Interaction Design encompasses areas and genres such as human-computer interaction, software design, graphic communication, user-centred design, research methodologies, and interface design, amongst others. It is commonly applied to and used in design problems around software products such as websites, mobile and desktop apps, as well as physical spaces like museum exhibits, trade shows, and assembly lines.
The certificate program is an applied program that operates with the intention of making students job-ready and graduates exit the program with a professional-level portfolio and a range of in-demand skills, whereas the degree program offers more in depth exploration and theory as well.
For more information about studying interaction design through undergraduate degrees at Emily Carr you are welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Unfortunately, this program does not currently qualify for a Canadian Student Loan. Another funding option to consider would be a student line of credit (sometimes called a personal line of credit) available at many financial institutions.
Check for possible funding options through WorkBC as well.
The program ends with Industry Night, where working professionals in a range of roles and fields within interaction design spend 1-on-1 time with graduating students to review their portfolios, share their own experiences and provide advice.
We don’t keep official employment statistics but we certainly have graduates who find employment in the UX/UI design field. Following are some articles with links to projects and more information about some of our graduates:
Students in the Interaction Design Essentials program have access to their studio classroom during scheduled class time.
Interaction Design Essentials students have full access to a variety of sites at Emily Carr, including the library and cafeteria. Building hours are posted at ecuad.ca. Students also have access to Lynda.com for additional learning.
Since this is an intensive, full-time program with 15 hours of classtime and between 15-25 hours of work outside of class each week (and students are expected to attend at least 85% of classes) we recommend that if you work, try for no more than 1 to 2 days per week.
Coding and Adobe Creative Cloud knowledge are not prerequisites for the program, and so you do not need to learn coding languages or software before applying. However, any learning you choose to do in advance can help prepare you for the program and be of benefit.
Upon successful completion of the Interaction Design Essentials Program students will achieve alumni status at Emily Carr and will be eligible for 10% discount on Continuing Studies courses as well as a variety of programs and discounts through Alumni Services. For more information, visit ecuaa.ca.