Interactive Design

  • Overview

    Are you creative, yet love technology and have a keen interest in understanding the how and why people do things? The intersection of computers and human behavior are critical in the development of many products and systems and its the role of interactive designers to solve these complex issues. Do you have what it takes?

    Interactive designers explore the creative and experiential approach to solve complex design problems. This can include multimedia, cell phone apps, video, website, user interfaces, gaming and education, however, can go well beyond these. Designers apply creativity, ideation, principles of good communication and technology skills to conceptualize, build, prototype and develop applications for a myriad of needs that include motion graphics, UI and UX design and digital storytelling. 

    Interactive design is concerned with user experience and the ability to understand the user journey, behavior and interactions. A focus on developing engaging interfaces and applying well thought out understanding of the user is critical for interactive designers. 

    With its origins in web and graphic design, this program will lend itself to building the skillsets of technology, multiple programming languages, user experience and human behavior to ensure students are prepared for the careers of today and tomorrow. This degree is available Fall 2021.

    High Demand Job Opportunities in Interactive Design

    Interactive designers/UX designers is listed as one of the Best Jobs in America by CNN Money with more than a 22% job growth over the next 10 years. And the good news continues with The Creative Group’s 2020 Salary Guide, placing the midpoint starting salary for interaction designers in the United States at $75,000.

    Interactive Design at William Peace University is an interdisciplinary opportunity for students to explore UX,UI, web design and collaborate with esports and simulation and game design. Degree option available Fall 2021.
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Design

    Liberal Education Curriculum49 credit hours
    Interactive Design Major Courses45 credit hours
    General Electives26 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.A. in Interactive Design120 credit hours

     

    Core Courses 33 credit hours
    SGD 111: Introduction to Simulation & Game Design3
    SGD 151: Computer Programming3
    COM 220: Design & Typography I3
    COM 300: Communication Research3
    COM 317: Design & Typography II3
    COM 417: Advanced Graphic Design Studio3
    CSC III: Programming for Everyone II*3
    CSC IV: Web Development*3
    WDM I: User Experience I Understanding User Experience*3
    WDM II: User Experience II Building Compelling User Exp.*3
    WDM III: Capstone Project- Goal Oriented Web Design*3

     

    Interactive Design Elective Courses (Choose 4) 12 credit hours
    BAN 320: Decision Science3
    COM 270: Digital Media Convergence3
    COM 311: Interactive & Social Media3
    COM 329: Imaging3
    COM 420: Motion for the Screen3
    MKT 230: Marketing3
    PSY 311: Cognitive Psychology3

    *While the majority of the coursework is taught by WPU faculty, note that a small number of courses will be taught online through our consortium partner, LCMC. LCMC offers a convenient way for students to gain access to specialized courses not taught at their home institution, helping them stay on track to graduate.

  • Faculty
    Assistant Professor of Simulation and Game Design
    Roger Christman, WPU Professor.
    Department Chair of Art, Communication, and SGD; Associate Professor of Art, Communication, and SGD
  • Careers

    A Positive Job Growth for Interactive Designers

    Interactive Design is a growing field that is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the continued popularity of mobile devices and ecommerce.

    Interactive Designers Earn High Salaries

    The median salary for a Web Developer and Digital Interface Designer is $67,707 – $77,540 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Zippia provides a more robust outlook for interactive designers in America making an average salary of $95,315 per year or $46 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $133,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $68,000 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shares that the median salary for Web Developer and Digital Interface Designers is between $67,707 and $77,540. 

    A more recent study conducted by Indeed, highlights that the average pay for an interactive designer in the U.S to be $102,443 and Glassdoor places the annual salary for an interaction designer between $61,000 to $115,000, with an average annual base pay of $88,124.

    Career Opportunities + Titles for Interactive Designers:

    • User Experience Design (UX)
    • User Interface Design (UI)
    • Graphic Design
    • Web Developer
    • Digital Interface Designer
    • Interactive Designer
    • Interaction Designer
Interactive design is a widely popular user-oriented field in the local area and around the world that focuses on communicating digital media content through technology. This degree gives students experience in several sought after areas of digital media such as user experience, interactive design, web design, graphic design, and interaction design. Students will be prepared to create interactive media for any company with a digital presence.
Brandon Crews
Assistant Professor
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