Interaction Design

What is the MA in Interaction Design about?
Interaction design focuses on shaping things for people's use and behaviour and includes designing interactive digital products, environments, visual communication systems, and services. Interaction design is the synthesis and imagining of things as they might be, rather than focusing on how things actually are, with a focus on satisfying the needs and desires of the end user. This programme is specifically designed for honours graduates in product and industrial design, multimedia and game design, visual communication design, architecture, engineering and other design related fields. This Masters programme has been developed by Institute of Technology Carlow in consultation with industry and is delivered though the combination of self-directed learning and graduate research within the structured environment of a taught programme.

The aim is to nurture and support a unique interdisciplinary approach to research and learning in this area. The programme is centred around the development and delivery of a major project which can be either practice or theory based.

Special features of this programme
This Masters programme sits within the Department of Humanities at Institute of Technology Carlow which facilitates the culture of design lead research and learning. Our programme facilitates a culture of interdisciplinary learning embedded within the ethos of a studio based educational environment.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Interaction Design is an Embedded Exit Award.

Entry requirements

A Level 8 Honours Degree in Product or Industrial Design, Games Design, Visual Communication Design, or other related design disciplines such as Architecture or Engineering (minimum 2nd class Honours). Candidates with significant experience in the design services sector (as determined by the Institute's recognition of prior learning policy), in addition to an Honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry on a case-by-case basis through IT Carlow's RPL system. Applicants applying for entry via routes other than that listed above will be considered on a case-bycase basis through IT Carlow's RPL system.

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?

Framing User Experience
Principles of Interaction Design
Prototyping Interactions
Design Entrepreneurship
Human Interface Design
Communication Design
Design Research Methods
Design Project Dissertation


CWB12 Master of Arts in Interaction Design CARLOW Full-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 90

CWB13 Postgraduate Diploma in Interaction Design CARLOW Full-time NFQ Level 9 Credits 60


Carlow - 1 year full-time


CWB12 Master of Arts in Interaction Design CARLOW Full-time €5,500

CWB13 Postgraduate Diploma in Interaction Design CARLOW Full-time €4,800

Programme Fees for Non-EU Students
Masters Programme Fee – €11,250

Post Course Info

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
This programme will provide graduates with a unique opportunity to gain a competitive edge prior to embarking on a career in design or related fields.

Graduates may also adopt research and advisory roles in relation to new product development and development of the provision of creative services in practice.

Potential employment opportunities include:

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

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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