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Learning Outcomes

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018

The requirements, reviews, and curriculum for CCA's master's-level program in Interaction Design are designed such that graduating students successfully achieve the following program learning outcomes:

Primary Craft Skills

Students will understand and be able to craft interactive systems, products, services, user flows and multi-­touchpoint experiences. Additionally they will be able to design interactions beyond screens at the intersection of machine and human.

Secondary Craft Skills

Students will employ contemporary visual design skills to communicate their work and they will employ hard and soft prototyping skills to demonstrate their work.

Process Skills

Students will employ process and collaboration skills including user research (quantitative and qualitative), brainstorming, actionable knowledge synthesis, and entrepreneurship in order to create innovative and effective user experiences by working alone, in teams, and by contributing to larger group efforts.

Responsiveness to Complex Social Systemic Challenges

Students will have process, convening, and execution skills to responsibly engage communities, including vulnerable populations, uncovering needs and root causes of system challenges while demonstrating the agility to develop responses.


IxD students will create portfolios of their work including case studies. They will be able to present and defend design decisions through effective communication techniques. They will also be prepared to design and respond to the ethical and sustainability concerns encountered by professional interaction designers.


Students will exhibit leadership through self-reflection, effective communication, organizational understanding, and design strategy, leading others in complex endeavors by demonstrating personal, rather than positional, leadership.