Interaction Arts

Focus

All things physical and digital require a consideration for the people that use them. It is the job of the INTERACTION ARTS practitioner to design and develop a dialogue between the user and the product.

The INTERACTION DESIGN degree at Open Window is the first of its kind locally, offering innovative study in the diverse and rapidly evolving fields of Interaction Design, Interactive Development and 3-Dimensional Design.

This degree provides the graduate with a sustainable career in these dynamic and emerging fields, by providing specialisation in a discipline of choice, while still allowing for significant exposure in a range of related skills across the design and development industries. The Interaction Design programme is dedicated to addressing the educational needs created by the gap in the design industry and the new opportunities that go along with it. Graduates are equipped with strong problem-solving and research skills in order to craft meaningful experiences through products.

This qualification is intended for developers, interaction designers and product designers.

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Interaction Design

This subject is ideal for students with a flair for precise, organised and lean design, infused with style and creativity.

Interaction Design is a specialisation focusing on the creation and facilitation of the products and services unique to the digital age. These include systems as simple as an alarm clock, and flows through to more complicated mobile apps, websites and interactive displays.

The course is characterised by design education that uses human-centered design as its point of reference. This means approaching problem-solving through the eyes of the end user, promising solutions that are intuitive and user-friendly.

Careers include: Interaction Designer; Interface Designer; Usability Analyst; UX Designer; Web Designer and App Designer

Second Year Interactive Design
Elective Modules

Information Architecture & Content Strategy 203

Prerequisites: None

This elective module aims to introduce learners to the workflow and processes associated with planning, structuring and developing content for digital applications and products. Students will be equipped with planning tools (wireframes and sitemaps) and content management tools (information architecture)

Introduction to Social Media 204

Prerequisites: None

This elective module aims to introduce and familiarise learners with a variety of popular Social Media applications and their intended uses within a critical thematic framework. Each session presents a basic overview of different social media applications and their functions accompanied by case studies, practical examples and discussions.

Third Year Interactive Design
Elective Modules

Design for Web and Digital

Prerequisites: None

This elective module introduces the non-digital / interactive designer to the fundamentals of designing digital interactive media. Themes include user interface fundamentals, design for screen / multiple devices and many more.

Personal Online Branding

Prerequisites: None

This elective module aims to equip learners with a clear and critical understanding of practices and approaches related to personal branding and the areas that affect it. Students are led to develop and understand their own brands from a strategic level to visual design to professional behavior through practically based exercises and lectures.

User Experience Design 1

Prerequisites: None

User experience design is a human-centered design approach that puts the user first in the design process. Products, both digital and tangible, and systems need to be carefully designed to fit the actual needs and requirements of the user. These needs are determined through an process of contextual enquiry, requirements research and analysis. This elective module focuses on the practical research and evaluation tools used in the user experience design process.

User Experience Design 2

Prerequisites: User Experience Design 1 must be completed

User experience design is a human-centered design approach that puts the user first in the design process. Products, both digital and tangible, and systems need to be carefully designed to fit the actual needs and requirements of the user. These needs are determined through a process of contextual enquiry, requirements research and analysis. This elective module builds on the groundwork established in User Experience Design 301 by introducing students to practical user experience design tools and methods.

Interactive Development

Do you get a rush from solving intricate problems and creating functional and powerful systems? If so, you’re on the right track here.

Interactive Development explores the programming, development and support of various digital products. The course includes the creation of ‘real and useful’ websites as well as mobile application developments for the explosive realm of mobile devices. It focuses on front-end development (the appearance of the design) and touches on back-end development languages (how the design is programmed to function).

Open Window produces developers with robust and flexible skills that allow them to bring their imagination to life, on screen. Areas of focus include applications, web and product development.

Careers include Back End Developer; Creative Technologist; Front End Developer; Technical Lead; Web Developer and App Designer

Second Year Interactive Development
Elective Modules

HTML & CSS 201

Prerequisites: None

Students are introduced to the basic elements and applications of HTML 5 and CSS 3. This module does not assume any prior knowledge of HTML or CSS and serves as a beginner introduction to building interactive web pages.

HTML & CSS 202

Prerequisites: An Introduction to HTML and CSS

Students are equipped with the skills to apply HTML and CSS in more advanced applications.

Introduction to CMS 203

Prerequisites: None

Students are introduced to the basic functions of online content management systems such as WordPress. Students will learn the basics of structuring, organising, designing and eventually implementing a CMS-based website with rich features such as blogging, social media widgets, forms, slideshows and more.

Interactive Web: jQuery 202

Prerequisites: An Introduction to HTML and CSS

Students are introduced to basic client-side scripting languages and frameworks with which to easily add interactivity and animations to web and digital applications with a minimum of scripting.

