User Experience (UX) Design Concentration

In an age where electronic devices serve as our primary means for gathering and sharing information, user experience has become a critical element in the way we interact with these devices. Web sites, mobile applications, and other software need to be able to deliver an experience that is both interactive and intuitive. There is an increasing demand for professionals with the ability to research, test, and implement a seamless user experience on any screen or device. The UX design concentration will help you understand user research, information architecture, content strategy, interface design, usability and prototyping to master the art of designing for the user.

Core Requirements (18 credits):
Course Title Credits
ICM 502* Information Design 3
ICM 505* Web Techniques 3
ICM 506 Writing for Interactive Media 3
ICM 512 Designing for the User 3
ICM 522 Social Media Practice 3
ICM 552 Media Ethics & Policy 3
User Experience Design Concentration (9 credits):
ICM 513 Information Architecture and Content Strategy 3
ICM 514 User Research and Methods 3
ICM 517 Prototyping 3
Required Capstone Experience (6 credits):
ICM 590 Project Planning 3
ICM 601 Master's Capstone 3
Electives (choose one - 3 credits):
Any ICM course outside of the student's chosen track concentration is available as an elective. Graduate Courses in Journalism and Public Relations are also available as electives. 3
ICM 530 Independent Study 3
ICM 531 Graduate Internship 3

*Under the advisement of the program director, students with an advanced background in graphic design or Web development may opt to waive ICM 502 or ICM 505. These students will then be eligible to replace one or both courses with electives of their choosing to fulfill the program's credit requirements.

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.