M.A. in Design with a concentration in Interaction Design (IxD)

Design thinking and Human-centered design are at the heart of a new graduate program (beginning in the fall of 2017) at UNT’s New College campus in Frisco. It’s an M.A. in Design with a concentration in Interaction Design (MA | IxD). This degree program is the only one of its kind in the North Texas region.

The demand for human centered-centered design leaders and thinkers has grown exponentially in the past decade as companies and organizations are challenged to positively transform their businesses products, and services. Now more than ever, effectively and consistently meeting the needs of diverse users dictates market success and, as importantly, cultural approval.

For those seeking to travel on this future wave, the University of North Texas’ M.A. in Design with a concentration in Interaction Design (IxD) is the launch pad. This degree is designed to help individuals and organizations gain the skills, methods, and experiences needed to define meaningful, effective and successful human-centered products, services, and systems.

Whether you are looking to pivot your career, mature your organization, or define a product idea, the M.A. in IxD program can help you discover and achieve your future. The curriculum offers:

  • Flexible evening and weekend courses
  • Multidisciplinary classroom experiences
  • Interaction with industry experts
  • Real-world, hands-on projects

Now being offered at UNT’s New College campus in Frisco, Texas, this design-based master’s degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to launch and sustain a career in interaction design (IxD) or user experience design (UxD). You’ll learn how to create, introduce and maintain innovative products, systems and services with the needs and wants of their end users in mind. Additionally, you’ll also learn to create competitive advantages for a wide variety of companies and organizations that value this proven approach to facilitating deeper user engagement.

Taking courses in this new master’s degree program at UNT’s New College at Frisco will place you in the heart of one of America’s most thriving IxD and UxD job markets. The Plano/Frisco/Dallas-area is among the Top 15 most lucrative markets in North America for people who possess IxD- and UxD-based knowledge and job skills.

The three courses from this curriculum that will be taught this fall are:

  • ADES 5410 Foundations and Frameworks of Interaction Design (Mondays, 6:30 to 9:20 pm, Frisco room 121)
  • ADES 5420 Human-Centered Interaction Design I (Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:20 pm, Frisco room 121)
  • ADES 5450 Data and Information Visualization and Design (Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:20 pm, Frisco room 121)

For more information about the M.A. in Interaction Design, please visit https://newcollege.unt.edu/programs/interaction-user-experience-design or contact the following UNT faculty who coordinate and teach within this program directly:

Student accomplishments

Kris Haro and Jonathan Wenske

CVAD Communication Design juniors Johnathan Wenske and Kris Haro had no idea when they designed their project, “When Nuture Calls” for Mark Allen’s class that the project would soon go viral on the internet. The class project called for students to design a campaign for a social issue or product.  Taking on the apparently highly controversial topic of public breastfeeding,  the project, was shown at the DVCC student award competition and was picked up by major news outlets and publications.

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CVAD Communication Design juniors Johnathan Wenske and Kris Haro had no idea when they designed their project, “When Nuture Calls” for Mark Allen’s class that the project would soon go viral on the internet. The class project called for students to design a campaign for a social issue or product.  Taking on the apparently highly controversial topic of public breastfeeding,  the project, was shown at the DVCC student award competition and was picked up by major news outlets and publications.

Alumni accomplishments

Simon Walker

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