MFA Interaction Design

The Master Programme in Interaction design deals with the relation between people's behaviour and the behaviour of products and services. The interaction designer gives shape to that relation, bringing cognitive, emotional and physical aspects together in a successful whole. We aim to enable designers to perform the balancing act between societal relevance, understanding people and working with the possibilities and consequences of technology.

 

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.

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 centred projects based on specific user groups rather than product categories.

Define your exam project

The fourth and final term is devoted entirely 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.

Ivy OS - A Degree Project: Juan Pablo Farré developed Ivy OS, an operating system for iPhone that celebrates the process of ageing in smartphones. 

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 allow you develop your professional skills as well as your own business networks in preparation for a future careern in design. Internships are arranged with Swedish as well as international companies and organisations. Some students take the opportunity to get some valuable experience during the summer months. Many students take further advantage of the school's broad network of industry connections and do a full year of internships between the first and the second year of the programme. 

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW 

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

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 

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

Further studies?

Following your degree you have the opportunity to progress your academic career through PhD studies.

BW Stoffel Kuenen
Stoffel Kuenen
Programme Director
christoffel.kuenen@umu.se


 

 

 

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  • 23 nationalities

    The IxD programme currently has students representing: Austria, China,  Croatia,  Cyprus,  Denmark,  Germany,  Greece,  India,  Italy, Mexico,  Netherlands,  Poland,  South Korea,  Spain,  Sweden,  United Kingdom and the USA.

     

  • Online application

    October 16 - January 15
    Application period for 
    MFA programmes and one-year course Industrial Design Intensive