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Master of Arts in Interaction Design

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Program Description


The UD Master of Arts in Interaction Design (MA IxD) is an intense, multi-disci​plinary program in which
students are challenged to understand, design and play ​with relationships between people and technology.​

The 1-year MA IxD program provides students from various design-related backgrounds with the opportunity to experiment with creative applications of advanced technologies within a nurturing, studio-based environment. Students explore on- and off-screen technologies in the form of new products, experiences, and services with an emphasis on how these technologies affect, augment, and assist human conditions from personal, cultural and sustainable points of view.

The MA IxD program offers a truly cross-disciplinary education, taking advantage of the world-class University environment and faculty. In addition to a wide array of electives, the curriculum includes courses in Business/Entrepreneurship, Mechanical Engineering, Design Thinking and Industrial Design that augment the core IxD Studio courses. Program faculty are experts in their fields and understand that our graduates need a working knowledge of how these fields relate and contribute to a highly collaborative, professional IxD practice.

Extra-Curricular Experiences

​MA IxD Students have access to opportunities outside of the University, including international study abroad programs in London, England, internships, visiting designers, and field trips to New York City and beyond. These experiences extend the program curriculum outside of one’s studio, emphasizing a learning-by-doing, hands-on, immersive education.

Program Facilities

Our facilities include the latest digital fabrication and prototyping technologies in conjunction with computer-based and traditional art-making tools. IxD students learn and use 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers and physical computing in combination with substantial animation, video, photography, wood, metal, ceramic and printmaking facilities. The UD/ArtD department has a long history of supporting reciprocity between thinking and making and dedicates a large amount of space and resources to these pursuits.

Program History

​​The IxD program is built on the shoulders of UD’s internationally-ranked undergraduate Visual Communications Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Since 1967, the VC-BFA program has continued to graduate creative leaders who shape global culture through graphic design-related professions. MA IxD students take advantage of the opportunities afforded by close contact with VC-BFA faculty, students and resources.​

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Master of Arts in Interaction Design
  • Department of Art & Design
  • 104 Recitation Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2244