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Instructions, buttons, colors, sounds, progress indications—how do you design a successful interaction between a human and a product or device?
Learn how to build an effective and appealing user experience (UX) for all kinds of technology, including mobile apps, websites, and installations. In Champlain’s Interaction Design major, you’ll gain experience in the visual design and aesthetic, programming, psychology, and other user interface (UI) design considerations involved in creating a successful human-device interaction.
Interaction design—encompassing areas such as UX and UI—is a booming career field with high demand for experienced professionals. In fact, UX design ranked fifth on LinkedIn’s Top Skills Companies Need the Most in 2020 list.
Start learning interaction and UX design from day one. In our Upside-Down Curriculum, you get to jump right into your major in your first year—you'll start exploring design, programming, and interaction psychology in your very first semester.
Our focus on hands-on learning ensures you graduate with real experience in your field. Collaborating with students in other majors, such as App Development and Graphic Design & Visual Communication, you'll practice working as part of a team to complete a project; you'll be well versed in professional processes when you enter the workforce.
JUST THE FACTS
The 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report (for the seventh consecutive year!) in its "America's Best Colleges" 2022 rankings.
Burlington, Vermont, our hometown, is ranked the #1 Best College Town by Travel + Leisure magazine.
GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE
Is there a particular aspect of the work that draws you to interaction design? After becoming familiar with interaction and UX design, you'll have the option to declare a concentration in either Implementation or Visual Design. Can't pick just one? You can choose from an enticing variety of program electives, from audio production to typography, to focus on the topics that interest you most.
Located next to our Miller Center at Lakeside building, Generator is Burlington's fully equipped makerspace-it has 3D printers, virtual/augmented reality gear, a metal shop, a well-stocked electronics lab, and much more. As a Champlain student, you'll be eligible for free membership and can use private space designated for Champlain College.
In the Emergent Media Center (EMC), students in all years and majors can collaborate with faculty and staff on a variety of innovative projects for local clients; the work typically blends technology and design in new and interesting ways. One of our Centers of Experience, the EMC is an inspiring and creative space, where many students have opportunities for paid internships each semester.
DESIGN YOUR FUTURE
Throughout your studies, you'll work with your career coach and faculty advisor to explore various industries and career paths. Between fascinating classroom projects and extensive opportunities for internships, you'll have a great portfolio of work to show employers when you graduate.
Businesses and organizations are continually finding new ways to engage with communities. In addition to the current workforce demand, your interaction design skills are likely to be needed in roles that haven't yet been created.
Identify and evaluate processes by which user experiences (UX) and user interfaces (UI) are designed in professional settings; apply these processes effectively to specific design opportunities.
Evaluate the social impacts of existing technologies through ethical, historical, and cultural contexts; identify biases embedded in interactive products and indesign processes; evaluate and apply best practices for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the design of interactive projects.
View all learning outcomes for graduates of the Interaction Design major.
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