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.

Overview

Program name
Interaction Design
Code
G113
Location
Experiential learning
Optional Field Placement (available based on academic performance)
Duration
3 years plus optional 7th semester
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Opens Mar 2019
May 2020 N/A

Full 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 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.

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.

Experiential Learning

Optional Field Placement (available based on academic performance)

Your Field Study 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

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.

Required Courses

The curriculum is undergoing an update. Please consult this page for a revised course list to be published in Fall 2018

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
INTR10012D Visualization
INTR1002Information Architecture I
INTR1003Visual Design
INTR1004Technology Systems
INTR1005Technical Drawing I
COMM1007College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
INTR10113D Visualization I
INTR1012Information Architecture II
INTR1013Information Design
INTR1014Cognitive Dimensions
INTR1015Technical Drawing II
GHUM1029Design Culture

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
INTR20013D Visualization II
INTR2002Interface Development I
INTR2003Communicating Design
INTR2004Usability Testing
INTR2005Branding and Strategies
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
INTR20113D Visualization III
INTR2012Interface Development II
INTR2013Spatial Design and Immersive Environments
INTR2014Semiotics
INTR2015Social Networks
GHUM1089Sequential Arts

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
INTR3001Interactive Video
INTR3002Device Development I
INTR3004Ergonomics
INTR3006Portfolio I
INTR3008Interactive Systems Project I
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
INTR3011Augmented Reality
INTR3012Device Development II
INTR3013Human-Computer Interaction
INTR3019Data Visualization
INTR3016Portfolio II
INTR3018Interactive Systems Project II

SEMESTER 7

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
INTR4001*Field Placement

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

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

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

Educational/Degree Pathway

Chart displaying the possible education trajectory.  You can enter the interaction Design and Development program from High School, work, other college or university programs and from our Art & Design Foundation program. After finishing the program some options for further study include Game Design Program, Interactive Media Management, Design Management, Interdisciplinary Design Strategy, the Honours Bachelor of Digital Experience Design Degree. Graduates may also chose to begins a career in interaction design

Tuition

$9,191.00 *

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 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.

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.

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Success Stories

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


Claire Hyeeun Interaction Design and Development Graduate from George Brown College

“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.”

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

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 St. James Campus, and is currently taught out of both 230 Richmond Street East and 341 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada BUT an exciting move is planned for 2019 – see more below!

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.

Future School of Design Building

In 2019, the School of Design will get a new home. George Brown College's Waterfront Campus is expanding to include an exciting new 103,000-square-foot facility in the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts development at 162 Queens Quay East that will house our School of Design programs and a research hub. This state-of-the-art building will support academic programs and industry projects, with features such as:

  • 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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