The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Design for Interactions is a one-year degree for students with an undergraduate degree in design or previous design experience. The degree enables students to expand on prior design experience and develop an expertise in design for interactions, within two areas of design focus: design for services and design for social innovation.
The MPS degree consists of the first year only of the MDes program, without the second year thesis option.
Fall Semester Year One: Core seminars and studio courses provide the intellectual and practical foundation of the program by:
- Familiarizing students with design for interactions, design for service and design for social innovation
- Demonstrating design’s impact in both the business and public policy sectors
- Strengthening students’ skills in communication and interaction design
Spring Semester Year One: Students continue to investigate service and social innovation design opportunities within the business and public policy sectors through:
- research-based team projects
- study of the essential elements of communication for designers
The diagrams below provide an overview of MPS coursework. A complete listing of MPS course descriptions is available for download in a PDF.
MPS: Year One
Students are introduced to design for interactions through services and social innovation with potential impact in business and policy, while expanding their skills in communication and interaction design.
Seminar: Interaction & Service Design Concepts
Investigate the history, current state, and future of interaction design practice and research.
Studio: Designing for Interactions
Envision preferred futures by giving form to the behaviors and interactions of products, services, and systems.
Interaction Design Lab
Prototype for interaction design using sketches, wireframes, storyboards, video, animation and code.
Communication Design Studio: Theory & Practice
Use design strategies to decode complex information and to communicate messages clearly.
Lectures from faculty about their research.
Students investigate business and policy opportunities in design for services and social innovation through research-based team project work, and prepare a thesis proposal.
Seminar: Transition Design
Explore new frameworks, mindsets, and processes through which designers can catalyze environmental and social change toward more sustainable futures.
Studio: Research-Based Design for Interactions
Tackle a client-sponsored team project using integrated research and design process.
Design Research Methods
Learn and apply a range of participatory methods for exploratory, generative, and evaluative research and design.
Recommended in business, policy, service, social innovation, interaction or communication design, or professional writing.
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