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Interaction Design

Interaction design focuses on shaping products for people’s use and behaviour and includes designing interactive digital products, environments, visual communication systems and services. 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.

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

Entry requirements

MASTERS DEGREE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
All candidates applying for a Taught Masters degree programme must achieve a minimum of a 2nd class Honours in a Level 8 Honours Degree programme in a related discipline.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis through IT Carlow’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system.

For non-native English speakers: IELTS (6.0) or equivalent is required.

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).

Duration

1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

What will I be able to do when I finish the course?
The Master of Arts in Interaction Design 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. It is envisaged that graduates will be in a position to critically evaluate existing creative services and to visualize future possibilities for devising better design methodologies and best practice in managing design practices and studios.

Potential employment for graduates include:
• Interaction Designer
• User Experience Designer/Consultant Engineer
• User Interface Designer
• Mobile App Designer
• Mobile App Developer
• Web Designer
• Front End Developer
• Digital Media Designer
• Visual Designer
• Communications Designer
• Multidisciplinary Design Studios
• Strategic Design Thinkers
• Design Manage
• Content Developer
• Product Designer
• Industrial Designer
• Service Designer
• Design Thinking
• Design Entrepreneur

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme. Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Interaction Design is an Embedded Exit Award.

Further enquiries

Con Kennedy
MA, PDP, LLM, PgCert
Programme Director
E: con.kennedy@itcarlow.ie

Allison Kenneally
BCL, BA, LLM, PgCert
E: allison.kenneally@itcarlow.ie
T: 059-9175300

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Subjects
Framing User Experience
Principles of Interaction Design
Prototyping Interactions
Design Entrepreneurship
Human Interface Design
Communication Design
Design Research Methods
Design Project Dissertation

Application date

Closing Date
The closing date for receipt of Online Applications is 30th June 2017

How to Apply

• Applicants should complete the Application Form

• Supporting documentation such as Examination Transcripts, Employment Details, Personal Statements etc can be emailed to postgradadmissions@itcarlow.ie

• Applicants due to take examination in Summer 2017 must forward transcripts of results as soon as they become available

NOTE: Your application cannot be processed until all the relevant supporting documents have been received

How are the Masters/Postgraduate/Higher Diploma applications evaluated?

Where demand for programme places exceeds supply, all eligible applicants will be ranked in accordance with their academic and/or academic equivalent experience. Entry requirements are outlined in the course information details.

When will Place Offers be issued?

First Round Offers: DATE TO Follow
Closing Date for Acceptance of Place Offer: DATE TO FOLLOW

• Applicants are advised to review the status of their Masters/Postgraduate/Higher Diploma application regularly.

• Applicants eligible for a place offer will receive an email advising them to check the status of their application on the IT Carlow website

• There will be a facility to Accept place offers online

• The Institute will issue a formal letter to all Applicants who have accepted a place offer at the beginning of August 2017.

• Some additional offers may be made mid-August 2017

Course fee

This programme is not eligible for Free Fees.
Programme Fees 2016/17 €5,500.
Fees under review for 2017/18.

Enrolment and start dates

Course will commence in September 2017. Courses are offered subject to viable numbers.

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