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The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) offers four academic programs:

Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professor Beth Kolko's directed research group, Hackademia, conducts their final presentations.These programs give students the opportunity to pursue areas of specialization, attend classes while working, and earn a degree in the day or evening. Since HCDE is part of the College of Engineering, students earn an engineering degree and often start with a strong foundation in math and science, knowledge that is increasingly important in society and industry today.

HCDE students learn about designing user experiences and interfaces, creating information visualizations, conducting user research, designing for the web, and building web technologies. When our students graduate, they find employment primarily in the high-tech industry where they design, build, and evaluate user interfaces and applications, websites, and other forms of interaction between users and computers.

The department offers a wide range of courses, some required and some elective. Class sizes are small, so students work closely with faculty members and other students. HCDE expands its course offerings with carefully selected joint listings with other departments across campus, and offers students specialized learning through design projects and internships, in which students work with a client to design and deliver a product. HCDE also offers a directed research program in which students work in small teams side by side with faculty to conduct hands-on research and often publish the results.

All students at the University of Washington are held to the standards set forth in the Student Code of Conduct handbook. Students should familiarize themselves with the policies set forth in this publication.

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Upcoming Deadlines

User-Centered Design Certificate Application
Deadline Monday, Aug 11, 2014
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HCDE PhD Application
Deadline Monday, Dec 1, 2014
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HCDE MS Application
Deadline Thursday, Jan 15, 2015
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HCDE BS Application
Summer Deadline: CLOSED
Winter Deadline:
Sunday, Feb 1, 2015
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