User Experience (UX) Design Minor
User Experience (UX) Design is a “holistic, multidisciplinary approach to the design of user interfaces for digital products, defining their form, behavior and content. User experience design integrates interaction design, industrial design, information architecture, information design, visual interface design and user-centered design, ensuring coherence and consistency across all of these design dimensions.”
—Pabini Gabriel-Petit, Editor in Chief, UX Matters
The UX Design Minor at Western is intended for industrial design, psychology, design and computer science majors only. Each discipline will take courses that add to their foundational understanding of the elements of user experience design. These courses are different depending on the students’ major.
The intended outcome is for each student to be prepared to work in professional multidisciplinary teams designing user experiences. They will be able to cross-communicate using the various languages and terminology of each discipline. They will be able to understand the unique perspective and alternative approaches that each discipline provides. And in the end, they will have a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, collaborative interaction design project to show prospective employers.
For specific requirements and credits, please refer to the University Catalog.
How to Declare (Admissions and Declaration Process):
The predicted demand for this minor is high, so a cap may be necessary to limit enrollment. 16-20 minors would be accepted per year. Selection occurs two times per year. Once in the Fall and once in the Spring due on the seventh Friday of the quarter. The selection committee comprises of representatives from each of the five programs (Industrial Design, Design, Business Administration (Marketing Concentration), Psychology and Computer Science). Applications should be delivered to ET 204 for Professor Morris' mailbox.