Interaction Design B.A.


We have exciting news.

As you may know,

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors, in a landmark move for public higher education, gave initial approval to 15 colleges to develop bachelor’s degree programs as part of a pilot program approved by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown.

Santa Monica College was given initial approval January 20, 2015 by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to develop a Bachelor’s degree in Interaction Design.

What is Interaction Design?

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Interaction Design (IxD) is designing for behavior, it focuses on understanding the user and how things work


The Interaction Design Degree builds on the existing Graphic Design program


Interaction Design includes research, user experience, visual design and prototyping


Interaction Design Careers


Proposed Interaction Design B.A. Curriculum


Lower Division courses
Graphic Design Studio 1, 2, 3, Typography, Design Research, User Experience Design, Web Design 1, 2, 3, Mobile Design
Proposed Upper Division courses
Interaction Design Studio 1, 2, 3, Tangible Interaction, IxD Internship, Computer Science, Business, Psychology and Communication Studies.


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For more information about the IxD degree, please contact:

Jamie Cavanaugh
Faculty Lead, Interaction Design Degree
Associate Faculty, Graphic Design Program

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LA Hi-Tech

The Los Angeles High Impact Information Technology, Entertainment & Entrepreneurship, and Communications Hubs (LA HI-TECH) Regional Consortium embeds elements and mechanisms of a vibrant ecosystem to sustain the economic vitality of a skilled and competitive workforce that contributes to the economic growth of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry in Los Angeles.

Eight (8) Community Colleges will work with sixteen (16) high schools affecting approximately three-thousand six-hundred (3600) students linked to three (3) identified career pathways in ICT.

The pathways includes: 1) Design, Visual, and Media Arts; 2) Information Support and Services; and 3) Software Systems and Development, and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry.

Pasadena City College serves as the LA HI-TECH Fiscal Agent and the four regional hubs are

1) Los Angeles City College (south hub partnered with Los Angeles Southwest College); 2) Los Angeles Valley College (north hub partnered with Los Angeles Pierce College);

3) Pasadena City College (east hub partnered with Los Angeles Mission College); and 4) Santa Monica College (west hub partnered with West Los Angeles College).

For more information contact:

Frank Dawson
Acting Associate Dean, Career Technical Education
LA HiTech

Interaction Design – The Big Picture


What’s taught in Interaction Design?

Analysis & Design Research
User Experience
Interaction Design Methodologies
Cognitive Psychology: How do others think and behave?
Visual Design
Computer Science (Coding: HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
Team building

Who’s interested in Interaction Design?

Students who are interested in:

Social Media
Mobile devices
Mobile apps
Creative Management
Generally interested in how things work