Get a head start in the exciting realm of interaction design. Interaction design focuses on how people engage with all forms of digital technology, including mobile devices, collaborative interfaces, and global networks. Interaction designers are creative problem-solvers who find new ways to integrate technology into our lives – by creating new products, developing better applications, and generating more compelling content. In response to high employer demand, Sheridan has developed Canada’s first four-year interaction design bachelor’s degree. Our unique, multidisciplinary interaction design program cultivates a big-picture perspective and diverse set of skills, laying a foundation for interaction design careers and fostering entrepreneurship. Interaction design courses integrate material from: Design theory and process Visual communication and visual culture 2D and 3D design Digital media design and production Physical and mobile computing Computer programming Business practices and entrepreneurship Resourceful and Creative Students in the Interaction Design bachelor’s degree program will gain practical experience in all stages of the creative process, from research and planning through design and execution. The program includes a 14-week job placement between the third and fourth years. During the fourth year, students will complete a variety of projects (both individual and team-based) to develop a body of work that demonstrates their creativity, communication skills, and technological savvy. This wide-ranging program is as adaptable as technology itself. Students will develop advanced technological literacy and use it to express their own ideas and creativity. Bachelor of Interaction Design courses are held at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario. Program Benefits Interaction design Visual communication Process/Planning Interactive media/computation Business, including entrepreneurial practice, professionalism and leadership To view program video, click here. Code Title Credits Term 1 VDES 19798 Design Fundamentals 1: Visual Language 3 VDES 10199 Interaction Design 1: Interface 3 HIST 16048 History of Computational Media 3 INFO 18081 Digital Tools 1: Image Creation and Manipulation 3 VDES 14717 Conceptual Process for Interaction 1 3 ENGL17889GD Composition and Rhetoric 3 Total: 18 Term 2 VDES 15738 Design Fundamentals 2: Typography 3 VDES 10918 Interaction Design 2: Navigation 3 ATDN 15892 Writing for Interaction Design 3 INFO 17198 Digital Tools 2: Sequence and Sound 3 VDES 12350 Conceptual Process for Interaction 2 3 Breadth Elective (DO) 3 Total: 18 Term 3 VDES 24178 Visual Design 1: Form and Content 3 VDES 20146 3D Design 1: Spatial Thinking and Materials 3 DESN 16206 Research Methods in Human Centered Design 3 INFO 24857 Computational Media 3 DESN 19999 Design and Systems Thinking 3 Breadth Elective (DO) 3 Total: 18 Term 4 VDES 25892 Visual Design 2: Visual Rhetoric 3 VDES 29207 3D Design 2: Modeling 3 DESN 10799 Contemporary Problems in Interaction Design 3 INFO 28823 Interactive Media: Motion 3 DESN 20102 Design and Information Architecture 3 Breadth Elective (DO) 3 Total: 18 Term 5 VDES 12550 Visualizing Information 1: Data 3 DESN 30146 Interactive Objects and Environments 1: Products 3 DESN 20123 Usability Studies 3 VDES 11322 Visual Narrative for Interaction Design 3 DESN 27198 Integrated System Design 1: Databases 3 Breadth Elective (DO) 3 COWT 10023 Cooperative Education Internship Forum Total: 18 Term 6 VDES 23431 Visualizing Information 2: Modeling 3 DESN 37900 Interactive Objects and Environments 2: Physical Computing 3 BUSM 16767 Professional Business Practices 1 - Interaction Design 3 VDES 34444 Interactive Narrative 3 DESN 36367 Integrated System Design 2: Dynamic Data 3 Breadth Elective (DO) 3 Total: 18 COWT 18888 Internship Term 7 VDES 45892 Collaborative Workshop 1 3 VDES 40065 Interaction Design Studies 1 3 BUSM 20172 Professional Business Practices – Interaction Design 3 BUSM 20587 Project Management 3 Breadth Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 18 Term 8 VDES 43921 Collaborative Workshop 2 3 VDES 45738 Interaction Design Studies 2 3 VDES 46529 Portfolio Project 3 INFO 46859 Computation Studio 3 Breadth Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 18 Note: Courses subject to change. Graduates from the interaction design bachelor’s degree program should enjoy excellent employment prospects. Employers increasingly look for independent thinkers and creative leaders who can work across boundaries, rather than plugging into a predefined niche. Interaction design graduates will be equipped to create their own jobs, launch their own businesses, or take the lead in new industries that may not even exist yet — but will in five years. This emerging field offers limitless creative potential and opportunities in many sectors, including: Entertainment Mobile computing Marketing E-commerce Education Marketing, product and innovation Social innovation Program Eligibility Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses: English, Grade 12 (ENG4U) plus One senior-level Visual Arts credit at the M or Open level Four other Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level Minimum 65% overall average or Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with a minimum 65% overall average Applicant Selection Eligible applicants are selected on the assessment of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses). Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs. Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term beginning April 24, 2012. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Bachelor of Interaction Design program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.