Where to study interaction design? IxD Schools thread


This is a sticky thread for collecting comments and recommendations for interaction design schools.

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Carnegie Mellon University School of Design (http://design.cmu.edu/)
Ryerson University, New Media (http://www.ryersonrta.com/bfa-newmedia/)
Malmo University, Interaction Design (http://edu.mah.se/TAIND)


University of Applied Sciences & Arts Zurich, Interaction Design (http://iad.zdhk.ch)


Umeå’s Institute of Design has a two-year master programme in Interaction Design that you might want to look at (http://dh.umu.se). Students from Europe are exempt from tuition fees.


Folks, following on the success of our award-winning undergraduate interaction design program, California College of the Arts is launching a graduate program. Starting in Fall 2015, our intense one-year Master of Interaction Design program in San Francisco will equip graduates to be leaders in this fast-growing field.

We’re committed to the idea that interaction design should not only benefit commerce but also have a positive impact on society. We imagine a future where new tools and systems are made to work for everyone – where they’re more meaningful, human-centered, and delightful. Where everyone is empowered to improve their lives and their communities.

Please share this with anyone you think may be interested.

If you’re interested, I invite you to learn more – and apply – by visiting http://cca.edu/masters-ixd.
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Lindsey Wilson College has recently launched an online IxD Masters Degree. The faculty for this program are working professionals in the field using a curriculum developed from the most current Knowledge in the field. They are MFA graduates, mostly from SCAD(Savannah College of Art and Design). If you would like to know more go to the Website. Check it out. Lindsey Online

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At Gjøvik University College in Norway, there is a masters degree in Interaction design. I am currently taking this degree and I am so glad I did. This is an international degree, so everything is in english.

Some of the courses:
Usability and human factors
Information architecture
Scientific methodology
Colour in interfacedesign
Methods for user centered design
Project management and software engineering
Design, creativity and innovation


I’ve got a background in web design and front end development (8 years approx). However I’m interested in taking a side step in my career towards more usability focused roles such as User Research or UX Consultancy.

I’m currently looking into doing an Msc (part-time, ideally 2 years) in Human Computer Interaction in either the UK or Europe.

I’m interested in an Msc that focuses on the psychology behind users’ interaction and how this influences UI/UX, user testing techniques etc it as opposed to a graphic design led course. I would prefer if the course took quite a practical approach to teaching and made it possible to manage while working (almost full-time) at the same time. Maybe I’m asking too much?

Any advice on a suitable Msc or whether or not I’m going in the right direction to take this side step is welcome.


Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA offers a BS in Interaction Design.
Although this is a new major at the College, ACCD has a rich history in interaction design, spanning the fields of graphic, transportation, entertainment, industrial and media design. Art Center graduates hold leading positions in companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and IDEO as well as startups and agencies. With the field of interaction design experiencing a period of tremendous growth, we launched a degree program dedicated to creative innovation and professional leadership in 2012. We have crafted a course of study in which students think deeply about the user’s experience, apply technology creatively and invent new approaches to interaction and design. Our curriculum emphasizes core methods, tools and processes that prepare students to lead as new technologies emerge. Transdisplinary studios mean students take class in partnership with product, automotive, entertainment, industrial design and transmedia desigers.


I am the chair of the Experience Design (XD) Masters program at VCU Brandcenter. The VCU Brandcenter Master’s program, part of VCU’s School of Business, has been recognized by Creativity Magazine, the 4A’s, Ad Age and BusinessWeek as a top graduate program in advertising, digital media and design. We are accepting applications for the fall of 2015. http://brandcenter.vcu.edu I’d be happy to answer questions.


We are recruiting now for another cohort in the Fall for the Online MA in Interaction Design at Lindsey Online. Check out all the details including the short amount of time it will take to earn your Masters Degree online without ever having to visit a college campus. Lindsey Online


We have openings on our online MSc in Interaction Design ( http://www.idmaster.eu/ ). The program is offered fully online by Cyrpus University of Technology and Tallinn University. It is fully accredited and the cost is 4100 euro for the whole 2 year program.


Lindsey Wilson College Online has just been approved to offer a fully accredited online Bachelor’s Degree in User Experience. This is in addition to their excellent Masters Degree in Interaction Design which they have been offering for a year. Both of these programs are recruiting new students for the Fall Semester starting in August. For full details go to their website. http://LindseyOnline.lindsey.edu


Hong Kong Polytechnic University offers a variety of masters programs with focus on interaction design, video games, ergonomics and other design issues. They all fall under its School of Design, situated in a Zaha Hadid designed mother-ship called Jockey Club Tower, hosting great facilities such as photo studio, ceramic studio, 3D printing, video and audio production etc. If you are interested in what’s happening in Asia this is the place to be, graduates end up with great portfolios that get them jobs in the local but also international markets. For more information you can visit http://www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/en/


University of Washington in Seattle. MS in Human Centered Design & Engineering, both day and evening programs. Mix of professors and working professionals teaching the classes.


For those on the run or can not travel for the places mentioned above I suggest the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) in Aarhus . (Copenhagen - Denmark)
It’s free , content driven by Industry , awesome curriculum , applicable the very next day , great mix between Academia & Industry and your employability rating goes through the roof .
Super relevant , super fresh , great UX - the 1st Global Virtual University .
I employ their candidates and have seen the difference .


ArtCenter College of Design offers a BS in Interaction Design. http://www.artcenter.edu/interaction/

The program begins with hands-on classes in graphic and product design, strategy, human-computer interaction and investigative research, as well as theory and criticism through the humanities and sciences. Students can expect to get very good at storytelling, modeling,sketching, paper prototyping and thinking about creative ways to convey user experiences.
Coursework explores broad modalities in design—auditory, tactile and motion. In upper terms, students focus on developing their own design perspectives and devise new solutions to specific contemporary and future design challenges. We also offer our students transdisciplinary and elective studios so they can experiment, hone their skills and get exposure to other Art Center departments. Emerging technology studios include AR/VR, Chatbots and AI, autonomous vehicles, design for social innovation, and wearable tech.


Hi everyone, my university has opportunities in obtaining a Master of Science and PhD in Information.

The Masters in Information involve a specialization of HCI.

Check it out! If you have any questions, I can answer them as much as I can since I love my university. In regards to the program, I have friends in the graduate program which I can refer you to.


Go blue!


Hi all,
I’d like to add another option in Europe: IxD.ma international Master’s in Interaction Design, a new two-year course at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

The program focuses on the whole human centered design process, draws its mentoring talent from top design agencies and is built on industry collaborations. In addition to skills and mindset, a strong emphasis is put on building strong portfolios and doing internships across the Globe.

Program: Master’s in Interaction Design
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
School: The Estonian Academy or Arts