M.S. in User Experience and Interaction Design

Curriculum

A student’s course schedule is based on whether they are on the traditional two-year track or the 18-month track, and whether they started in the fall or spring.

Two-Year Program – Fall Start

Fall - 1

  • Essentials of Interactive Design (6 credits)
  • Research & Design Process Methods (3 credits)

Spring - 1

  • Digital Experience Design (3 credits)
  • Information Architecture (3 credits)
  • Design Business and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

Summer - 1

  • Elective (3 credits)*

Fall - 2

  • UXD Thesis Project Preparation (1 credit)
  • Prototyping Interactive Interfaces I (3 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology for Design (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)*

Spring - 2

  • UXD Thesis Project (6 credits)


Total: 37 credits


Two-Year Program – Spring Start

Spring - 1

  • Essentials of Interactive Design (6 credits)
  • Design Business and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

Summer - 1

  • Elective (3 credits)*

Fall - 1

  • Digital Experience Design (3 credits)
  • Research & Design Process Methods (3 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology for Design (3 credits)

Spring - 2

  • UXD Thesis Project Preparation (1 credit)
  • Information Architecture (3 credits)
  • Prototyping Interactive Interfaces I (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)*

Fall - 2

  • UXD Thesis Project (6 credits)


Total: 37 credits


18-Month Program – Fall Start (only) 

Fall

  • Digital Experience Design (3 credits)
  • Research & Design Process Methods (3 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology for Design (3 credits)

Spring

  • UXD Thesis Project Preparation (1 credits)
  • Information Architecture (3 credits)
  • Prototyping Interactive Interfaces I (3 credits)
  • Design Business and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

Summer

  • Elective (3 credits)*

Fall

  • UXD Thesis Project (6 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)*


Total: 31 credits


Examples of Graduate User Experience & Interaction Design Elective Options

*All students are required to complete 6 credits of electives to fulfill their degree requirements. Although electives are suggested for specific terms in order to balance workload, students may enroll in electives in any term after the successful completion of IDD-510 - Essentials of Interactive Design. Students in the 18-month program may enroll in electives any time.

  • Prototyping Interactive Interfaces II (3 credits)
  • Database Management/Scripting (3 credits)
  • Interactive Narrative/Drama (3 credits)
  • Mobile Communication Design
  • Advanced Web Design & Strategy (3 credits)
  • 3D Modeling (3 credits)
  • Virtual Reality Design (3 credits)
  • Special Topic (3 credits, 1 credit or .5 credit)
  • Internship (3 credits, 1 credit or .5 credit)
  • Independent Study (3 credits, 1 credit or .5 credit)


For complete course descriptions, please visit the Thomas Jefferson University Graduate Course Descriptions here.

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