Last January, 2008 The University of Kansas launched 2 professional graduate programs in Interaction Design and Design Management. The programs were a couple years in the making and are headed up by myself, Michael Eckersley, Richard Branham, and other strong contributors. More on us below. Now in only year two we have 24 active graduate students between the programs, many of them working professionals in the Kansas City area.
Both grad programs lead to a 31 credit hour MA degree, with a 60 credit MFA degree program option. Sample course titles for Interaction Design include: Interaction Design; Design Scenarios & Simulations; Designing Business Services & Consumer Experiences; and, Advanced Human Factors in Design. Sample Design Management courses include: Design Management; Design Strategies & Methods; Strategic Design Innovation; and, Branding and Design. Most required and elective courses are taught evenings. Some courses are video conferenced between KU campuses in Kansas City and Lawrence.
Faculty have many years of industry, research and teaching experience. Program is NASAD accredited. Below are some links for more information:
I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS, The programs currently have five contributing faculty and adjunct faculty. Here are a few:
Richard Branham is Professor of Industrial Design at KU, working in areas of cognitive human factors and interaction design strategies, methods and techniques, specializing in way-finding, navigation and use models. He has over thirty years of professional experience developing interfaces between people and technology, and twenty-five years of teaching and research experience. He holds BFA and MFA degrees from The University of Kansas and a MS degree from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Branham founded the Information and Design Systems Division of Unimark International. He founded Design Planning Group in Chicago. Major clients have included Carlton Centre, Johannesburg, Gillette Company, Marshall Field, J. C. Penney, New York, Volkswagen, and Westinghouse.
Michael Eckersley leads HumanCentered (www.humancentered.net), a team of affiliated social scientists, designers and planners. With an MFA in design and a PhD in cognitive science, Michael served as Design Strategy Director for Sybase in their online financial services business, and has led many strategic design innovation engagements to consumer product, fast food, healthcare, publishing, financial services and software companies. Clients include: Yum!brands; Black & Decker; GMAC; Coca-Cola; St John’s Mercy Health System; 3point5.com; and, Hakuhodo
Gregory Thomas teaches Branding and Design. Greg has had a distinguished professional career with Gregory Thomas Associates (GTA) Los Angeles. Formed more than 30 years ago, GTA was a studio specializing in brand design and marketing communications materials. The award-winning company produced corporate identity programs, advertising, packaging and digital media for clients around the world. GTA served as creative consultant to clients such as CBS, IBM, TRW, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Seagramâ€™s International, and to the countries and individual destinations of Australia, New Zealand and Austria. GTA has been honored with numerous international design awards. Mr. Thomas was an Adjunct Professor at the School of Fine Arts and the Annenberg School for
Communication at the University of Southern California. He was the Acting Chair of Graphic Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for three years.
Mr. Thomas is a graduate in design from the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA), California Institute of the Arts (MFA) and Yale University (MFA[/b]