The MA program in Design Management and Strategy at KU explores in depth the design function in business as an important integrative, and often interdisciplinary, area of work. The curriculum couples a rigorous, practical understanding of business with design’s natural capacity for handling diverse inputs, creative problem solving, and human-centered understanding.
The Illustration & Animation program prepares students to create images that can inform, influence, and inspire. While acquiring an effective use of visual language, students learn conceptual problem solving, compositional principles, and color theory, that are developed through the introduction and exploration of traditional and contemporary media. Business and marketing issues of the industry are addressed that prepare students for professional opportunities in animation, gaming, motion graphics, book publishing, entertainment, print media, fashion, toys and games, surface design, and gallery installations.
Industrial Designers conceptualize and design almost everything physical in our lives. Examples range from household appliances, electronics, wearables, automotive design, aircraft interiors, furniture, lighting, bicycles, skateboards, and myriad other product areas. Our graduates leave KU proficient in design using the latest in 3D design and rendering tools, and computer-aided manufacturing and fabrication tools and technologies. They find career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines including product design, furniture design, exhibit design, package design, human factors and product planning.
The Photography program is dedicated to evaluating and redefining the practice of photography and related media. We offer in-depth instruction in a range of analog and digital lens-based techniques within a rigorous learning, making and critique environment. As such, our students develop the distinct technical, critical thinking and visual literacy skills vital to success as contemporary photographers and professional practitioners. Our graduates go on to work in advertising, arts, communication, curatorial, editorial, and media production fields as thoughtful and engaged artists, technicians, archivists, editors, freelancers and art directors.
Visual Communication/Graphic Designers shape the messages, information and media that everybody sees, uses and experiences. From the printed page to the internet, we teach students the necessary creative problem solving and design thinking and making skills to create powerful visual solutions. Attention is given to the development of a well-rounded, representative, and quality portfolio. Career options include a wide range of areas such as traditional print media, magazine and book design, advertising, corporate marketing communications, branding, packaging design, exhibition and environmental design, motion graphic design, web/interface design and more.
Interaction Design is the activity of researching and fashioning products, services, and systems that are useful, useable, and desirable to people. Interaction Design offers a human-centered approach to innovation, creatively mediating how businesses engage with customers and how brands and entire organizations can become more relevant in the marketplace. Broadly speaking, interaction design is the activity of defining the contextual behavior of artifacts, environments, and systems. The Master’s student in Interaction Design should evidence the ability to conduct original design research, translate research insights into actionable design inputs, and produce an interactive artifact of relevance and quality.