Interaction Design


  • Department/School
  • Department for Environment Constructions and Design
  • Head of course
  • Massimo Botta
  • Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts SUPSI in Interaction design
  • Course type
  • Full time (90 ECTS). The third semester is entirely dedicated to the thesis project and an internship. It can be spent away from the campus, also abroad.
  • Language
  • English
  • Application fee
  • A CHF 200 fee must be paid when the application is made. This fee is not reimbursable, and cannot be deducted from the semester fee.
  • Course fee
  • The semester fee amounts to CHF 1,600. This sum is reduced to CHF 800 for students who benefit from the application of the ASUP Intercantonal Agreement for Vocational Universities (Swiss nationality or civil and fiscal domicile in Switzerland or in Liechtenstein). Specific agreements apply for students residing in Campione d’Italia.
  • Centre
  • Mendrisio
  • Start date
  • 18 September 2023
  • Application deadline
  • 30 April 2023
  • Applications after this date are possible on payment of a fee of CHF 300. SUPSI reserves the right to close enrollments if the maximum number of scheduled places available is reached.
  • Description
  • The Master of Arts (MA) in Interaction Design combines design thinking, prototyping techniques, digital fabrication, programming, and physical computing in one study program addressing the realization of projects in which the interaction between the design culture and the technological development allows to generate design-driven innovations.
    The master offers students specialized knowledge and skills of interaction design. A pragmatic problem-solving approach to design is applied in a laboratory environment. Peer to peer learning, iterative processes and the rapid prototyping of various solutions qualify the students to pursue careers in industry, research centers and design practices, wherever technological innovation and design meet.

    The study program covers three semesters: it is structured in five modules, each of them offering a variety of design, methodological and technical courses.
    The first semester focuses on in-depth workshops and courses about the Fundamentals of Interaction Design, whereas the second is dedicated to project-based learning about Designing Advanced Artifacts, Designing Advanced Environments and Designing Advanced Services.
    The third semester is entirely dedicated to the thesis project: students have the opportunity to do hands-on research on their own project and develop their competences with an internship at companies and industries.

    For more details about the program and the student projects, please visit the website of the Master of Arts in Interaction Design maind.supsi.ch as well as the Facebook page Maind Interaction and Instagram account maindmastersupsi.

Objectives

The goal of the master is to train skilled designers qualified for a wide range of professions and who work in interdisciplinary design teams in the most creative and innovative industries.

The Master of Arts in Interaction Design responds to the demands of the market for designers who are able to tackle the digital transformation within firms and industries. In particular, the study program allows students to develop design, methodological, technical, strategic and relational skills.

The master meets the innovation economy by training professionals qualified to design products, environments and digital services focused on user needs, interaction modalities and innovative technologies.

For more details about the program and the student projects, please visit the website of the Master of Arts in Interaction Design maind.supsi.ch as well as the Facebook page Maind Interaction and Instagram account maindmastersupsi.

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Skills

The Master’s degree program offers students the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge, skills and design methods which can be applied for research and problem solving. Moreover, students have the opportunity to learn how to build working prototypes to test their ideas. This set of skills qualifies the students to undertake professional careers at consulting agencies, companies and research centres at the intersection between design and technology.

The Master of Arts in Interaction Design allows students to learn the following core skills:

Analysis and research methods
To acquire knowledge about Human Centered Design (HCD) methods, ranging from desktop research to the analysis of the user needs and co-design.
To be able to successfully implement the right methods during the project phases and to skillfully apply them according to the context.

Rapid prototyping
To learn the rapid prototyping techniques by using digital fabrication machines to build working prototypes which can be tested, improved and communicated by means of incremental iterations.

Understanding of technology
To become aware of the limits and possibilities of the technology with software and hardware programming and to acquire the necessary skills to build MVP (Minimum Viable Product).

Ability to plan and develop complex projects
To be able to autonomously plan and develop digital services and ecosystems focused on the user experience (UX) for different industries, such as financial services, transportations, consumer electronics, healthcare, telecommunications, media, culture, society and institutions.

Working in multidisciplinary teams and developing peer-review methods
To collaborate with peers from different disciplines and backgrounds; to assign specific tasks and responsibilities according to knowledge, skills and interests; to improve results and correct mistakes in peer assessment.

Understanding and defining business strategies
To recognize the social and economical relevance of an industrial sector and draw useful information from it in order to place a project proposal correctly on the market. To learn about business models, to tackle and apply strategic design thinking in dialogue with leading managers; to acquire the tools necessary to set up a business plan.

Leadership and communication skills
To learn the leadership principles to plan and carry out creative processes within complex organizations. To handle and evaluate various approaches in order to document, articulate and present a project in a convincing and reasonable manner.

Attitude towards innovation
To be able to originally combine user needs, cutting-edge technology and research outcomes to define innovative products, environments and services ready for the market.

Critical and creative thinking
To develop a critical and personal approach supported by research outputs to sustain the decision-making process. To enhance creative skills thanks to interdisciplinary collaborations and workshop activities.

For more details about the program and the student projects, please visit the website of the Master of Arts in Interaction Design maind.supsi.ch as well as the Facebook page Maind Interaction and Instagram account maindmastersupsi.

Admission requirements

The Master of Arts in Interaction Design is addressed to students with creative talent combined with a strong interest in designing the evolution of the technological, social and cultural context of the near future.

The requirements for the acceptance to the Master of Arts in Interaction Design are:

  • A bachelor degree in Design (graphic design, industrial design, interior design, media design, web design, etc) or an equivalent diploma.
  • Students with a bachelor degree in fields such as architecture, engineering, humanities, fine arts and business management are entitled to apply. Their applications are subjected to the approval of the Board of the Master and they might require some extra ECTS credits, which can be obtained before or during the program.

For more details about the program and the student projects, please visit the website of the Master of Arts in Interaction Design maind.supsi.ch as well as the Facebook page Maind Interaction and Instagram account maindmastersupsi.

Career prospects

The interaction designer is a professional figure who has career prospects not only within the traditional interaction design fields – that is, working on the definition of advanced artifact, environments and services – but also in multidisciplinary sectors which work with system innovation. The interaction designer covers specialized roles whose professional development can progress also to managerial and executive positions.

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Interaction Design program will pursue careers at design agencies, industries, and startups worldwide. Students will work on innovative products and services in sectors where the digital transformation represents a competitive advantage, such as media and web communication, ICT & digital services, e-commerce, consumer electronics, telecommunications, health & wellbeing, banking & finance, the public sector and start-ups.

For more details about the program and the student projects, please visit the website of the Master of Arts in Interaction Design maind.supsi.ch as well as the Facebook page Maind Interaction and Instagram account maindmastersupsi.

 
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