Interaction Design Certificate
Our Interaction Design Certificate is a six-month, full-time program that merges user experience and visual communication principles and concepts. Students develop skills in design, coding and motion graphics as they produce both web and mobile-based applications. Graduates exit the program with a professional-level portfolio and the skills demanded by industry. This career-focused program prepares graduates for a variety of roles in user interface and user experience in the high-tech sector.
Applications to the Interaction Design Certificate for April 2019 are now open.
To begin your application via SlideRoom, please review Admissions requirements. Deadline to apply is Friday March 8th 2019.
The goal of the Interaction Design program is to provide students with the skills required for entry-level employment within contemporary interactive design and digital media sector. Ideal for students with a passion for interaction design and technology, eager to launch and grow their career, successful students in this intensive program are those who take initiative in their own learning, manage their time well and have a strong work ethic.
Interaction Design Certificate students include:
- University graduates looking to change careers
- Visual artists looking to move into digital or UX design
- Established professionals looking to expand their skills
- High school graduates with a passion for technology and design
- Individuals looking to launch a career in interaction or communication design
Students who complete the Interaction Design Certificate Program should have the skills and knowledge required to:
• Develop interactive web sites with creative and technical proficiency
• Produce responsive web sites and interactive mobile applications using current design methodologies and tools
• Apply appropriate user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design principles and terminology
• Demonstrate proficient usage of industry-standard programming languages, terminology, software and tools
• Design visual graphics, including raster, vector and motion graphics, for optimized application in interactive media
• Practice efficient research, analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving techniques
• Employ effective time management and organizational strategies to meet project deadlines
• Exemplify positive peer communications and team work in both remote and face-to-face environments
• Produce a professional portfolio
The Interaction Design program is an intensive, full-time 6-month (24-week) program with intakes in April and September. The program consists of two 12-week terms. Term one consists of introductory design and interaction practice. Term two builds to greater levels of technically-advanced practice. There are 15 hours of classes weekly meeting a total of 360 class hours.
Assignments + Assessments
An assessment of the learning outcomes of each student is prepared by the instructor. Students are evaluated through the completion of assignments and projects. A minimum C+ is required to achieve a passing grade in each course and to receive a certificate. Students can expect at least 1 hour of homework outside of class for every 1 hours of class.
Professional conduct, collaboration and teamwork, time management, organization, communication, participation and attendance, will also affect the final grade. Attendance is compulsory.
To receive a passing grade in each of their courses, students must:
- complete assignments, exercises, and activities to the instructor’s stated requirements;
- satisfy all course learning outcomes. All assignments must be completed to the evaluative standard set by the instructor to satisfy the learning outcomes of the course and program.
Career + Further Education
Interaction Design Certificate recipients can apply their education to a variety of roles within the interaction and digital media sector. Depending on the level of work achieved and previous education and experience, students can pursue a range of entry-level opportunities including:
- web developers
- web designers
- new media project managers
- mobile application developers
- interactive designers
- user interface (UI) designers
- user experience (UX) designers
Students can use work from their certificate program in an admissions portfolio to apply for the following programs:
- Bachelor of Design