Interaction Design

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 MA course is specifically designed for honours graduates in product and industrial design, multimedia and game design, visual communications design, architecture, engineering and other design related fields.

The course includes delivery of a major project which may be practice or theory based. Potential areas of employment for graduates include: interaction design, user experience design, consultant or engineer, user interface design, mobile app design, web design, digital media design, industrial design and many more.

Exit Award - Yes.

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 those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis through IT Carlow's RPL system.

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the IT Carlow website for entry requirements and application information.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Study & Career Opportunities
Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this course.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Interaction Design is an embedded exit award (Level 9 - 60 credits).

Potential employment opportunities
• 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
• Multidisciplinary Design Studios
• Strategic Design Thinkers
• Design Manager
• Product /Industrial/Service Designer
• Design Thinking

Further enquiries

Dr. Eileen Doyle-Walsh BA, MLitt, PhD
Head of Department – Humanities
P: 059 917 5347

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
P: 00353- 59-9175205

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


Postgraduate Opportunities - Institute of Technology Carlow.
Institute of Technology Carlow has a range of high-quality courses that offer suitably qualified primary degree holders (NFQ Level 8) exciting opportunities to progress to higher awards (Masters and Doctoral degrees). These opportunities are by research and thesis or taught courses, with many available on a full-time or part-time basis across our three campuses in Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford.

Higher Degrees by research are normally obtained by undertaking a research project, guided by an experienced supervisor. The average duration of a research Masters degree (NFQ Level 9) is 2 years full-time study. A PhD (NFQ Level 10) should take from 3 to 4 years (full-time) to complete.

Taught courses are available at three levels: Higher Diploma (NFQ Level 8); Postgraduate Diploma - NFQ Level 9 (60 credits); and Masters - NFQ Level 9 (90 credits). Individual full-time postgraduate courses are described in the forthcoming sections. Details of part-time taught courses are available in the Lifelong Learning prospectus.

Research Masters and Doctoral Degrees
Institute of Technology Carlow offers postgraduate research supervision for both Research Masters and Doctoral Degree candidates (NFQ Levels 9 and 10). Research supervision is closely tied to the priorities and expertise of staff attached to specialist research centres at Institute of Technology Carlow. Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is an integral part of Institute of Technology Carlow's activities and a vital aspect of its interaction with industry and other research centres, both nationally and internationally.

Application date

How to apply
1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.

2. Check out all of the relevant entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read IT Carlows FAQs and application instructions on the Admissions section of the website.

3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants may refer to the International section of the website for further details or email:

Course fee

This course is not eligible for Free Fees. Programme Fees 2017/18 €5,500. Fees under review for 2018/19.

Enrolment and start dates

Postgraduate application procedure
Postgraduate applicants should refer to the Study/Postgraduate section of the website for more information:

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