Earn Online Master’s Degree in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology

As designers become more influential in helping businesses create strategies related to technology and innovation, expect to see continuing innovations in design education.

Wired USCThe University of Southern California, Condé Nast and WIRED have announced a partnership to create a new online Master’s degree in Integrated Design, Business and Technology. The partnership combines the expertise of the editors, writers, and designers at WIRED with the academic rigor of USC.

USC is a leading research university known for pioneering interdisciplinary programs. For more than 20 years, WIRED has been a source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in transformation. WIRED reaches more than 30 million each month through WIRED.com, the print and digital magazine, social media and live events. The WIRED conversation illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—from culture and business to science and design. Breakthroughs reported in WIRED lead to new ways of thinking, new connections, and new industries.

The aim of the new 18-24 month Master’s Degree in Integrated Design, Business and Technology is to educate creative thinkers and technologists to better equip them to transform the world of industry and enterprise.

The Dean of the USC Roski School of Art and Design Erica Muhl and WIRED Editor in Chief Scott Dadich announced the new online degree at WIRED By Design, a live magazine event held at Skywalker Ranch in Marin, Calif.

The new master’s degree will offer specially designed coursework from the Roski School, the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and other leading programs at the university. The program is scheduled to begin in the 2015-2016 academic year.

“The pace of technology development requires higher education to continue to respond with programs that are flexible and adaptable, and that meet the needs of future cultural and business leaders,” said Dean Muhl.

“We’ve been thinking for years about what a university curriculum with WIRED would look like, and now we have a chance to build it with a terrific partner,” said Dadich. “Taking the best from USC and WIRED, we can teach discipline and disruption, business fundamentals, and the very latest innovation models from Silicon Valley.”

USC’s online graduate education model builds upon the historic role of the traditional university while incorporating advances of the digital age. USC currently offers more than 80 programs online to approximately 8,000 graduate and executive education students.

In addition to offering a unique curriculum, the format of the new Master’s Degree program will offer distinctive opportunities to its participants, including: residencies at WIRED headquarters, exclusive audiences with WIRED leaders and conference speakers, and access to WIRED’s highly respected editors and writers, as well as leading industry icons.

Students in the program will be immersed in the culture of WIRED’s award-winning edit and design team, learning how they report, interpret and anticipate the next big breakthroughs in business, science, technology, design, and culture.

“WIRED is recognized as a source for up-to-the-minute ideas, analysis and perspective,” said Robert A. Sauerberg Jr, President of Condé Nast, which publishes WIRED. “Today we’re announcing the first of several partnerships we plan to create that will merge the knowledge and expertise of Condé Nast’s brands with distinguished academic programs to develop the next generation of talent. Given its reputation as an innovator, it makes perfect sense that WIRED is the first.”

USC’s program development and build out will be powered by higher education partners Synergis Education and Qubed Education. Synergis helps colleges and universities design and launch programs of distinction by creating unique learning environments and supporting recruitment, retention and student services. Qubed establishes new partnerships between top-tier universities and leading media organizations and brands to create high-quality innovations in world-class higher education institutions.


USC Roski School of Art and Design


WIRED: Come Learn at WIRED and USC’s New Degree Program


Creative Pros Can Learn Skills or Teach Courses on Skillshare

Do you need to expand your photography, design, writing, illustration, or entrepreneurship skills? Or: Can you teach any photography, design, or technology skills that might make life easier or more creatively fulfilling for others? Either way, you might benefit from Skillshare.

SkillshareLogoLaunched in 2011, Skillshare is a global learning community that offers a low-cost way to learn real-world skills from anyone, anywhere. All classes are focused on skills that you can use immediately, either in your career or on personal projects.


If you have knowledge to share, you can promote your own local, in-person classes on Skillshare. You can set your own fee for the classes your list on Skillshare, keeping in mind that most Skillshare classes cost around $20 per ticket. Skillshare’s goal is to keep the classes affordable and accessible to as many people as possible.

If you can teach a course in photography, film, design, illustration, fashion, or technology, you can apply to teach an online class. The classes can’t be promotional and must involve the completion of a hands-on project that enables students to show what they have learned.

The online classes are still in beta, so only a limited number of applications are being accepted. But the Skillshare approach looks promising.

In November, 2012, Mattan Griffel became the first Skillshare teacher to earn $25,000 in ticket sales for one online course. He teaches students how to code, using Ruby on Rails, one of the hottest programming frameworks for building websites. By the end of the five-week course, each student must use Ruby on Rails to build a basic web app.


