Designing for People

Human-Computer Interaction is an interdisciplinary field of study that explores human behaviour in technology-rich environments with the goal of informing the design and testing of new technologies.

The School of Information participates in the Designing for People (DFP) program, a collaborative, cross-disciplinary program at UBC.

Program requirements

  • DFP is structured as 12 credits of specialization components that enrich another degree program
  • The specialization includes a dedicated project course and a research thesis or major research project supervised by a DFP-affiliated iSchool faculty member
  • The DFP program is open to MLIS, Dual and PhD students at the iSchool


If you are interested in the Designing for People program, we encourage you to apply as soon as you have been accepted to the iSchool if you are in your PhD, or during your first year of your master’s program. Most of our students join the DFP in their second year.

The first step in applying is to find an iSchool DFP faculty member willing to sponsor your application and serve as your research supervisor.

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