Human-Computer Interaction degree, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Transform the way we interact with technology

University of Advancing Technology offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), which prepares students with real-world skills to tackle the evolution of IoT and UX infused hardware, software, mobile and more. 

Human Computer Interaction has its foundations in the interfaces and interactions between electronic devices and the users that rely upon them. Great HCI design leads to the satisfied adoption of new, advanced and innovative user interface software and technologies. The study and practice of designing interactions transform the human computer interaction experience, so the computer is no longer a distracting focus of attention, but rather an invisible tool that empowers the individual user. 

Strong HCI design enhances creativity, bolsters human-to-human collaboration, extends productivity, increases safety and makes interacting with devices enjoyable. Applications of good HCI practices include mobile and web applications, game and simulation, IoT devices, wearable technologies, novel use of computer technologies in education, intelligent interfaces, virtual and augmented reality environments and new I/O devices.

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Human Computer Interaction Degree Objectives

  • Articulate and apply concepts during the creation of human computer interactions that incorporate effective and aesthetic design concepts appropriately.
  • Evaluate the impact of new and emerging technology trends on human computer interactions and the user experience.
  • Be capable of evaluating a proposed HCI technology in terms of its application, platform and purpose. Translate this evaluation into an effective user experience and informed human computer interaction design.
  • Analyze human factors such as cognition, use patterns and demographics and apply this analysis to the development of effective human computer interactions.
  • Evaluate HCI design options in terms of their cost to produce and against perceived benefit by the user.
  • Prototype and produce innovative interfaces or interactions for at least two of the following: web, PC, mobile, handheld or next-generation platforms, including all production materials required in a complete pipeline using industry-standard tools, software and production processes.
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UAT’s Synchronic Learning model provides an education framework that prepares superior graduates to become tomorrow’s innovators. This model embodies UAT’s methodologies, curricula and community dedicated to fostering an environment of innovation that promotes demonstrated mastery and job readiness.

How does UAT prepare superior graduates? Students are required to participate in projects that solve real problems. UAT requires students to innovate and create a working proof of concept that’s never been done before. Students complete internships, community projects and apprenticeship experiences to cultivate their ability to succeed in the workplace.

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