BFA in Design with concentration in Interaction Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, specializing in Interaction Design (IxD), is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary four-year program totaling 120 credits, inclusive of CORE 34 requirements. Geared towards preparing students for diverse career trajectories, this program uniquely integrates User Interface Design (UI) and User Experience Design (UX) with traditional design methodologies. With a primary focus on developing digital products, interfaces, and immersive environments, the program champions a human-centered and applied design approach. The curriculum aims to furnish students with essential industry skills, a profound understanding of UI/UX best practices, and the capability to effectively meet user needs and expectations.

What distinguishes the Interaction Design concentration at KU from comparable programs nationwide is its explicit emphasis on visual communication principles and industrial design, specifically in product design. Breaking away from conventional boundaries, the degree places significant weight on the creation of digital products, interfaces, and immersive environments. Employing a human-centered and applied design approach, the program ensures that students are well-prepared to excel in real-world design scenarios.

The Interaction Design program boasts a comprehensive and pragmatic curriculum that positions its graduates as highly sought-after by potential employers. Job prospects for program graduates encompass roles in user experience design, product design, human factors, design research, and product management.

Upon successful completion of the BFA Design, Interaction Design, students will possess the skills and knowledge needed to approach their work from a human-centered design perspective. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on research, usability, and user experience design, enabling students to cultivate a profound understanding of user needs and preferences. Furthermore, the program's focus on real-world experience and collaborative work equips students to effectively collaborate with clients, engineers, salespeople, and other design professionals. Through the program's studios, students have the opportunity to refine their concepts and designs in a supportive and stimulating environment, leveraging the latest design tools and technologies. Ultimately, program graduates will be well-prepared to conceive innovative and effective designs that cater to the needs and preferences of both users and stakeholders.

BDS 101 (Studio)4IXD 101 (Studio)4
BDS 103 (Studio)4VISC 101 (Studio)4
HA 100 (Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE))060**3ADS 3403
Core 34: English (SGE)0103Core 34: English (SGE)0103
ADS 3201Core 34: Math and Statistics (SGE)0303
 15 17
VISC 202 (Studio)4VISC 302 (Studio)4
VISC 204 (Studio)4VISC 304 (Studio)4
ADS 346 or 3453IXD 3023
Core 34: Natural and Physical Sciences (SGE)0404Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503
 ADS 3201
 15 15
IXD 402 (Studio)4IXD 412 (Studio)4
IXD 404 (Studio)4IXD 414 (Studio)4
Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503IXD 430 (Studio)3
Core 34: Communications (SGE)0203ADS 4023
 ADS 3201
 14 15
IXD 432 (Studio)4IXD 442 (Capstone Studio)4
IXD 4154IXD 4254
ADS 4503ADS 4551
Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603Core 34: US Culture (SGE)0703
 Core 34: Global Culture (SGE)0703
 14 15
Total Hours 120


*  - This course is a Required major course and is also part of Core 34: Systemwide General Education.  If this course is not taken to fulfill the Core 34:SGE requirement, it must be taken in place of elective hours.

**  - This course is a Recommended Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This specific course is not required but is recommended by the program’s faculty.

***  - This course is a Required Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This program is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents to require this specific Core 34:Systemwide General Education course.  If a student did not take this course it must be taken in addition to other degree requirements.