WordPress Theme Design 204

Prerequisites: An Introduction to HTML and CSS

Students are equipped with the basic skills to build interactive themes that can be implemented using content management systems such as WordPress.

Third Year Interactive Development
Elective Modules

CSS Frameworks 301

Prerequisites: Student needs prior scripting or programming experience

Students focus on understanding and employing some of the most popular web development frameworks in use today. The goal being, to develop the ability to quickly and effectively deploy dynamic web pages without needing to code every element from scratch. Students will learn to use both front-end and back-end deployment frameworks, in order to keep up with the marketplace.

Software Methodologies 304

Prerequisites: Student needs prior scripting or programming experience

Students focus on methods for writing and testing software in a structured and efficient manner. It touches on agile methodologies, extreme programming, test-driven development and coding from documentation. The aim of the module is to expose students to the challenges of developing software as part of a large team or corporate environment.

Android Application Development

Prerequisites: Student needs prior scripting or programming experience

Students focus on mobile application development for Android devices. It is centered on firstly learning a new language syntax and secondly, using it to develop a simple application for the Android API. The goal is to prepare the student to work in the mobile development market.

iOS Application Development 303

Prerequisites: Student needs prior scripting or programming experience

Students focus on mobile application development for iOS devices. It is centered on firstly learning a new language syntax and secondly, using it to develop a simple application for the iOS API. The goal is to prepare the student to work in the mobile development market.

3D Design

Are you bursting with ideas, love figuring out how things fit together and know just how to improve them? Then this subject is for you.

The function and flow of physical, constructed spaces and the shape and form of products heavily influence how we interact with the world. The 3D designer imagines, conceptualises, designs and develops the objects that surround us.

The course explores the production of tangible and usable products and items with a focus on form and spatial problem-solving. Areas of focus include industrial design, production design, retail design, packaging, furniture, installations and services.

Careers include Events Manager; Exhibition Designer; Furniture Designer; Industrial Designer; Interior and Spatial Designer; Packaging Designer; Production Designer and Retail Designer

Second Year 3D Design
Elective Modules

3D Visualisation 201 - 204

Prerequisites: orthographic / engineering drawing knowledge

Students are equipped with the basic skills to electronically model using 3D CAD (computer aided design) software. Themes include simple parts, mechanical assemblies, liquid packaging and simple furniture design.

Third Year 3D Design
Elective Modules

3D Visualisation 301 - 304

Prerequisites: 3D Visualisation (SolidWorks software) 201-204

Students further develop their 3D CAD (computer aided design) software skills. Themes include product design, component detailing, visual language and furniture design.

3D Rapid Prototyping

Prerequisites: 3D Visualisation (SolidWorks software) 201-204

Students are introduced to rapid prototyping technologies.

3D Brandscaping

Prerequisites: 3D Visualisation (SolidWorks software) 201-204

Students are introduced to researching and understanding established brands.

Package Information

Industrial Designer

3DD_1

Product Innovation

3DD_2

Interaction Design with Development

IDS_1

Interaction Design (Corporate)

IDS_2

UX/UI/IXD Visual Designer (Agency)

IDS_3

Corporate Package

IDV_4

Agency Package

IDV_5

Innovation Hub Package

IDV_6

Modules

2nd and 3rd Years

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Department Head

Nadya Santapaga

Nadya Santapaga

Academic Coordinator
Interaction Theory Lecturer

BA (Information Design) UP

Lecturers

 Alexander Skelton

Alexander Skelton

Lecturer: Interactive Development

BSc (Computer Science) UP
BSc Hons (Computer Science)
(Cum Laude) UP

Michael Angelopulo

Michael Angelopulo

Subject Manager: Production Design

BAS (Bachelor of Architectural Studies) UCT
B Arch (Bachelor of Architecture) UCT

Carly Whitaker

Carly Whitaker

Senior Lecturer: Interaction Design

BA (Fine Arts) WITS
MA (Digital Arts) (Cum Laude) WITS

Morné Venter

Morné Venter

Lecturer: Interaction Design

BA (Information Design) UP
Enrolled for MA
(Information Design) UP

Welmarié Momberg

Welmarié Momberg

Subject Manager: Three-Dimensional Design

B Tech: Industrial Design. CPUT.
ND: Three-Dimensional Design. CPUT.
BA. Fine Arts (Creative Jewellery and Metal Design). The University of Stellenbosch.

Ruan de Necker

Ruan de Necker

Lecturer: Three-Dimensional Design

BA (Visual Communication) Open Window
Bcom (Business Management) UP

The Open Window (Pty) Ltd (company registration 1973/015860/07) is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) with Registration Certificate Number: 2000/HE07/016. Open Window (Pty) Ltd courses are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) under the Higher Education Act, 1997. For more information, please contact Open Window on 012 648 9200.
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