Interactive Design

Combined Major in Interactive Design

As an interactive design major at Merrimack College, you will develop a significant portfolio of interactive projects while learning the best practices for design, marketing, and development.

What is Interactive Design? 

Interactive design is the study of design between users and products that best serve the users’ needs and intentions.

You can learn to design and develop effective and useful products that can change peoples’ lives. You will improve your professional skills such as collaboration, writing, oral presentations and project management.

What You’ll Learn

Learn from professors in both the Computer Science department and the Graphic Design program. Our interactive design major provides each student with the perfect intersection of graphic design and computer science. 

Interactive design internships will expose you to the professional environment of product design and software development. 

As an interactive design major, you will:

  • Understand and perform various types of industry-related research
  • Write for a broad range of applications
  • Develop the capacity to collaborate successfully, both online and in-person
  • Motivate yourself and manage interactive projects
  • Develop ideas that stand the test of critical analysis
  • Deliver effective oral presentations to students, professors and outside clients
  • Develop skills in computer programming, UX/UI design, web and mobile application development, software design, and interactive product development
  • Brand and market yourself by creating a professional identity and portfolio
  • Become proficient in relevant industry software, hardware and social media
  • Be accountable, responsible and ethical in your work

Career Options

What can you do with a major in interactive design? Earning this degree at Merrimack will provide you with the preparation to enter the workforce immediately after graduation. While some students choose to pursue a master’s degree in graphic design or computer science, others will enter the workforce working for private companies.

Employment of web developers and digital designers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Potential career paths for interactive design majors upon graduation include:

  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • UX/UI Designer
  • SFX Artist
  • Scientific Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Commerce Designer

Courses You’ll Take

Graphic Design Major Curriculum

Graphic Design Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements.

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More Information

Nancy Wynn
Associate Professor and Chair
Visual and Performing Arts
Graphic Design Program Director
978-837-3433 | email

Combined Major Benefits

Dedicated Advising

You can expect to work with a dedicated advisor for both your academic and career needs throughout your college experience at Merrimack.

Combined Skills

By pursuing a combined major, students will have the opportunity to build multiple skill sets across a range of in-demand disciplines throughout their experience.

Affinity Group Status

Combined major students are given affinity group status, so you get access to specific resources across campus.

Guaranteed Internships

The O’Brien Center for Career Development and your career advisor will work to place you in a guaranteed internship, typically during junior year.