Interaction Design Program
(previously G103)
(G113)

2019-20202020-2021

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Overview

Program Overview

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 Description

Interaction Design is an interdisciplinary field merging design skills such as user experience, interface development and graphic design with programming to create meaningful experiences between the user, digital and physical platforms, such as 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 program, students will be expected to address such topics as mixed realities, immersive environments, usability, spatial relations and human factors. An emphasis on usability testing, research, collaboration and real-world projects distinguish this program.

This program is part of our School of Design.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Collaborate in a team environment with various stakeholders to design multi-disciplinary products and services.
  2. Apply the appropriate tools that allow for designing, building, visualizing, and programming digital interactive experiences.
  3. Assess the requirements of a complex interactive media project.
  4. Plan the development and execution of an interaction design project in response to resource and budgetary requirements.
  5. Design a complex media project (interface, navigation, graphics, text treatment) using best practice design and development principles, and applying conceptual and theoretical frameworks.
  6. Make interactive products, environments, systems and services using appropriate technologies, materials, and manufacturing methods.
  7. Perform all work in compliance with regulations, legislation, security policies, industry standards and codes of ethics.
  8. Use research skills to assess and inform optimal digital user experience within interactive interfaces.
  9. Apply creative and innovative thinking techniques to manage change and solve design problems.
  10. Make recommendations based on human computer interaction design guidelines to improve user experiences with interaction design.
  11. Design an interactive product or service that delivers a usable interactive experience.
  12. Contribute to a variety of interactive platforms and environments, incorporating the principles and elements of design.
  13. Create a design solution in accordance with strategies, recommendations and state of the art methodologies.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR1001 2D Visualization
INTR1002 Information Architecture 1
INTR1003 Visual Design
INTR1005 Technical Drawing 1
INTR1006 Interactive Systems
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR1011 3D Visualization 1
INTR1012 Information Architecture 2
INTR1013 Information Design
INTR1015 Technical Drawing 2
INTR2004 Usability Testing
GHUM1029 Design Culture

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR1014 Cognitive Ergonomics
INTR2001 3D Visualization 2
INTR2002 Interface Development 1
INTR2003 Communicating Design
INTR2005 Branding and Marketing Strategies
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR2011 3D Visualization 3
INTR2012 Interface Development 2
INTR2013 Physical Interfaces
INTR2016 Design Process and Management
INTR3004 Ergonomics in Design
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR3002 Device Development 1
INTR3006 Portfolio 1
INTR3008 Interactive Systems Project 1
INTR3010 Immersive Media 1
INTR3013 Human Computer Interactions
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
INTR3012 Device Development 2
INTR3018 Interactive Systems Project 2
INTR3020 Immersive Media 2
INTR3019 Data Visualization
INTR3016 Portfolio 2
  or
INTR3030 Field Placement

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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

$9,191.00 *

Additional Costs

*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 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

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

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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.

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Claire Hyeeun Son

“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 solutions.”

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

Contact Us

School of Design

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3129

Email: interaction@georgebrown.ca

Program Co-ordinator: Xavier Masse, ext. 3281 or xmasse@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

This program is part of our School of Design, located at our Waterfront Campus at 3 Lower Jarvis St.

Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options, meet your friendly professors and staff, and experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom at one of our information sessions. You can also book a tour of the campus or explore our virtual tour.

The new home of the School of Design

In 2019 the School of Design moved to the Daniels Waterfront—City of the Arts complex at our Waterfront Campus. This 103,000-square-foot facility houses our design programs and serves as a research hub. It also includes the following features:

  • Virtual and augmented reality lab
  • Usability and testing lab
  • Future Ways of Living lab
  • Peer Tutor lab
  • Digital Sandbox
  • Incubators
  • Prototyping and workshop spaces

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