Interactive Systems Design

This program trains students in all aspects of the design and development of interactive systems. Interactive systems are now a ubiquitous part of people’s lives – from web applications to games to embedded devices – and the design and usability of these systems are having an increasingly large effect on the quality of people’s relationship to technology.

ISD combines courses in Art and Art History, Psychology, and Computer Science, and these courses provide knowledge and skills in several critical areas: principles of visual communication; critical approaches to visual systems; fundamentals of human perception, memory, and cognition; and the principles of computation and programming needed to design, build, and evaluate games and interactive systems.

This degree provides students with the computer science, design and psychology skills necessary to build effective, aesthetically pleasing, functional front ends for apps, websites, and games. Students who complete this degree fulfill the demand for skilled and well-rounded technologists in several industry sectors. The combined training prepares students well for jobs in web design, interface development, game design, usability testing, and front-end requirements analysis. Students will be able to work in technology, advertising and digital design, finding placements at firms in Saskatoon and around the world.


Legacy Program

Prior to the 2022-2023 academic year, the Interactive Systems Design program was a B.A.&Sc. degree. Starting in the 2022-2023 academic year, it has moved as a concentration under the Applied Computing program. The resources for the B.A.&Sc. degree can be found here.