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Interaction Design, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Santa Monica College is currently offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Interaction Design. This unique degree will build from the existing Graphic Design Associate degree and blends the fields of design, user experience (UX), and technology
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Interaction Design program from Santa Monica College ensure that products are appealing, effective and intuitive for their users. They create the experiences we have everyday with smart objects, devices, and the web. There is a strong demand for more UX/interaction designers in today’s high technology industries. This degree will provide students with the skills necessary to enter this well paid and exciting field.

  • Knowledge of UX/Interaction Design history, practices, methodologies, and project-based processes.
  • Conceptualize, solve problems, and understand the importance of the user and of user experience.
  • Design and prototype for a range of platforms including the web, mobile, and tangible systems such as wearables and connected products.
  • Proficiency in critical thinking, reading, writing, and oral presentation skills necessary in the design industry.
  • Successfully enter the industry or create a successful entrepreneurial business in the field of UX/Interaction Design.

What People are Saying About IxD

  • "The Interaction Design field has evolved so quickly, even the tech industry can barely keep up with its growth – the shortage of skilled interaction designers is just overwhelming. We need these graduates to continue our symbiotic relationship with the economy of Los Angeles and California."
– Steve Vincent, Vice President at Music & Soundtracks for Disney Channel Worldwide
  • “With thousands of jobs going unfilled in the design field, SMC’s Interaction Design Bachelor’s degree is one that will prepare students locally to meet the demands of today’s technology industry and keep California at the forefront of innovation and design.”
– Ross Pollack, Executive Vice President at Lionsgate

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interaction Design Studio 1 
  • Interactive Storytelling 
  • Web Development and Scripting 
  • Introduction to Game Studies 
  • Interaction Design Studio 2 
  • Product Design
  • Principles of Marketing 
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship 
For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • Contact and speak with a Santa Monica College IxD counselor to discuss whether the Interaction Design program might be right for you.
  • Enroll at Santa Monica College and set Interaction Design as your intended major (if you haven't already).
  • Work with a Santa Monica College IxD Counselor to establish your IxD Major Preparation plan
  • Complete 60 lower division units of CSU transferable general education and IxD Major Preparation Requirements 
  • Prepare for the Application Process
  • Apply before the Deadlines
  • If admitted, enroll and complete 2 years of IxD Degree Requirement courses.
For more information please visit the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5004 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5004 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Santa Monica

  • 1800 - 3420 USD/month
    Living Costs

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