The programme gave me the opportunity to let loose and just start exploring. It offers challange-based learning where you receive various assignments and then produce a result. Design is about doing, not studying!

Björn Lindh, alumnus

Interaction Design, Master's Programme (One-Year)

Summary

Interaction design concerns the design of digital artifacts and digitally mediated communication, with a focus on use experience.

Interaction design is a rapidly changing discipline, and we maintain the relevance of our education by working with real-world design cases and external clients including local industry partners and cultural and civic organisations. Navigating a shifting design landscape also requires the critical mind-set of a scholar, and we foster reflective design by teaching research skills and involving students in active research projects.

The one-year master's programme consists of four 15-credit courses, starting with a studio-based introduction to multidisciplinary collaboration and mainstream interaction design. The next two courses address embodied interaction and collaborative media, two of our signature topics. The final course is a master's level degree project.

We have offered master's degrees in interaction design since 1998, with graduates moving on to positions as designers and strategists in ICT and media industries around the world, as well as to entrepreneurial endeavours.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in subjects relevant to interaction design. Examples of relevant subjects include, but are not limited to: computer science, informatics, information systems, human-computer interaction, new media arts, fine arts, design (industrial, product, graphic, interaction), communication studies, media studies and cognitive science.

Approval of the following submitted material: two work samples of previous, relevant work and an individual response to the application assignment. Please see the 'Selection' tab on this page for further information.

General eligibility + the equivalent of Swedish higher secondary school English course B.

Selection:

Applicants are selected in order according to precedence from work samples, design assignment and a letter of motivation in combination with interview if needed.

Note
There are specific instructions regarding eligibility or selection on the next tab on this page, called Selection. Please, make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly!

About

Interaction design at Malmö University

We educate designers who can articulate and develop cutting-edge practices in key areas of interaction design: tangible and sensor-based interaction; wearable and embodied interaction; game design; participatory design practices; critical design; social innovation; and collaborative media development. Students approach these genres within a broad context that considers the social, political and ethical consequences of their designs. Our education is studio-based, bringing students into close contact with our design professors. 

This is a one-year programme, which is also offered as the first year of a two-year programme providing a more well-rounded combination of design practice and academic research.

Practical design skills and academic research 

Interaction design is a rapidly changing discipline, and we maintain the relevance of our education by working with real-life design cases and external clients that include local industry partners as well as cultural and civic organisations.

Navigating a shifting design landscape also requires the critical mindset of a scholar, and we foster reflective design by teaching research skills and involving students in active research projects.

Internationally recognised

Our programme was founded in 1998, making it one of the more established programmes of its kind. We focus on areas in which our design and research excellence is internationally recognised: tangible and sensor-based interaction; wearable and embodied interaction; game design; participatory design practices; critical design; social innovation; and collaborative media development.

Who are you?

Interaction design requires the fusion of multiple skill sets. We recruit students with different backgrounds — from design, media, engineering, the arts, and social sciences — and focus our teaching on creating disciplinary synergy in the concrete design work.

Content

The programme comprises full-time study for one academic year, divided into four courses starting with a studio-based introduction to multidisciplinary collaboration and mainstream interaction design. The next two courses address embodied interaction and collaborative media, two of our signature topics. The final course is a master’s level graduation project.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible for the second year of the two-year master’s programme, during which you can learn more about interaction design research and theory. Read more about the two-year master’s programme.

Teaching methods

The programme is based on learning-by-doing pedagogy. This means that we encourage an iterative practice of experimentation and reflection. As teachers, we view ourselves as coaches guiding you in this process.

Studio-based

The programme is studio-based. You will also have access to computer labs, a materials workshop and a prototyping lab for electronics, sensor and microprocessor programming.

Group work in multidisciplinary teams

The primary method of learning is through group work in multidisciplinary teams with classmates and stakeholders. The ability to work in teams and with others — including user communities — is an important part of our curriculum, and several projects are organised in order to practice these skills.

Humanistic approach

With our humanistic approach, you will be practising qualitative research approaches to support your design of tangible artefacts as well as digital and interactive services, systems and artefacts. We emphasise an understanding of people in their use situations.

Reflective and experimental design — thinking and doing 

Prototyping in the studio and real world contexts is an integral part of becoming an interaction designer.

To practice reflective and experimental design activity, projects and courses integrate seminars and hands-on workshops introducing students to, among other things, ethnographic fieldwork, visualisation, low and high-fidelity prototyping, microprocessor programming and video sketching, as well as evaluation of use qualities. All these practices are backed up by literature references and examples.

The thesis project

Your thesis project will be a combination of a design project and reflective writing that will involve communicating and discussing your design work. 

Working environments

Students have access to studio spaces, and we encourage a healthy studio culture. This is where we conduct group-work, seminars, workshops, presentations and discussions. Close by, there is a well-equipped materials workshop and a physical prototyping lab for electronics and sensor work. Additionally, we often use the facilities at the MEDEA research centre for final presentations, exhibitions, seminars and programme meetings.

Career opportunities

Students enter the programme with different kinds of expertise, from art and design to engineering and social sciences. Upon graduation, you will have built a strong understanding of how your particular skills play a role in interaction design and how they merge with the specialities of your fellow designers.

