Interaction & Experience Design

The Master in Interaction and Experience Design (formerly known as Interactive Media) is a 12-month intensive conversion course designed specifically for graduates who are interested in combining technological competence with design/ artistic endeavour. It offers students with different backgrounds (from any design discipline to art, from new media to computer science, and more) opportunities to exploit their potential in new emerging domains (experience, interaction and participatory design, ubiquitous computing and multimodal interaction, social media and virtual/augmented reality, mobile, wearable, and physical computing, tangible user interfaces, etc), across a wide range of activities that are relevant for the ICT and digital media industry: multimedia authoring, software/hardware development, games, social media, interactive installations and visualisation, human-centered design research, education, and so on.

Entry requirements

A primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in any subject area, with first or second class honours. A portfolio of the applicant's own work that demonstrates the applicant's creative ability. This can be artwork, websites, software, writing, etc. Applicants may be called for an interview. The interview normally takes 20-30 minutes and includes a review of the applicants portfolio.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice

Subjects taught

Semester 1
• Foundations of Interactive Media Design
• Interactive Media Project/Workshop 1

Electives (choose 2)
• Digital Media Software & Systems 2
• Information Society
• Realtime Audio & Video
• Physical Computing

Semester 2
• Principles of Interactive Media Design
• Interactive Media Project/Workshop 2

Electives (Choose 2)
• Mobile Application Design
• Product Design & Modelling
• Visual Coding
• Applied Interaction Design

Semester 3
Interactive Media Project (see project sample at


1 year full-time

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  • Qualification letters

    MA/ MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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