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    Jun 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Design with a concentration in Interaction Design, MA

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Admission requirements

The prospective student must satisfy all of the general admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School, as well as the admission requirements imposed by the Department of Design of the College of Visual Arts and Design:

  • For applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • IBT (internet-based test) score of 83 (Reading: 22; Listening: 21; Speaking: 21; Writing: 18)
    • PBT (paper-based test) score of 550 OR a CBT (computer-based test) score of 213
  • A Bachelor’s degree (minimum 120 semester credit hours) from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.1.
  • Two to four samples of the applicant’s writing that effectively convey their ability to 1) engage in critical thinking and analysis, or to 2) strategically plan and execute an initiative that requires a significant input of knowledge and skills from a diverse array of people, or to 3) understand the cultural, socio-economic, or political viewpoints of others, or 4) some combination of these. These writing samples can consist of published or unpublished work, and can include a wide variety of material, from office directives to planning documents to blog posts to books. 
  • (If available) two to four examples of project-based work that reveal the applicant’s abilities to operate the knowledge and skills necessary to create or co-create effective, user-centric interactive EXPERIENCES. These can include but are not limited to: user interface design work, examples of service design programs or experiences, information architecture diagrams or schematics, or descriptions of protocols or processes the applicant has created or co-created and implemented that have improved how complex information is processed, organized, shared/routed, or displayed. It is important that applicants SUCCINCTLY communicate the types of roles they played on these projects and the nature of the contributions they made toward their successful realizations.  
  • A letter/statement of intent that articulates, in between 450 and 800 words, what the applicant hopes to achieve by completing the course of study of the MA in design with a concentration in interaction design. This letter should clarify how the knowledge and skills the applicant will acquire during this graduate experience could help him/her/them attain key life and career priorities and goals. This letter should also attempt to answer the question: “Why does the applicant have the career/life agenda that he/she has?”
  • A minimum of two and preferably three letters of recommendation from some combination of the following: former professors or instructors at the collegiate level, project managers/directors or collaborators/colleagues, clients, work supervisors, or design or creative directors.

Degree requirements

The Department of Design offers an MA with a major in design with a concentration in interaction design comprised of 30 semester credit hours of study that must include a 6 credit hour capstone experience. Leveling courses cannot be counted toward the degree plan hours.

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