Most alumni move on to positions as interaction designers, user experience specialists or usability architects in the ICT, telecom and media industries. For some, this involves fine-tuning the interfaces and interactions of current products to users' needs; other interaction designers work on concept development for future products and services. Other alumni find their calling in strategic positions where the role of interaction design is considered in relation to market and business development.

Some interaction designers can also be found in change agents roles in public organisations and NGOs. 

 

Interviews

Selection

Once you have completed your application, including your academic credentials and English proficiency, you will also need to submit work samples, a response to our design assignment and a Letter of Motivation. 

Deadline to submit the documents for autumn 2019 is February 1st. Only submissions using the document form below are accepted.

To complete your application follow the steps below:

  • create an account and apply to the programme via Universityadmissions.se 
  • upload your documentation on Universityadmissions.se. You will need to document both a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and English proficiency to be considered eligible for the programme. Applicants in their final year who will receive their diploma before the programme starts can also apply, but must follow specific instructions.
  • submit your Letter of Motivation (max. 800 words) + two work samples (max. 10 pages) + your response to our design assignment (max. 2-3 pages) online to University Admissions. You need to use the template document below and upload it as one pdf for it to be accepted.
  • Fill out the form below with links to your work samples and response to the design assignment. Note: This is mandatory.
  • when uploading your work samples or portfolio pieces, make sure they show your craft skills and your ability to execute projects. For each sample, we would like you to breifly explain why you chose it and what you think it says. If it is joint work, be sure to indicate your contributions clearly.

Download the document to fill out here

Save your documents as one pdf and upload it to your account on Universityadmission.se. See Universityadmission.se for more information.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2019

Programme Code:
TAINE revision 8
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
03 November 2011
Date of ratification:
03 November 2011
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2012
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
03 November 2011

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in subjects relevant to interaction design. Examples of relevant subjects include, but are not limited to: computer science, informatics, information systems, human-computer interaction, new media arts, fine arts, design (industrial, product, graphic, interaction), communication studies, media studies and cognitive science.

Approval of the following submitted material: two work samples of previous, relevant work and an individual response to the application assignment. Please see the 'Selection' tab on this page for further information.

General eligibility + the equivalent of Swedish higher secondary school English course B.

Organisation

The programme comprises full-time study for one academic year, divided into four
courses as follows:

  • Introduction to multidisciplinary interaction design (15 credits)
  • Embodied interaction (15 credits)
  • Collaborative media (15 credits)
  • Graduation project (15 credits).
With regards to design methodology, there is a progression from participatory approaches with heterogeneous groups in public settings to participatory approaches where the border between design and use is dissolved.

Academic maturity is developed throughout the year, cumulating in an independent
one-year master's level graduation project.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2019:
Autumn 2019 - Semester 1
Spring 2020 - Semester 2
  • Collaborative media, 15 credits (KD642A) compulsory

Learning outcomes

The general learning outcomes for the programme are the ones that Sweden's Higher Education Ordinance prescribes for master's degrees (60 credits).

Knowledge and understanding
In order to receive a master's degree in Interaction Design, the student shall demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding within interaction design, including an overview as well as in-depth knowledge in parts of the field, and insight into current research; and
  • advanced methodological knowledge in interaction design.
Competencies and skills
In order to receive a master's degree in Interaction Design, the student shall demonstrate:
  • the ability to integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and manage complex phenomena, questions and situations under conditions of limited information;
  • the ability to independently identify and formulate questions, and to plan and adequately perform qualified assignments within given time limits;
  • the ability to clearly account for and discuss conclusions and the knowledge and arguments underpinning these conclusions, in both written and spoken dialogue with various groups;
  • the skills required to take part in research and development as well as in other advanced enterprises.
Evaluation and approach
In order to receive a master's degree in Interaction Design, the student shall demonstrate:
  • the ability to make judgments within interaction design considering relevant academic, societal and ethical aspects;
  • an awareness of ethical concerns in research and development;
  • insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, the role of science in society, and the responsibility of the individual for how knowledge is used; and;
  • the ability to identify further knowledge needs and to assume responsibility for knowledge development.
Topical outcomes are specified per course, whereby the generic types of outcomes
are mapped with interaction design as follows:
  • knowledge and understanding -- repertoire and theory (canonical designs, important design elements and important theoretical concepts)
  • competencies and skills - skills and technique (including design approach)
  • evaluation and approach - reflection and criticism.

Degree

Master's degree (60 credits).

Master of Science (60 credits) with a major in Interaction Design.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Enquiries about the Interaction Design master’s programme should be directed to K3student@mah.se, including questions about work samples and design assignments related to admissions.

If you have other questions about admissions, requirements or documentation, please contact the Admissions Office at Malmö University, admissions@mah.se / +46 40 665 75 00.

If you need study or career guidance related to the programme, please contact Student and Career Advisor Viktoria Brännström (viktoria.brannstrom@mah.se)

Application

02 September 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mau-92013

International application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 200000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 200000 SEK

Application deadline 15 January

Apply

03 September 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 200000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 200000 SEK