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Degree Requirements


D.S. in Information and Interaction Design Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.
  • Prerequisites: You are expected to be prepared for advanced work in information or interface design, visual design, professional writing and research. If you have deficiencies in one or more of these areas, you may be required to take additional coursework beyond the 48 credits required for the degree.

    You are also required to develop a high degree of competence in at least one technology involving digital information systems. As a prerequisite for this part of your studies, if you have not passed the Hypermedia Proficiency Examination (register online to take the exam), you are expected to complete PBDS 660: Introduction to Web Development with a grade of B or better; this course does not count toward your completion of the degree program.

This 48-credit program requires:

Core Courses (12 credits)

  • Interaction and Interface Design (IDIA 612)
  • Humans, Computers and Cognition (IDIA 640)
  • Proseminar (IDIA 810)
  • Methods for User Research (IDIA 842)

Working with a doctoral adviser, you will choose appropriate graduate-level courses to fulfill the following course, special topics and project requirements.

Practical Skills Courses (9 credits)

Choose three advanced courses from the following areas. One of these courses must be IDIA 616: Designing for Mobile Web, IDIA 618: Dynamic Websites or IDIA 619: Interactive Multimedia.

  • Graphic Design/Videography
  • Interaction and Information Design

Areas of Focus (9 credits)

Select three courses from one of the following areas:

  • Government/Public-Sector Applications
  • Interaction Design for New Media
  • Educational Applications
  • User Research

Electives (6 credits)

Project-Related Work (12 credits)

  • D.S. Project, 12 credits (IDIA 899)
as of fall 2014