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Interaction Design BDes Degree Requirements

The Interaction Design program offers a Bachelor of Design (BDes) degree.

To graduate with undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, students must successfully complete at least 180 course credits: a combination of major requirements (listed below), general education requirements, and electives.

Admission to the major is based on completion of prerequisite courses, GPA, and/or successful completion of the Design Entrance Workshop.

Interaction Design Major Requirements (100 Credits)

Year One

DES 166 Design Foundations (5 Credits)

Year Two

DES 207 Design Drawing (5 Credits)
DES 208 Design History (5 Credits)
DES 209 Typography (5 Credits)
DES 210 Color + Composition (5 Credits)
DES 211 Introduction to Interaction Design (5 Credits)
DES 212 Human Centered Design (5 Credits)

Year Three

DES 381 Case Studies in Interaction Design (5 Credits)
DES 383 Foundations of Interaction Design (5 Credits)
DES 384 Information Visualization for Interaction Design (5 Credits)
DES 385 Design Innovation and Society (5 Credits)
DES 386 Visual Storytelling (5 Credits)
DES 387 Physical Computing (5 Credits)

Year Four

DES 481 Field Studies in Interaction Design (5 Credits)
Elective 1 (Human-Computer Interaction oriented course or equivalent outside the Division of Design, 5 Credits)
DES 483 Advanced Projects in Interaction Design (5 Credits)
Elective 2 (Human-Computer Interaction oriented course or equivalent outside the Division of Design, 5 Credits)
DES 484 Senior / Degree Interaction Design Project (5 Credits)
DES 488 Portfolio Preparation (3 Credits)

Art History Courses (10 Credits)

General Education Requirements

English Composition (5 Credits)
Additional Writing (‘w’ courses) (10 Credits)
Quantintative and Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Foreign Language (0-15 Credits)
Areas of Knowledge (75 Credits)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts; Individuals and Societies; Natural World

More details about General Education requirements are outlined in the Overview of Requirements for an Undergraduate Degree


In addition to the above listed general education requirements and major coursework, students take elective courses across the curriculum to supplement their education. The number of elective credits vary from student to student depending on variations in course of study. Students must take at least as many electives as complete the difference between general education requirements, major requirements, and the 180 credit minimum to graduate from the UW.


Prospective majors should plan to take DES 166 in their freshmen year. During the sophomore year, all design majors (VCD, ID and IxD) enroll in a shared series of studio courses. Major selection occurs at the end of Sophomore Year, and is based upon performance in the Design Sophomore Studios.

Please note: With the exception of DES 166, DES 208, DES 383, DES 387, and DES 483 all Design courses are reserved for majors only during the regular school year. Non-majors and non-matriculated students are welcome during the summer quarter.