When looking to refresh or expand your own skills, you can find new classes listed on Skillshare every day. Business topics include everything from entrepreneurship, website design, public speaking, and digital-marketing to graphic design fundamentals, visual storytelling, coding, and app store optimization. For a relief from the daily grind, enroll in a Skillshare course on cooking, gardening, or wine tasting.

More Details

Skillshare is based in New York City, but Skillshare classes can happen anywhere. Local classes enable students to meet their teachers live and in person. Online classes happen on Skillshare.com and attract students from anywhere in the world.

The online teachers provide guidance, resources, and interactive lectures and office hours. Students can work together, share questions and ideas, and exchange feedback throughout the duration of the class.


Skillshare Classes

Becoming a Skillshares Teacher

YouTube: Learn Differently with Skillshare


Huffington Post: Avi Flombaum, Skillshare Teacher, Earns $100K a Year, Quits Day Job

Attend Online Courses at Gnomon School of Visual Effects

DESGINERS. For over fifteen years, the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, California has trained many of the world’s best digital artists currently working on blockbuster movies and games.

Starting January 7, 2013, they will launch an expansive new online training curriculum with more than 50 individual courses. The courses will be held in a 100% live interactive format and taught entirely by leading industry professionals via live screen-sharing technology and webcams.  Registration for these courses is now open.

Courses will cover a vast range of subjects within visual effects and game production, such as concept design, modeling, character animation, dynamic effects, compositing and matte painting.  The curriculum utilizes software including Maya, 3D Studio Max, Houdini, ZBrush, Mari, Nuke, Photoshop, Unreal and many more.

You will be able to develop personalized paths on any subject from beginner to advanced levels. To support the live lecture component of the courses, Gnomon has developed a brand new back-end that includes private forums, homework, handouts, grading, attendance records, and everything that students experience when taking courses at Gnomon’s Hollywood campus.

Over the past year, a team of us at Gnomon have been working hard to develop an amazing online experience,” says Alex Alvarez, founder and director of Gnomon. “We are proud of what we have put together, and I personally can’t wait to take a bunch of these classes myself! After almost 20 years in the industry, I remain humbled by how much more there is to learn.  Through this new resource I hope others will share my enthusiasm for what Gnomon has created.”

At its Hollywood campus, Gnomon offers full-time two and three-year programs on entertainment design and digital production, as well 100 individual extension courses. Called “The MIT of Visual Effects” by Fast Company magazine, Gnomon strives to offer students unprecedented exposure to visual effects and game production, and maintains an institutional placement rate of 97%.


The Gnomon School of Visual Effects

Live, Online Courses at The Gnomon School of Visual Effects



Online Design College Offers Business Skills for Freelancers

Freelancing is very prominent within the design industry. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29% of graphic designers are self-employed, along with up to 59% of individuals working in digital arts, multimedia, and animation. Unfortunately, many design programs do little to prepare students to run their own businesses.

Recognizing that entrepreneurial training is an essential part of preparing design professionals, Sessions College has introduced a new concentration to their certificate program curricula: Design Business.

“The Design Business concentration helps students prepare for careers and freelance work through identity building, portfolio design, online marketing, and self-promotion,” states Sessions College Chief Academic Officer Tara MacKay. “Pairing this concentration with a certificate program gives students a great foundation for entrepreneurship in a creative environment.”

Cover of Sessions College Brochure

This new concentration, along with 13 other design concentrations, can be added to any of the 7 available certificate programs at the Professional or Advanced levels. Using this range of options, students can build a strong foundation in visual design while gaining skills in a variety of design subjects; preparing them to fill a niche of their choosing within the design industry and increasing their potential for success.

Sessions College® for Professional Design is a fully online college of design. Sessions College offers accredited visual arts degree and certificate programs in fields such as graphic design, web design, multimedia arts, and game arts. The college also offers a wide selection of  individual courses, including layout design, logo design, digital photography, digital video production, digital video editing, figure drawing, Photoshop for game artists, and photo retouching.

To prepare art and design professionals for successful careers, Sessions College provides a thorough training in the technical, creative, and critical-thinking skills required for a fast-changing industry.


Sessions College for Professional Design

Courses in the Design Business concentration

Accredited Visual Arts Degree and Certificate Programs

Brochure (PDF): Sessions College of Design