Masters Programs in Interaction Design and Design Management at University of Kansas
18 Jan 2009 - 11:07pm
4 years ago
Dear IXDA Members,
Last January, 2008 The University of Kansas launched two new
professional graduate programs: one in Interaction Design and another
in Design Management. The programs were years in the making and are
headed up by myself, Michael Eckersley and Richard Branham, with other
strong contributing faculty. More on Richard and myself below.
Beginning year two we have 24 active graduate students between the two
programs, many of them working professionals in the Kansas City area.
Both grad programs lead to a 31 credit hour MA degree, , with a 60
credit MFA degree program option. Sample course titles for Interaction
Design include: Interaction Design; Design Scenarios & Simulations;
Designing Business Services & Consumer Experiences; and, Advanced
Human Factors in Design. Sample Design Management courses include:
Design Management; Design Strategies & Methods; Strategic Design
Innovation; and, Branding and Design. Most required and elective
courses are taught evenings. Some courses are video conferenced
between KU campuses in Kansas City and Lawrence.
We are actively recruiting applicants for Fall 2009, with a deadline
of April 1. Below are some links for more information. The bottom of
each web page is a downloadable pdf program description.
I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have at mde at ku.edu.
Formal requests for application materials can be made to Professor
Gina Westergard (ginaw at ku.edu), Graduate Program Director.
Michael Eckersley, PhD
Professor, Interaction Design & Design Management
University of Kansas mde at ku.edu
Richard Branham is Professor of Industrial Design at KU, working in
areas of cognitive human factors and interaction design strategies,
methods and techniques, specializing in way-finding, navigation and
use models. He has over thirty years of professional experience
developing interfaces between people and technology, and twenty-five
years of teaching and research experience. He holds BFA and MFA
degrees from The University of Kansas and a MS degree from the
Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Branham
founded the Information and Design Systems Division of Unimark
International. He founded Design Planning Group in Chicago. Major
clients have included Carlton Centre, Johannesburg, Gillette Company,
Marshall Field, J. C. Penney, New York, Volkswagen, and Westinghouse.
Michael Eckersley leads HumanCentered (www.humancentered.net), a team
of affiliated social scientists, designers and planners. With an MFA
in design and a PhD in cognitive science, Michael served as Design
Strategy Director for Sybase in their online financial services
business, and has led many strategic design innovation engagements to
consumer product, fast food, healthcare, publishing, financial
services and software companies. Clients include: Yum!brands; Black &
Decker; GMAC; Coca-Cola; St John's Mercy Health System; 3point5.com;
Banco Popular; and, Hakuhodo