Learn: Discover the M.A. in IxD

Course Listing

All courses listed are three-credit-hour courses, with the exception of ADES 5460, which is a six-credit-hour course.

ADES 5410: Foundations & Frameworks of Interaction Design
ADES 5420: Human-Centered Interaction Design 1
ADES 5430: Interaction Design MakerLab 1
ADES 5440: Human-Centered Interaction Design 2
ADES 5450: Data and Information Visualization
ADES 5460: Interaction Design: Inception-to-Pitch Capstone Project

For those looking to develop their career and design leadership capacity, the University of North Texas' M.A. in Design with a concentration in Interaction Design, M.A. in IxD, can be the launch pad. The degree is designed to help individuals and organizations gain the skills, methods, and experiences needed to define meaningful, effective, and successful human-centered products, services, and systems. Whether you are looking to pivot your career, mature your organization, or define a product idea, the MA in IxD program can help you discover and achieve your future.

The curriculum offers the following.

  • Flexible evening and weekend courses
  • Multidisciplinary classroom experiences
  • Interaction with industry experts
  • Real-world, hands-on projects

Explore our curriculum plan, course offerings, and workshop opportunities to see why the M.A. in IxD is a good fit for you and your organization.

M.A. in IxD Curriculum Plan

Guided Pathway

Learn how you can complete your graduate degree at UNT at Frisco.

Guided Pathway for M.A. in Design, with a concentration in Interaction Design at UNT at Frisco.

Fall Semester
ADES 5410 Foundations and Frameworks of Interaction
ADES 5420 Human-Centered IXD1
ADES 5450 Data and Information Visualization and Design

Spring Semester
ADES 5430 Interaction Design MakerLab 01
ADES 5440 Human-Centered IXD 2
*MKTG 5000 Marketing Concepts

Summer Semester
*MKTG 5150 Marketing Management (Online course)
*LSCM 5300 Strategic Supply Chain Management (Online course)

Fall Semester
ADES 5460
Interaction Design: Inception-to-Pitch Capstone Project

*These are elective courses to complement the major. Alternatives can be selected in consultation with a graduate advisor.

NOTE: This is not an official degree plan. Check with the M.A. in IxD program advisor, Professor Michael Gibson; degree plans may change in later catalogs.

The elective course is selected from a partnered area of study.*

* A minimum of three, three-semester-credit-hour courses may be taken in UNT disciplines outside of the CVAD Department of Design. Electives may include but are not limited to anthropology, computer science, information technology and decision science, technical communications, marketing and logistics, digital retailing, and journalism. Taking courses in these areas may require securing permission from either the instructor of that course, or the department where that course is taught, or both; some of these courses may be team-taught.


The interior design program leading to the B.F.A. in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The B.F.A. in Interior Design granted by the University of North Texas meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.


Note: Should you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability to fully participate in a CVAD event, please contact the CVAD Dean's Office, cvad@unt.edu, 940-565-4001. For voice access, dial 1-800-RELAYTX (735-2989). Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

UNT is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, phone: (703) 437-0700; fax: (703) 437-6312; email: info@arts-accredit.org. In 2020, UNT achieved designation from the Department of Education as a Title III & Title V Minority-Serving Institution and as a Hispanic Serving Institution.