Graduate Certificate in Interactive Design

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online No
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 22
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements No


Digital Media plays an increasingly significant role in the global culture and economy. The Interactive Design Graduate Certificate offers an overview of courses in the creative process of storytelling and communicating through visuals and sound. Students gain expertise in time-based design, interface, and experience design through a practice-oriented problem solving approach.

The courses in this program also serve as a concentration in the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media.




Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2016 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Core Courses (22 q.h.)

DGM 6105 Visual Communications Foundation 4 q.h.
DGM 6108 Programming Foundations* 4 q.h.
DGM 6168 Usability and Human Interaction 4 q.h.
DGM 6217 Typography for Interactivity 4 q.h.
DGM 6461 Interactive Information Design 1 4 q.h.
DGM 6880 Portfolio 2 q.h.

*Students with sufficient programming experience may request a waiver to substitute the required course DGM 6108 Program Foundations with DGM 6308 Intermediate Programming for Digital Media.

Required minimum credit hours: 22 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $14,212.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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