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There’s a designer behind every great program, game or digital product.

Demand for user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) designers has never ben higher. By designing user interfaces, information architecture, and considering usability and user experience, interaction design helps you make the digital world accessible to everyone.

What Is Interaction Design?

Interaction Design is a discipline that focuses on creating meaningful and engaging interactions between users and digital or physical products, systems, or services. It involves designing the way users interact with technology to accomplish their goals effectively and efficiently while providing a positive user experience.

At the core of interaction design is the goal of creating interactions that are effortless, enjoyable, and valuable to users. This requires a deep understanding of user needs, behaviors, and preferences to inform the design process. Interaction designers at Champlain College use a variety of methods and techniques such as user research, persona development, wireframing, prototyping, and usability testing to guide their design decisions.

Why Study it at Champlain?

As an Interaction Design student at Champlain College, you will be prepared for a career where you can shape the future of technology by creating seamless and engaging user experiences. Our iterative approach allows you to refine and improve designs based on user feedback, ensuring that the final product or experience meets user expectations, goals, and needs. By applying these methods and techniques, our interaction designers are able to create interactive solutions that not only meet functional requirements but also provide delightful and valuable experiences for users.

We offer a compelling environment for studying interaction design with a curriculum tailored to industry needs. Our experienced faculty bring real-world expertise to the classroom, ensuring that you gain practical skills and knowledge that meet current industry standards. From day one, you’ll engage in hands-on learning experiences and work on projects that challenge you to apply your skills in real-world scenarios. Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to immerse yourself in the field from the start, accelerating your learning and preparing you for internships and industry experience earlier in your academic journey. With state-of-the-art facilities, strong industry connections, and a supportive community, you’ll have access to the tools, resources, and mentorship you need to thrive in the dynamic field of interaction design and create experiences that positively impact users’ lives.

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Different by Design

Real Experience, Right Away

With our Upside-Down curriculum, you’ll start exploring design, programming, and interaction psychology in your first semester.

Learn the Same Way You’ll Work

You’ll collaborate and learn from fields like business, psychology, and computer science, preparing you to design holistic and impactful user experiences, and you’ll have chances to do work for real clients in your first year.

Small School, Big Resources

Get experiential learning and industry exposure by participating in real-world projects at the Leahy Center, Emergent Media Center, and an exclusive membership to Generator Makerspace.


According to, interaction designers earn competitive salaries, reflecting the high demand for their specialized skills.


Graduates of the program secure employment or further education within six months of graduation.

The Most

Champlain was named as “Most Innovative School” by U.S. News & World Report in its “America’s Best Colleges” 2024 ranking of universities in the North.

Sample Courses in the Interaction Design Major

Our Interaction Design degree is designed for the “do-ers.” Your courses will cover everything you need to know to bring ideas to life in the form of interfaces like websites and apps. Topics in your curriculum include programming, to design, to making meaning visually and cognitive psychology. Check out some of the engaging and hands-on courses in the program. Our Upside-Down Curriculum puts you in your major, right away.

Second Year


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Career Success

Our Interaction Design students graduate career-ready with professional experience and a full toolkit of versatile skills. You’ll be prepared for today’s, and tomorrow’s digital opportunities.

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By the time you graduate, you will…

  • Possess a deep understanding of user-centered design principles and methods.
  • Have acquired a diverse skill set in user research, prototyping, and usability testing.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in designing intuitive and visually appealing user interfaces.
  • Be adept at applying design thinking and problem-solving strategies to create innovative solutions.
  • Have built a strong portfolio that demonstrates your ability to deliver impactful and user-centered design experiences.

You’ll Find a Career In…

  • Web design
  • UX design
  • UI design
  • Front-end development
  • Usability research
  • Mobile design
  • Interactive media

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