What is the programme 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 utilises our growing understanding of design psychology and complex systems to design interactions that allowing the user to complete the desired tasks within real environments of operation.
This programme designed for honours graduates or early career professionals in product and industrial design, multimedia and game design, visual communication design, architecture, engineering and other design related fields who have a specific interest in designing robust, usable and useful human to system interactions.
This Masters programme has been developed by Institute of Technology Carlow in consultation with industry and is delivered though a blended learning approach of condensed onsite delivery and self-directed learning supported by online resources within the structured environment of a taught programme.
The aim is to provide maximum flexibility for learners to balance their studies with their other work and life commitments. The programme is centred around the development and delivery of a major project which can be either theory based or rooted in the learners current working practices.
Special features of this programme
This Masters programme sits within the Department of Humanities at Institute of Technology Carlow which facilitates the culture of interdisciplinary design lead research and learning. Through blended onsite and online delivery, the programme facilitates undertaking the programme as part of a work based continued professional development.
What subject areas will I study?
Design Psychology & Framing User Experience
Principles of Interaction Design
Design Research Methods
Human Interaction Design
Communication Design (Online delivery)
Interaction Project Dissertation
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-by case basis through IT Carlow's RPL system.
1 year full-time.
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 increase their value in the growing field of interaction design and human factors. 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
• HCI Designer
• Mobile App Designer
• Design Entrepreneur
• Web Designer
• Front End/Content Developer
• Digital Media Designer
• Visual Designer
• Communications Designer
• Strategic Design Thinkers
• Design Manager
• Product /Industrial/Service Designer
What follow-on study opportunities are available?
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.