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Monday, February 29 • 11:10 - 11:40
Interdisciplinary Program Design & User Experience at Rochester Institute of Technology

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The wide range of new interactive screen based form factors and digital products continue to transform the requirements and expectations of the user experience designer. Today’s designers must incorporate project planning, user research, creativity, visual design and technical knowledge into their portfolio. To prepare students for this challenge the New Media Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology has created a rigorous 4 year interdisciplinary degree program. While maintaining a strong core creative and visual design curriculum the New Media Design program incorporates collaborative courses from the Bachelor of Sciences in New Media Development and supports the Liberal Arts Digital Humanities and Web and Mobile Development programs. These unique interdisciplinary curricular relationships along with robust industry participation with companies like Adobe, Effective UI, Kodak and Xerox create a learning environment that prepares students for jobs across the UX landscape. Through curriculum exploration, project based education examples and collaborative industry relationships this presentation will explore the academic program design, teaching processes and student experience developed for creative visual and user experience designers.


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Adam Smith

Associate Professor, School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology
Adam Smith is an Associate Professor and Chair of the New Media Design (NMD) program and online advanced certificate in UX Design in the School of Design at Rochester institute of Technology. His research and teaching concentrate on visual and UX design for digital products and UI. Adam is an Adobe Academic Leader and has contributed to design education through numerous publications and conferences. Adam has been a lead in the integration of... Read More →
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Timothy Wood

Vice President of Design and User Experience, EffectiveUI
Tim Wood is Vice President of Design and User Experience at EffectiveUI - a leading user interface and user experience design consultancy in the US. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Tim is focused on three core areas of interest: design management, design strategy, user experience and user interface architecture. His 20 years of design experience across the software product and consumer electronics industries provides his clients... Read More →


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