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Master's Programme in Interaction Design

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2017

The Master’s programme in Interaction Design deals with the relation between people and IT. Interaction design is about the ability to design both the cognitive and physical interface and integrate them into a successful whole. We aim to enable designers to create sustainable, comprehensible and pleasurable information based products, services and environments.

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While studying

All courses are structured into 5, 10 or 20-week blocks. Within each block shorter course modules offer specific skills training, theoretic studies and practical exercises. Studio courses are usually part of a 5-week block and aimed at learning specific skills and applying them in practical exercises. You will work both individually and in groups.

Projects with external partners

Applied design projects form the backbone of the study programme. Projects usually include lectures, field trips, site visits, group method work, user studies and studio work. The projects are carried out in collaboration with external partners and tutoring is given both by our own teachers and visiting professional designers. The projects you will work on are human-centered projects based on specific user groups rather than product categories.

Define your exam project

The fourth and final term is devoted entireily to the examination project. You will carry out your exam project in cooperation with a corporate sponsor or other external partner. It is important that the project is seen as a collaboration and not a commission. You are expected to define a problem area, establish contact with an external partner and write a project brief that includes aims, method description, anticipated deliverables and outline budget. The process of defining your project starts early in the third term in dialogue with faculty members and the programme coordinator. A professional designer is assigned as external tutor during your project.

Internships?

Internships are not obligatory but our students often take the opportunity during the summer months. Internships can be with Swedish companies or organizations but it is increasingly common to work internationally.

Programme overview

Year 1:
Skills and Techniques, ID. Professional Use. Graphic Design. Form Workshop. Communication Design for Co-creation. General Product (Service Design).

Year 2:
Expericene Prototyping. Interaction Concept. Creative Reflections on Interaction Design. Degree Project.

Read more about the programme courses

Career opportunities

The Master's programme in Interaction Design prepares you for working in the industry. Our students are frequently employed as design consultants as well as in major corporations.

Further studies?

Following your degree you can continue with PhD studies.

Degree

Degree of Master of Fine Arts. Main field of study: Industrial Design. Specialisation: Interaction Design.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Interaction Design, 120 hp

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International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2017

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

12

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree, in industrial design or equivalent subject area which should include at least 60 ECTS credits in the field of Design + Portfolio. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Selection

For acceptance to the Masters program, artistic talent and design aptitude is essential. Selection among qualified applicants is based upon submitted portfolio material and interviews. Application is made in two steps. Step 1: through the national online application service universityadmissions.se Step 2: Portfolio is uploaded to Umeå Institute of Design webpage. Information about application at www.uid.umu.se

Application code

UMU-M5102

Application

Application deadline was 16 January 2017. The application period is closed.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK135,000

Total fee

SEK540,000

Application

Application is made in two steps.

  1. Through the national online application service universityadmissions.se.
    Deadline for application: January 15.
  2. Portfolio sent to Umeå Institute of Design. Information about application at www.uid.umu.se

Common questions

Contact us

Contactpersons for the programme are: Christoffel Kuenen, programme director

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology