Online Master of Design in Interaction Design Degree

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The realms of user experience and user interaction (UX/UI) are at the forefront of today’s digital environments. ArtCenter’s Master of Design in Interaction Design degree prepares design practitioners and interaction designers who are inclusive, ethical and creative. Our human-centered design methodologies equip you with deep knowledge and holistic understanding of digital service, platform and product design, software UX/UI, prototyping, strategic innovation and creative technology development. With a master’s degree in interaction design, you will lead at the intersection of emerging technology, strategic digital systems, and service and product design.

Program Overview

You’ll learn from industry professionals in dynamic UX design environments. We apply case studies from many industries—healthcare and automotive design to software, entertainment and technology. You’ll study data visualization and interface design, human-computer interaction and ethical research practices, writing white papers, facing leadership challenges and so much more.

Our Immersion Lab and Online Maker Hub provide rigorous, hands-on opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies, develop networks in strategic communications and organizational design, and explore new possibilities within interaction design.

We approach interaction design interactively, placing collaboration at the center of your learning. You will use multiple platforms to conduct strategic prototyping with engineers, product managers, investors and collaborators, leading to meaningful products and experiences that positively impact users in your interactive environment.

One Year, 100% Online

ArtCenter’s MDes degree program combines the benefits of hands-on prototyping and labs with essential skills for working as a designer in an increasingly online discipline. You’ll create a portfolio of cutting edge interaction and UX design work while forming connections across industries.

The evening and weekend course schedule allows you to further your education while balancing professional and family commitments. You can complete your master’s degree in interaction design in just one year (three terms) from many parts of the U.S.

Become an Industry Leader

Interaction and UX design is a rapidly expanding career field. Global employers like Facebook, NASA, and Microsoft are looking for interaction designers with a digital-first mindset. Equipped with tools and skills in craft, strategy and execution, you’ll pioneer UX techniques, innovate in new design fields and make your mark as a future-minded creator in roles like:

  • Information Architect (IA)
  • Interaction Designer (IxD)
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • User Researcher
  • Mobile Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Designer/Developer (front-end or back-end)
  • Content Strategist
  • Creative Director
  • Digital Director
  • Social Media Director
  • Lead Designer
  • Creative Technologist
  • Design Strategist
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Service Designer
  • Producer

Earn your MDes degree in Interaction Design online at ArtCenter

A. Puicón-Pérez boosts career with online MDes IxD master’s degree

Associate Chair, Interaction Design MDes
Julian Scaff

Julian Scaff

Julian Scaff's areas of expertise include HCI, futurecasting, and the design of mobility and aerospace systems. He runs a design consultancy that serves clients such as Hitachi and Walmart. Julian has worked with NASA/JPL and Idealab in the past.

Faculty member Elise Co merges technology and design

Earn Your MDes in Interaction Design Online at ArtCenter

The online Master of Design in Interaction Design program prepares thoughtful leaders and innovative game-changers in the growing fields of interaction and UX design. You’ll establish hands-on expertise in creating accessible, appealing and user-oriented digital spaces. Invest in the forefront of emerging technologies and become an architect of tomorrow’s most compelling ideas at ArtCenter.


Currently, ArtCenter is authorized to offer our MDes degree in a select number of U.S. states. Visit our State Authorization page to learn more.

Because this is a fully remote program, ArtCenter is not authorized to issue I-20s for international students to enter the country to enroll in this program. International students who will be located in an authorized U.S. state can enroll in the program but will need to arrange for a visa that allows them to study online on their own. If residing outside of the U.S., we are authorized to enroll international students who will be located in South Korea or Ontario, Canada while in the program.

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Take the next step toward a career in interaction design.