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Interaction design focuses on shapingthings for peoples use and behaviourand includes designing interactivedigital products, environments,visual communication systems, andservices. Interaction design utilisesour growing understanding of designpsychology and complex systems todesign interactions that allowing theuser to complete the desired taskswithin real environments of operation.

This programme designed for honoursgraduates or early career professionalsin product and industrial design,multimedia and game design, visualcommunication design, architecture,engineering and other design relatedfields who have a specific interest indesigning robust, usable and usefulhuman to system interactions.

This Masters programme has beendeveloped by South East Technological University in consultation with industryand is delivered though a blendedlearning approach of condensed onsitedelivery and self-directed learningsupported by online resources withinthe structured environment of a taughtprogramme.

The aim is to providemaximum flexibility for learners tobalance their studies with their otherwork and life commitments. Theprogramme is centred around thedevelopment and delivery of a majorproject which can be either theorybased or rooted in the learners currentworking practices.

What subjects will I study?

  • Design Psychology & Framing User Experience
  • Principles of Interaction Design
  • Design Research Methods
  • Human Interaction Design
  • Prototyping Interactions
  • Communication Design (Online delivery)
  • Interaction Project Dissertation

Special Features

This Masters programme sits within theDepartment of Humanities at South East Technological University which facilitatesthe culture of interdisciplinary designlead research and learning. Throughblended onsite and online delivery, theprogramme facilitates undertaking theprogramme as part of a work basedcontinued professional development.

Entry Requirements

A Level 8 Honours Degree in Product or Industrial Design,Games Design, Visual Communication Design, or otherrelated design disciplines such as Architecture or Engineering(minimum 2nd class Honours). Candidates with significantexperience in the design services sector (as determined by the Universitys recognition of prior learning policy), in addition toan Honours primary degree in another discipline area may alsobe considered for entry on a case-by-case basis through SETU Carlows RPL system. Applicants applying for entry via routesother than that listed above will be considered on a case-bycasebasis through SETU Carlows RPL system.

Study & Career Opportunities

Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Interaction Design is an embedded exit award (Level 9 - 60 credits).

This programme will provide graduateswith a unique opportunity to increasetheir value in the growing fieldof interaction design and humanfactors. Graduates may also adoptresearch and advisory roles in relationto new product development anddevelopment of the provision ofcreative services in practice.

Potential employment opportunities

  • Interaction Designer
  • User Experience Designer/Consultant/Engineer
  • HCI Designer
  • Mobile App Designer
  • Design Entrepreneur
  • Web Designer
  • Front End/Content Developer
  • Digital Media Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Communications Designer
  • Multi-disciplinary Design Studios
  • Strategic Design Thinkers
  • Design Thinking
  • Product Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Service Designer

Graduate Profile

Eva McSweeney

UX Architect - Lab49 and former Owner/Head Designer - Gold House Design, The White Studio & winning team member of Public Choice Award at IxDA Awards New York.

How has the MA in Interaction Design helped your career ? 
The Master of Arts in Interaction Design helped me immensely in my career; it helped to focus me towards the exciting new field of User Experience Design and opened up many doors for me. Throughout the MA course we learned the value of human centric design alongside the key technology and problem solving skills needed in this area. Working on both collaborative and individual projects we gained a real understanding of how Design Houses run their projects.

Would you recommend this course? 
The interaction design field is exploding right now with job opportunities appearing almost everywhere as it is the practice of designing for technology, interactive digital products, environments, systems and services. I have learned some very much sought after design skills through this Masters course.