Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 by Laura Braun
CCA is excited to announce that its Interaction Design Program has been named “Best Academic Program” in UX Magazine’s inaugural international Design for Experience awards. The awards recognize excellence in all aspects of experience design. CCA’s program is one of the first such undergrad programs in the world. It is the first in California, and the only one in Silicon Valley.
Says UX Magazine: “The mission of the Interaction Design Program at CCA is to humanize technology by creating a new breed of human-centered specialists. Students are taught forward-looking core skills in systemic and behavioral design, as well as visual design and technical skills. . . . The judges were impressed with the balanced and robust infrastructure and see potential for the program to be highly influential in the UX/IxD education landscape.”
Says Kristian Simsarian, program chair: “The program is quite new -- our first class is now in its final semester -- which makes it all the more exciting to already be receiving such an amazing accolade.
“The strength of our internship program is also a powerful sign that we’re on the right track: Our students are in demand. Representatives of such prominent companies as GE, Apple, and Facebook, as well as start-ups, B corps, and nonprofits, have been asking for opportunities to get exposure to our students as intern and career prospects.
“Ultimately, we are giving students powerful skills for today’s design world. We’re helping them discover how to use their design skills to create a positive difference.”
The program’s faculty is mainly composed of adjunct professors who are working professionals first; they bring the latest practices to bear on their interactions with everyone in the department. The board of advisors includes prominent design leaders from large companies. CCA’s location in the San Francisco Bay Area is a tremendous benefit, as the college is surrounded by companies that are global leaders in the development of interactive technologies.