Action in the Interaction Design Program

This summer, I announced we’re putting together a new program — an MFA in Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts. While I continue to be busy with the details of putting the program together, I wanted to pause for an update of how things are coming together:

Applications Open

This week marks the official start of online applications opening for fall 2009. Prospective students can apply online through January 15, 2009, although we’ll continue to take applications on a rolling admissions basis afterward until all spaces have been filled for the program.

You can find out more on the program’s application requirements or go directly to the application here.


Whether you’re interested in applying to the program (or if you’re going to be in town for Future of Web Design on November 3-4 and know someone who may be) come join us for our first Information Session on November 1 from 2-4PM. I’ll be giving an overview of the program and curriculum, and will be joined by some of the faculty for an afternoon of informal presentations, open audience Q&A, and discussion.

Register here if you’d like to stop by.

Evidence of the program’s “connect-the-dots” identity system. Download the 18×24″ two-sided poster to take a closer look.

Look, Feel, Etcetera

We’ve been working with talented The Heads of State (whose work is also seen on the covers of Rosenfeld Media book covers) on identity for the program. You’ll start to see the identity being used — as it is in this poster to the left — everywhere program materials appear.

Location Location

SVA has the advantage of being located across one of the more beautiful horizontals of Manhattan — with departments and buildings from Gramercy through Flatiron and beyond. We’ve finalized the plans for a department space on the west side of the Flatiron District. In addition to classrooms, a convertible lecture hall, and necessary kitchen/hang out spaces, each student will have his or her own studio space for the duration of the two year tenure. During an upcoming information session at SVA, I’ll be showing the specifics of the plans for the space.

Following Us

We’ve had a number of new faculty additions over the past few weeks that I almost can’t contain myself waiting to announce. OK, not quite fair I know. But I’ll be revealing them on our mailing list later this week. You can always sign up here.

I may continue to post updates here, but will be moving all program-related posts to the new site we’re working on. In the meantime, looking forward to meeting some of you November 1!