Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Interaction Design

Interaction Design is an interdisciplinary field that uses human-centered processes to create meaningful, usable, and desirable design solutions for sites of interaction. Interaction designers shape the everyday behaviors of digital and physical environments, services, products and systems.

Track 1:

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

78-credits in studio and art/design history coursework:

Required
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CAH 1091Art History II: Historical Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CDE 1090Design Fundamentals I
CDE 1091Design Fundamentals II
CFN 1090First-Year Studio 1: Drawing and Surface
CFN 1091First-Year Studio 2: Form and Materials
CFN 1092First Year Studio 3: Time and Light
CFN 1093First-Year Studio 4: Interaction
CIXD 2090Narrative Media for Interaction
CIXD 2091Systems Thinking for Interaction Design
CIXD 2111Creative Code
CIXD 3090Human Centered Design for Social Engagement
CIXD 3091Prototyping and Fabrication for Interaction
CIXD 3820Engagement Lab (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)
CIXD 3910Collaborative Design Project
CIXD 4090Interaction Design Thesis I
CIXD 4091Interaction Design Thesis II
CIXD 4193Topics in Design Leadership
9 credits of time-based media or computational media electives in CIXD, CDM, or from the following:
CGD 4120Environmental Design
CSA 2601Time-Based Media and Materials Workshop
CSA 3202Sculpture Digital Forms
6 credits of studio electives in any art or design area
3 credits in design history course at the 3000-4000 level from the following:
CAH 3060History of Design
CAH 3065Digital Media Culture
CAH 4179Topics in Design History and Theory
CAH 4410From Arts and Crafts to Ikea
A 3-credit design research seminar at the 3000-4000 level from the following:
CAH 4179Topics in Design History and Theory
CIXD 4020Topics in Design Research


Track 2:

For program Option 2, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

87 credits in program-specific coursework. This includes completion of a minor program with at least 18 credits.

Required
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CAH 1091Art History II: Historical Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CDE 1090Design Fundamentals I
CDE 1091Design Fundamentals II
CFN 1090First-Year Studio 1: Drawing and Surface
CFN 1091First-Year Studio 2: Form and Materials
CFN 1092First Year Studio 3: Time and Light
CFN 1093First-Year Studio 4: Interaction
CIXD 2090Narrative Media for Interaction
CIXD 2091Systems Thinking for Interaction Design
CIXD 2111Creative Code
CIXD 3090Human Centered Design for Social Engagement
CIXD 3091Prototyping and Fabrication for Interaction
CIXD 3820Engagement Lab (taken for 3 credits)
CIXD 3910Collaborative Design Project
CIXD 4090Interaction Design Thesis I
CIXD 4091Interaction Design Thesis II
CIXD 4193Topics in Design Leadership
Electives
6 credits in time-based media or computational media courses selected from any CDM or CIXD course and/or CFA 2611, CFA 3202, and CGD 4120.
One 3-credit studio course in any art or design area.
One 3-credit design history course selected from the following:
CAH 3060History of Design
CAH 3065Digital Media Culture
CAH 4179Topics in Design History and Theory
CAH 4410From Arts and Crafts to Ikea
One 3-credit design research seminar selected from the following:
CAH 4179Topics in Design History and Theory
CIXD 4020Topics in Design Research
Required minor program
All students pursuing this option must successfully complete a minor program in a related field. Students should consult with the advisor concerning this requirement.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars and Colloquia may be available for registration as listed on the CCAS Advising website.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars and Colloquia may be available for registration as listed on the CCAS Advising website.