The MA Interaction Design brings together candidates from a range of fields including design, art, computer science, psychology, sociology and business, and prepares graduates to play a leading role in the development of emerging technology in society.
What to Expect
The MA Interaction Design is a oneyear full time taught masters delivered in NCAD in conjunction with UCD. The course teaches fundamental approaches, methods and tools related to the design of digital products, experiences, systems and services with a focus on users and context of use. The MA is studio-based with students engaging in lectures, seminars, workshops, fieldwork and independent and group projects. The studio environment is an essential component, fostering collaborative and peer-to-peer learning.
The programme focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of Interaction Design, covering topics ranging from human-computer interaction and psychology, to product design and experience prototyping. At the core of the programme is a focus on the needs of people. Through a range of studio projects students learn to conduct people-centred research, extract meaningful insights, create and visualise concepts, and develop and evaluate prototypes in context. Covering the theoretical and practical aspects of the discipline, the course encourages students to design from both a pragmatic and speculative perspective, to imagine things as they might be and not necessarily as they are.
During the first and second semester students develop knowledge and skills in areas including user experience (UX), user interface design, design ethnography, service design, coding, physical computing, systems thinking, data visualization, prototyping and digital fabrication. Each year the students collaborate with the MSc Medical Device Design students on an intensive real-world project. Students also complete an Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation module delivered by UCD Smurfit Business School. Over the summer students complete a self-directed major project and dissertation.
Opportunities to Engage
Based in Dublin city centre, the hub of Ireland's rapidly growing technology sector, the MA offers exciting opportunities for students to engage with industry, extending their existing skillset into new territory. Students are exposed to a broad range of topics and real-world contexts through industry projects and engagement with design practitioners and visiting academics. Through project work students engage in fieldwork connecting with the local community, businesses and organisations. Student work is exhibited through workin- progress shows and a final exhibition. In addition to this, students are encouraged to display, implement and evaluate their work beyond the college in appropriate settings. Students are also supported to prepare publications to contribute new and relevant knowledge to the academic community.