Interaction Design BA, BFA

Interaction Design students explore the intersection of storytelling, technology, communication, and design. Study includes a combination of theory and practice that moves beyond the visual to explore all aspects of interaction and motion design.

Overview

Throughout the interaction design program students will focus on experimentation, prototyping, iteration, storytelling and problem solving, and continually develop their skills through discussions and critiques.

Our outstanding digital studios are equipped with industry-standard programs and technologies to support a wide range of projects in a hands-on studio environment. In addition to studios, our “maker-spaces” assist students in preparing portfolios and framing, digital photography, audio/video production, and sensor technology for interaction projects.

Clubs including Arts Alive and Break Thru Design let you connect and collaborate with peers to develop additional portfolio pieces, while internships and co-op opportunities add to your professional qualifications.

After graduation, students will be prepared to enter and lead in fields including user experience, user interface, extended reality, multimedia design, motion design, web design, product design, 3-D design and printing, and other emerging fields.

Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Modeled as a traditional liberal arts degree, the Art BA - Interaction Design track allows the opportunity for students to earn a minor or second major in another area of interest, such as information science, computer science, and broadcasting and communication. The degree also allows students the opportunity to study in an area that compliments interaction design, giving them the ability to create new hybrid forms of the discipline.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

For talented students seeking a demanding program with a high degree of focus, the Interaction Design BFA program offers in-depth study of interaction design. As students prepare to graduate they will develop a final body of work for their portfolio and have the opportunity to present their work during the BFA exhibition.

Bachelor Arts - Art, Interaction Design track Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interaction Design

Tyler Art Gallery

The recently renovated Tyler Art Gallery allows students the opportunity to exhibit their work, and in some cases  gain experience curating and installing their own show. The gallery on campus is just one place students may showcase their work, Oswego keeps a very active schedule for students to present at Oswego State Downtown and SUNY Oswego in Syracuse.

Outcomes

  • Ability to generate effective solutions to a variety of visual communication problems while demonstrating fluency in the principles of design, visual organization, typography, the medium/technology, and principles of motion and interaction.
  • Develop an integrated design process that places value on research, feedback and iteration during planning and production phase
  • Ability to produce design solutions that successfully respond to the relevant contexts of a design problem including the scope of a project, technology, goals and constraints of the client, needs/values/behaviors of the audience and cultural and economic conditions
  • Develop collaborative and team skills within the constraints of client-centered collaborations
  • Become competent in industry technologies and programs

Career Opportunities

  • Multimedia artist or designer
  • Web design (front-end development)
  • User experience  designer
  • User interface Designer
  • Digital Product Designer
  • Motion graphics and animation

Program Resources

The Oswego Guarantee

  • No increase in room & board 
  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni 
  • Small student to faculty ratio
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Internships

Learn what it's like to work in a professional setting while still in school.

Get Involved

  • Arts Alive
  • Break Thru Design
  • Photography Club
  • Student Art Exhibition Committee

NASAD Accredited

We are one of the select art departments to earn accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Faculty-Led Courses

This unique programs allows students to spend a few weeks studying a course topic before traveling to their destination abroad to experience what they learned in person, on location.

Study Abroad

Take classes and participate in internships while immersing yourself in all that region has to offer.

Admission Requirements

The BFA Interaction Design program is limited to select students chosen through an additional application process. In addition to applying to SUNY Oswego through the Common or SUNY application, interested students must also submit a BFA Application.

The BFA application requires:

  • portfolio submission, pdf or website with 15 pieces of your artwork
    • include drawings/paintings from observation - still life, figure, portraits
  • annotated worklist including information on how it was made, concept, date, size, medium
  • a letter of intent (500-1000 words)
  • transcript pdf

Additional information:

  • Students may apply to the BFA program at any time, application reviews are on a rolling basis. 
  • Transfer students are strongly encouraged to apply to the BFA programs prior to coming to Oswego.
  • You may submit your portfolio a second time if you fail to gain admission on your first try.

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