May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
    
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Interactive Design - User Experience

Location(s): Blended (Main Campus & Online)


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Are you passionate about turning your creative ideas into innovative design solutions? If so, our Interactive Design program with a User Experience major is right for you.

This program will help you become a designer who also excels in creating user-centric experiences using cutting-edge design tools and techniques.

This integrated program combines design fundamentals, design tools and design thinking with a focus on interactivity, usability testing, research and adaptability to deliver a holistic education in modern design practices.

In this program, you’ll:

  • develop a solid foundation in design principles and techniques while gaining a deep understanding of design thinking methodologies
  • master the latest graphic design software and technologies
  • learn to evaluate and create data-driven designs
  • collaborate with peers to develop effective problem-solving skills with an emphasis on human-centred design principles
  • create a portfolio of your work demonstrating applied design concepts tailored to specific client requirements
  • expand beyond traditional design into software development and interactive design
  • draft prototype designs for usability testing based on user insights
  • dive deep into user research and analysis to inform design decisions while putting the user at the center of your design process.

You will plan for multiple outcomes and solutions and rigorously test and prototype your projects to meet client requirements and align with their goals. 

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to excel in a tech-focused career as a designer in this unique program. Merge design with technology and shape the future of interactive design.

Traits, skills and aptitudes


Those in the interactive design field tend to be innovative, methodical and social.

You need:

  • discretion in dealing with client information and industry secrets
  • creativity
  • self-discipline
  • drawing ability and visual sense
  • attention to detail
  • analytical thinking
  • communication skills
  • time-management and organizational skills
  • marketing skills
  • resilience
  • to be very comfortable using computers.

You should enjoy synthesizing information and finding innovative ways to present ideas, taking a methodical approach to tasks, consulting with people, learning from constructive criticism and dealing with deadlines. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities


You can participate in an optional work term after your first year. 

You’ll also participate in a capstone project in your second year, where you’ll investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge, connect with community issues or problems, and create a solution. 

Credential


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll be awarded a SAIT Interactive Design diploma with a major in User Experience.

Program length


2 years

Not eligible for CAJG


This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible


This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Related careers


Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC:

  • Web designers (21233)
  • Web developers and programmers (21234)
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (52120)
  • Software developers and programmers (21232)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada


Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • at least 50% in Math 30-1 or at least 60% in Math 30-2, and
  • at least 55% in English Language Arts 30-1 or at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside of Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada


All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Application process


When applying in the application portal, select Interactive Design. You will be able to select User Experience as your major during the application process.

Program outline


The Interactive Design - User Experience diploma requires 60 credits (19 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

Required courses


You must take all of the following courses to complete this program.

Optional courses


Suggested schedule of study


Progression


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies


Books and supplies are approximately $2,000 per full-time year.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a custom computer hardware and software requirement. 

You require a laptop with an integrated webcam, a smartphone with the ability to record audio and video and headphones with an integrated microphone.

All laptops must meet the following minimum specifications:

  • MacBook Air with M2 chip
  • 8-Core CPU, 10-core GPU
  • 8GB Unified Memory
  • 512GB SSD Storage

The recommended laptop is the 14”Apple MacBook Pro with M2 Pro chip.

Should you wish to use a PC laptop, it must meet minimum power user hardware and software requirements. Some UX designers use software that is only for Mac.

Required software

  • Adobe CC Student Subscription
  • Figma (free for education)
  • FileZilla Client
  • Chrome
  • Visual Studio Code
  • MS Office (included in your program)

Advanced Digital Technology program advising


For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School for Advanced Digital Technology.

Phone: 403.284.8543
Email: sadt.advising@sait.ca 

Program outcomes


  1. Contribute individual skills within a team environment to produce a collaborative project based on client requirements.
  2. Design and create integrated digital content to meet industry best practices.
  3. Demonstrate industry-specific employability skills and work behaviour to meet industry expectations.
  4. Create data-driven, insight-based designs that are logical and defensible.
  5. Apply workflow techniques to media projects and production pipelines.
  6. Create a portfolio of work demonstrating applied design concepts that meet specific client requirements and can be presented to clients for critique.
  7. Demonstrate highly effective problem-solving, collaborative planning, and human-centred design.

Graphic Design major

  1. Produce a packaging project for a specific user.
  2. Demonstrate the basic functions of a digital press and bindery equipment.
  3. Apply design frameworks in the production process.
  4. Create graphic designs using a range of techniques.

User Experience (UX) major

  1. Create prototype designs for usability testing.
  2. Apply design systems, brand standards and accessibility to projects.
  3. Create UX/UI solutions using a variety of methodologies.
  4. Solve design problems through iteration and prototyping experiences.

Web Design and Development major

  1. Develop data-driven design solutions to meet specific client requirements.
  2. Integrate technical frameworks in web development solutions.
  3. Apply web security best practices in design solutions.
  4. Create responsive web solutions and applications to be deployed across multiple types of devices and screen sizes.

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