Art + Design

Interaction Design and Journalism, BS

Inform the reporting of critical and complex stories through the design of data visualizations, messages, interactions and experiences.

Learn the principles, practices, and responsibilities of the journalism profession which can be applied to reporting important stories in your hometown, around the world, or in an organization. Developing a broad understanding of visual journalism through the principles and systems of perception, students apply visual form and the interrelationships of text and image to construct narratives and create meaning. They engage visual composition, form, and pattern to enhance written language. Students visualize concepts and data and create navigable

interfaces to facilitate human understanding of complex and vital knowledge, connecting people to people and people to information.

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Co-op Opportunities

design and media sectors

Ronik Design + Development, Sametz Blackstone Associates Inc, Rue Gilt Groupe, BounceX, Ifactory Inc., JCDecaux North America, Mullen Advertising Inc, NBC Universal, Unispaceb Smartwebs, Inc., AutoDesk, Hubspot, Ogilvy, IDEO

news and publishing sectors

The Boston Globe LLC, Patriot Ledger, Harvard Business Publishing, HMH Books and Media

arts sectors

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boch Center

food and beverage sectors

America's Test Kitchen, Kind LLC, Best Bees Company, BevSpot Inc., The Boston Beer Company, Inc

fashion and travel sectors

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc, Reebok International Ltd., Wayfair, The TJX Companies, Inc., Trip Advisor LLC

government and civic sectors

City of Boston, City of Cambridge, Boston Neighborhood Network, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, MassDOT/MBTA

health care and pharmaceutical sectors

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc., Massachusetts General Hospital, Imprivata, Inc., Vertex Pharmaceuticals

educational sector

NU Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research, edX, EF Education First, WGBH Educational Foundation

financial and business sector

Commonwealth Financial Network, Fidelity Investments, John Hancock, MFS Investment Management, State Street Corporation, Thomson Reuters, The Boston Consulting Group International Inc, Talent Acquisition Group

Career Opportunities


Digital Strategist

Documentary Filmmaker


Experience Designer

Graphic Designer

Interaction Designer



News Producer

Product Designer

Public Relations Specialist

Social Media Specialist

UI/UX Designer

Web Producer/Writer

Multidisciplinary Skills
  • collaboration
  • creative problem-solving
  • critical thinking
  • critical thinking
  • data analysis
  • design research
  • design software
  • digital skills
  • experience mapping
  • fabrication
  • facilitation
  • graphic representation
  • human factors
  • information design
  • interviews
  • leadership
  • listening
  • observation
  • personas
  • problem framing
  • production skills
  • programming
  • project management
  • rapid prototyping
  • reporting
  • research and analysis
  • semiotics
  • shooting and editing
  • sketching
  • social media
  • technical skills
  • typography
  • user stories
  • user testing
  • verbal and written communication
  • visual storytelling
  • visual synthesis
  • visualization
  • writing
Learning Outcomes

1.Apply iterative design processes to create, revise, evaluate, and develop effective prototypes and innovative solutions.

2. Engage human-centered design research methods and systems thinking to identify and understand values, goals, motivations of intended audiences as a mode of inquiry, question framing and guide to action.

3. Develop a high level of craft and technical skills in a relevant range of media and tools and effectively weigh applicability for intended audiences and outcomes.

4. Develop and realize intent, concept and content with awareness of context and consequence.

5. Implement visual patterns incorporating text, image, diagram including temporal and spatial representations to recognize, categorize, and articulate significant form and meaning

6. Employ and embody ethical practices, team and cross-disciplinary collaboration, and effective communication and presentation skills.

7. Apply relevant communication theories and principles and appreciate the pervasive and long-term impact of design decisions on people and societies.