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Technical Communication & Information Design (TCID)

The Technical Communication and Information Design (TCID) degree at UCCS is one of only a few stand-alone technical communication programs in the country and prepares students for rapidly growing, high-salary career fields including user experience design, usability, technical writing, content management, web creation, and information design. TCID at UCCS has user experience (UX) as its foundation, dedicated to making complex information accessible and understandable to people of all walks of life.

If you ever hoped to pursue a career in technology but always excelled at writing over math and science, this field may be a perfect fit for you. Utilize your talents in communication, writing, information, and user experience to connect people with technology. 

More Reasons to Believe

  1. 11,000 unfilled jobs

    In the next decade, there will be nearly eleven-thousand unfilled jobs (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the field of technical communication and information design).

  2. Nineteen

    That's the number of students in each class. We've capped our class sizes to keep them small, ensuring your success inside and outside of the classroom. 

  3. Career-focused Courses

    Here's a sampling of the courses you can take as a TCID major: 
    -   UX Research Methods
    -   UX Design Principles
    -   Document Design
    -   Iterative Design Projects
    -   Grant and Proposal Writing
    -   Information Architecture
    -   Technological Adaptability
     

  4. Real Careers

    Our coursework is tied to real careers, with curriculum designed to give you a foundation of theory, technology, and practical application, with the added enhancements of collaboration and industry partnership.

  5. Industry Internships

    A TCID internship offers practical industry experience that encourages skill-building in a career path that interests you, and it provides you with real-world contacts for launching your career.

  6. In-person. HyFLex. Hybrid. Online.

    TCID at UCCS teaches courses in all the most current ways with most upper division coursework in-person. 

  7. $72,000

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for professions associated with this degree is over $72,000 per year.

Kyle, Graduate of the 2020 class
Employed following graduation

“I got a job immediately after graduating the UCCS TCID program as a direct result of my work, a dynamic and applied education, and the growing network of professionals that have come from this program.”

– Kyle, Class of 2020

High Demand Careers
The demand for TCID graduates is booming, with the field growing at 22% in Colorado and 10% nationally. Colorado Springs is rated among the ten fastest growing areas for technical communication in the United States by the annual STC Salary Database:

User Experience Designer
Usability Researcher
Technical Writer
Content Manager
Information Designer
Copy Writer
Copy Editor
Content Strategist
Information Architect
Media Specialist
User Experience Designer

Degree Offerings

  • BA in Technical Communication & Information Design

    Graduates of the TCID program will have:
    -    The ability to write clearly and correctly for specific audiences who are directed by clearly defined pragmatic purposes
    -    The ability to assess and to learn new technologies
    -    The ability to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, including co‐workers, subject‐matter experts, and end users
    -    The ability to manage complex projects and to ethically manage the work of others
    -    The ability to communicate fluently in multiple media formats
    -    The ability to conduct user research on complex products or services and to communicate that research to diverse audience (source)

    The Bachelor of Arts in TCID will include 36 hours in these core competencies spread among five areas, TCID Foundations, TCID Practice & Theory, Advanced Practice and Theory, Diversity Topics in TCID, and a senior TCID Portfolio. Students will also be required to complete a nine‐hour “track” or concentration within the degree which complements the core competencies and enables students to focus in an area of individual interest. Those concentrations currently include Non‐Profit and Organizational Writing, Design & Media, and Programming Foundations.
     

    Program PDF

  • Minor in Technical Communication & Info Design

    Diversify your major by gaining the skill and ability to communicate better in your field. Explore a minor in the TCID program. 

    Minor PDF

  • Minor in User Experience (UX)

    Expand your skillset with this User Experience minor offering within the TCID program. 

    Minor PDF

  • Certificates

    Certificates in TCID and UX are also available for students who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree.

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