Master's Interaction Design and Design Management at KU


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KU Master Classes in Design, Fall 2013
This fall two world class graduate design courses will be offered in the Kansas City area, and you’re invited!

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Master's Interaction Design and Design Management at KU

  1. 1. KU Master Classes in Design, Fall 2013This fall two world class graduate design courses will beoffered in the Kansas City area, and you’re invited!The University of Kansas Master’s programs in Interaction Design and Design Management areunique, advanced, and targeted to working designers looking to learn new stuff that can propel theircareers into the future. This fall two evening courses: Design Management and Interaction Designwill kick-off coursework for incoming students. Both are taught by Michael Eckersley, KU Professorand Principal at HumanCentered ( Classes are small with plentyof direct instructor contact. If you want a taste of advanced professional design study that can helpyou to take advantage of Design’s growing in influence in the world, come get involved for a semes-ter or for a full 31 credit degree.Interaction DesignADS 765 (3 credits), Fall 2013 | Tuesday eves 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.August 27 to December 17 | CO-LOCATION: Center For Design Research, West Campus, Lawrence & BEST245, Overland Park, INSTRUCTOR: Michael Eckersley, MFA, PhDInteraction design (IxD) is a discipline that focuses on the dynamics of human experience and behavior in rela-tion to things, information, and environments. Interaction Designers research, develop and create new prod-ucts, services and/or environments that are useful and desirable to people and viable to business. This courseinvolves principles and practices of Interaction Design. Topics range from interaction models, interface meta-phors, and technological applications. Students are guided thru processes of evidence-based practice, includingrequirements gathering, user research and assessment, design prototyping, user interface design, design simu-lation, evaluation, and user-testing.Design ManagementADS 750 (3 credits), Fall 2011 | Thursday eves 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.August 29 to December 19 | CO-LOCATION: Center For Design Research, West Campus, Lawrence & BEST245, Overland Park, INSTRUCTOR: Michael Eckersley, MFA, PhDDesign Management has been described as “applied innovation”, or the methodical capturing of talent andresources available inside and outside an organization to create or add value in offerings, brands, and customerexperiences. This course explores Design as a practical element of business, Building brands, serving custom-ers, creating value, and addressing business problems and goals. Topics include project management, talentand process management, design strategy, brand development, design for differentiation, user experience andinnovation. Design leadership is a common theme throughout. There is lots of discussion, together with manycases and examples.More Information?Apply at any time for temporary “non-degree-seeking” status enabling you to register for one semester (oneclass or more) of MA Design classes. To start, apply online to KU’s Graduate School ( andforward an official undergrad transcript to the KU School of Architecture, Design & Planning, ATT: Gera Elliott,Admissions Coordinator (785) 864-3167 ( A minimum undergrad GPA of 3.0 is required for con-sideration.Application deadlines for formal acceptance into the MA Design degree programs are in October (for Springclasses) and May (for Fall courses). More info here: Contact Michael Eckersley (, or phone 801.891.6259).
  2. 2. I am a proud graduate of the Master of Arts Design Managementprogram at KU, and the journey was the best part. The professors, cur-riculum and fellow students expanded my thinking about how I viewthe world and how I can make it a better place. This program taughtme how to turn my ideas into tangible products and services that I canutilize every day in my personal and professional life.– Lu Bever, Sr. Project Manager, Bridgewater Systems, Kansas CityWhat our grads have to sayQ: What is the best part of design school?A: “Applying theory to practice. Almost everything I’ve beenintroduced to in school I have applied to work projects, and thishas greatly accelerated my experience and understanding.”– Brian Smith, UX Manager, DST Technologies, Kansas City“Design Management is really the remedy for many of the of the prob-lems that occupy organizations today. Design Management studies atKU teach how one can integrate existing resources, spawn healthy col-laboration and generate actionable insights for any kind of problem orsituation. Lost in the gap between the scientific proof and the businesscase study are real people with real needs. Understanding them andgetting them what they need is the whole purpose of the KU Masters inDesign Management.”– Christopher Simon, Sr. UX Architect, Schwab, AustinQ: What advice would you give to someone thinking about grad-uate study in design?A: “What are ya waiting for?” Life is too short to wonder. You’llnever look at the world in the same way.”– Angel Stahl, Network Planner, Ericsson, Kansas City“KU’s Design Management program proved to be a great learningopportunity. The exposure to new concepts and processes couldimmediately be applied the next day on the job. Smaller class sizesand teachers who acted as mentors resulted in a set of tools, andtechniques that will prove invaluable well into the future. I wouldhighly recommend this program.”
– Ricarda Miller, Boxspring Design, Kansas City“The Interaction Design program at the University of Kansas is acareer changing experience. Before completing the program mycareer opportunities were limited to graphic design positions. As agraduate now I am a highly skilled and sought designer, receivingmultiple offers from many desirable employers.The program has forever changed the way I design. It has reignitedmy passion to create rewarding user interactions and experiences.The instructors have one foot in the classroom and the other in thedesign field, resulting in learning applicable skills rather that aca-demic theory.”– Georgette Sullivan, Interactive Design Engineer, Dell, Austin“The courses are well designed and all the materials are carefullychosen. In class you learn not only from the professor but also fromclassmates who are from different backgrounds and who share theirthoughts very openly.”“I expected the courses would focus on improvement of individualabilities. But the courses have focused more on collaborative skills andteam design efforts. Also, I discovered that design touches a muchwider variety of fields that I originally thought.”–Torry Guo, Medinformatix, Los Angeles