Interaction Design and Development program (G103)

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PROGRAM
Interaction Design and Development
CODE
G103
SCHOOL
School of Design
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
3 years plus optional 7th semester
STARTING MONTH
September, January
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Interaction Design is an interdisciplinary field merging design skills such as user experience, interface development and graphic design with coding fundamentals to create meaningful experiences between the user and digital platforms such as social media, websites, wearables and mobile devices.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Series of image depicting interaction design by student Joana Ferret

Interaction Design is an interdisciplinary field merging design skills such as user experience, interface development and graphic design with coding fundamentals to create meaningful experiences between the user and digital platforms such as social media, websites, wearables and mobile devices.

Modified by the psychological, social, economic and cultural factors that shape our present and future world, this ever-evolving field envisions new ways of human-computer interaction within systems, services, products and spaces across multiple industries.

Throughout the Interaction Design and Development program, students will be expected to address such topics as mixed realities, immersive environments, usability, spatial relations and human factors. Students will engage in research, design, testing and group work to create original interactions in a way that is meaningful and practical.

Part Time Study Options  

George Brown Continuing Education offers courses in a variety of digital applications, as well as certificate programs in Visual Arts Foundation, Cartooning, Digital Photography, and Web Design and Development. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca.

Field Education 

Optional Field Placement (available based on academic performance)

Your Field Education Options 

A non-mandatory Field Placement course (INTR4001) is available to students in Semester 7. This course is not required for students to graduate.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR1001 2D Visualization
INTR1002 Information Architecture I
INTR1003 Visual Design
INTR1004 Technology Systems
INTR1005 Technical Drawing I
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR1011 3D Visualization I
INTR1012 Information Architecture II
INTR1013 Information Design
INTR1014 Cognitive Dimensions
INTR1015 Technical Drawing II
GHUM1029 Design Culture

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR2001 3D Visualization II
INTR2002 Interface Development I
INTR2003 Communicating Design
INTR2004 Usability Testing
INTR2005 Branding and Strategies
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR2011 3D Visualization III
INTR2012 Interface Development II
INTR2013 Spatial Design and Immersive Environments
INTR2014 Semiotics
INTR2015 Social Networks
GHUM1089 Sequential Arts

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR3001 Interactive Video
INTR3002 Device Development I
INTR3004 Ergonomics
INTR3006 Portfolio I
INTR3008 Interactive Systems Project I
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR3011 Augmented Reality
INTR3012 Device Development II
INTR3013 Human-Computer Interaction
INTR3015 Digital Publishing
INTR3016 Portfolio II
INTR3018 Interactive Systems Project II

SEMESTER 7

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR4001* Field Placement

*Optional Field Placement. Students are able to graduate without Field Placement.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 


Chart displaying the possible education trajectory.  From High School into Art & Design Foundation or Interaction Design and Development.  You can also enter the program from Work, College or University.  After finishing the program some options include the Game Design Program, Interactive Media Management, Design Management, Interdisciplinary Design Strategy or a career in Graphic Design

Your Career 

Graduates of this program will have acquired the skills necessary to be employed in various digital media studios, with careers such as:

  • Information Architect
  • Interaction Designer
  • Mobile Designer
  • Mobile Developer
  • Production Artist
  • 3D Visualization Artist
  • Motion Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • User Interface Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • SEO/SEM Specialist

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$ 8,882.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials(non-refundable), student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

* Qualified applicants will be invited to complete the application questionnaire electronically. Details on the application questionnaire will be communicated at a later date to qualified applicants, as part of the review process.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Success Stories  

Watch the video below to see some of the incredible work created by students of the Interaction Design and Development Program.

Claire Hyeeun Son portrait

“The program and the research projects at George Brown helped me learn various aspects of interaction design and look at the problems from various angles. I have gained vast knowledge not only in interaction design but also in human-centered design. George Brown helped me break the shell and encouraged me to be a leader in finding better design solution.”

Claire Hyeeun Son, Graduate 2018 - Interaction Design and Development (G103), Digital Media Designer, RBC

Read more about Claire’s success and her experience at George Brown College.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Design

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3129

Email: interaction@georgebrown.ca

Program Co-ordinator: Ramon Delgado ext. 2147 or rdelgado@georgebrown.ca.

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

The School of Design is located at both 230 Richmond St. E. and 341 King St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1L1. This program is taught out of both locations. You can book a tour of the campus or explore our virtual tour.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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