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Interaction Design

The following courses are upper division courses that are part of Santa Monica College’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Interaction Design. Enrollment is limited to admitted program participants. For more information, please see www.smcixd.org. Transferability of these courses will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the transfer institution.

IXD 310, Interaction Design Studio 1 3 units

Prerequisite: Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Interaction Design.

With the prevalence of the computer in contemporary culture, Interaction Design has emerged as a practice that determines how people engage with technology. This course examines the specific field of Interaction Design; its history, human-centered design principles, and screen-based interaction patterns. Students learn how to design the behavior of interactive digital interfaces and gain an understanding of how design decisions impact a user’s experience and the overall success of a product. Students analyze historical examples, contemporary user interfaces, and their own designs. Students also learn how to design, justify, and articulate using human-centered design principles and screen-based interaction patterns.

This course is open only to students who have been admitted to SMC’s Bachelor of Science program in Interaction Design. See www.smcixd.org for more information. Transferability of this course will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the transfer institution.

5401 6:30p-9:35p Th CMD 271 Chan N R

Arrange-2 Hours N
Above section 5401 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

IXD 350, Interactive Storytelling 3 units

Prerequisite: Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Interaction Design.

This design course focuses on the storytelling component of interaction design with a special focus on prototyping and motion graphics. Exploring different types of prototyping, from paper prototypes to digital, screen-based prototypes (e.g, web-based tools, video prototypes), students use storytelling to describe experiences in interaction design. Students use a hands-on approach to design a better experience for end users by sketching, storytelling, experimenting, making and testing. Students create prototypes at different levels of fidelity using appropriate tools and technologies.

This course is open only to students who have been admitted to SMC’s Bachelor of Science program in Interaction Design. See www.smcixd.org for more information. Transferability of this course will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the transfer institution.

5402 6:30p-9:35p T CMD 271 Safioulline M

Arrange-2 Hours N
Above section 5402 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

IXD 370, Design for Community Change 3 units

Prerequisite: Interaction Design 330.

In this course, students work with a variety of organizations addressing a community need to design and develop a project with social impact. Students apply a variety of user experience and interaction design skill sets to work collaboratively with community stakeholders in identifying and helping to solve a need. Through this experience, students recognize and demonstrate many interaction design practices related to research, analysis, concept, design and prototyping to work on a project designed to serve a community need.

This course is open only to students who have been admitted to SMC’s Bachelor of Science program in Interaction Design. See www.smcixd.org for more information. Transferability of this course will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the transfer institution.

5001 2:00p-5:05p W CMD 271 Chan N R

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 5001 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

IXD 410, Project Management for Design 2 units

Transfer: CSU Prerequisite: Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Interaction Design.

This course contextualizes project management for interaction designers. Project Management for Design provides a comprehensive overview of current design development processes and tools used to successfully deliver a high-quality project on time. Students will learn to clearly communicate with clients and manage the design process while integrating design objectives into the overall development timeline. Students will develop leadership skills, learn to plan, organize, motivate, and control resources based on project goals.

This course is open only to students who have been admitted to SMC’s Bachelor of Science program in Interaction Design. See www.smcixd.org for more information.

5002 Arrange 7.5 Hours ONLINE Cavanaugh J Y

Above section 5002 meets for 12 weeks, Aug 28 to Nov 17, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

IXD 430, Interaction Design Studio 3 3 units

Prerequisite: Interaction Design 330.

Students design for the complexities of large scale systems, services, and digital networks. The course provides a survey of current system design, information architecture, and topics in interaction design such as The Internet of Things. Working in teams modeled after professional studios, students conduct exploratory ethnographic research to form novel strategies, concepts, maps, user narratives, and models for our increasingly complex world of networked objects, spaces, and people. This course encourages students to leverage team brainstorms and critiques in order to develop consistency through an entire ecosystem.

This course is open only to students who have been admitted to SMC’s Bachelor of Science program in Interaction Design. See www.smcixd.org for more information. Transferability of this course will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the transfer institution.

5403 6:30p-9:35p M CMD 271 Sweidan S

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 5403 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

IXD 460, Tangible Interaction 3 units

Prerequisite: Interaction Design 360.

Students explore the design of user interfaces that blend digital and physical interactions. Working with creative technologies such as microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators, students create functional prototypes that explore new interaction techniques, principles, and strategies. This course immerses students into prototyping through hands-on class workshops and research into contemporary examples such as the Internet of Things, Smart Objects, and Voice User Interface (VUI). Students explore the expressive capabilities of technology through user observations, affordances, and converting physical action into digital information.

This course is open only to students who have been admitted to SMC’s Bachelor of Science program in Interaction Design. See www.smcixd.org for more information. Transferability of this course will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the transfer institution.

5404 6:30p-9:35p W CMD 271 Safioulline M

Arrange-2 Hours
Above section 5404 meets at the Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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