Interaction Design Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts IDEA School of Design


2 year(s)

Program Highlights

The two-year Interaction Design diploma at CapU connects design and technology to prepare you for an exciting career in tech.

As an interaction designer, your combination of creativity, design thinking and problem-solving skills help you thrive in the constantly evolving world of digital products.

Your training will focus on areas such as UX/UI design, user research, visual design, motion design, coding, branding, web/app design and working with new technologies and how to manage digital environments and workflows.

You'll learn in project-based, hands-on experiential environment. Courses are taught by faculty from the local design community and apply the same programs and tools working professionals use.

Tuition fees include a dedicated laptop for the duration of your studies. This laptop comes with all necessary software. We also fund student memberships to professional associations in Canada, local events and guest speakers.

Prior to graduation, you'll complete an Interaction Design Capstone project, an opportunity to combine research, theory and technical skills that will make industry employers take notice.

  • Apply knowledge of current interaction design methodologies, best practices and workflows as well as an awareness of emerging technology.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with industry tools and technologies used to design, prototype and build digital products.
  • Use human-centred design thinking through a combination of research, empathy, problem-solving and iteration that results in intuitive solutions.
  • Design engaging, inclusive and accessible visual interfaces.
  • Develop interpersonal skills focused on communication, collaboration, active listening and leadership.
  • Construct sustainable solutions that embody global consciousness, human responsibility, and our commitment to the rights of Indigenous peoples and furthering reconciliation.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation

Program-specific requirements

  • Project/Portfolio Assessment
  • One letter of reference

Admission Notes

Please note that ENGL 100 is a required course in the first term of the Interaction Design Diploma. In order to enrol in this course, students must submit the results of the English Diagnostic Test (EDT) unless they meet the EDT exemptions listed in the Capilano University Calendar.

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
IXD 101Digital Environment and Workflow3.00 credits
IXD 102User Experience I3.00 credits
IXD 103Visual Design I3.00 credits
IXD 104Digital Typography3.00 credits


Second Term

Total credits: 15.00

IXD 105Ideation and Design Thinking3.00 credits
IXD 106User Experience II3.00 credits
IXD 107Visual Design II3.00 credits
IXD 108Coding for Designers3.00 credits
Numeracy Elective 100-level or higher3.00 credits


Third Term

Total credits: 15.00

IXD 201Brand and Design Systems3.00 credits
IXD 202Design for New Technologies3.00 credits
IXD 203Motion and Interaction Design3.00 credits
IXD 204Business of Design3.00 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100-level or higher3.00 credits


Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00

IXD 205Interaction Design Capstone3.00 credits
IXD 206Professional Development9.00 credits
Elective 100-level or higher (excluding IXD courses)3.00 credits


Total program credits: 60.00


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