MA Interaction Design Communication is a practice-led design course that prepares students to design for an increasingly technologically informed and interdisciplinary design world with skills in the following areas: interaction design, design prototyping, physical computing, user-centered design, open source digital platforms, design research, foresight and insight, experience design, communication design, speculative and critical design, interactive design and digital arts.

Intel Future Cities: Students collaborated with technology on an exploratory design project.
LCC MA Interaction Design Communication students were selected to exhibit at ThingsCon in Berlin.

Student Simona Ciocoiu explains her brief for the haptic physical computing prototype.

Work in Progress private view, MA Interactive Media, LCC
Ana Escobar

Work in Progress private view.

Student Masato Seki explains his brief for the haptic physical computing prototype.

MA Interactive Design Communication, LCC
Image by Lewis Bush
Work in Progress private view, MA Interactive Media, LCC
Ana Escobar

Work in Progress private view.

Students with Specialist Tutor Nicolas Marechal
Image by Lewis Bush
Work in Progress private view, MA Interactive Media, LCC
Ana Escobar

Work in Progress private view.

MA Interactive Design Communication, LCC
Image by Lewis Bush
Work in Progress private view
Ana Escobar

Work in Progress private view.

MA Interaction Design Communication, LCC
MA Interaction Design Communication, LCC
Image Lewis Bush

Please note

MA Interaction Design Communication is being redeveloped as a four-term model from September 2015 entry.


Course Leader

Eva Verhoeven

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model)
Home/EU Fee

£8,000. There is also an additional residential fee of £900.
UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount
Course fees may be paid in instalments

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at University of the Arts London. For more information visit the Postgraduate Funding page.

International Fee

£15,950. There is also an additional residential fee of £900.
UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount
Course fees may be paid in instalments

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at University of the Arts London. For more information visit the Postgraduate Funding page.

Start DateSeptember 2016
Term DatesSeptember 2016 - December 2017
Application Route

Direct to College - See the How to Apply tab

Application DeadlineApplications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Content and Structure


MA Interaction Design Communication provides an opportunity for experimental practice in an area of design that increasingly explores the intersection of the physical and digital domains. With a focus on synthesising thought through rigorous design prototyping (making), digital processes and user perspectives, the course is highly reflective of interdisciplinary practice within the contemporary design, media and communications industries.

The course's integrated approach to critical thinking provides you with the opportunity to work with critical ideas in an applied design context – for example psycho-geographic practice as empirical research or engaging with other critical theories of space to generate user perspectives. This ensures that ideation processes take on both the macro as well as micro opportunities for innovation and speculation crucial to building a portfolio of highly engaged work.

As well as placing you in a position to work across the broad spectrum of interaction, design and communication, the course is just as interested in design questions as design answers. This means that the course also prepares you for progression to further design research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self-directed experimental practice.

LCC has an outstanding team of practitioners and published researchers and enjoys a rich programme of visiting speakers. The course also benefits from a cross-European collaboration with design industry professionals and higher education institutions and there is an opportunity to visit at least one other centre in Europe during the course.

This course is taught within the School of Design


The course is delivered across three 15-week phases. You will respond to briefs that are set to test the learning in the units described below.

Phase 1

  • 1.1 Theories and Technologies of Interaction Design (40 credits)
  • 1.2 Research Practice and Human Centred Design (20 credits)

Phase 1 of the course introduces you to the technologies and concepts that are core to the practice and theory of interaction design. Following an induction programme that sets the scene for the course, you will see how contemporary interaction, design and communication practice uses a range of technologies and concepts, and you will experience the interrelationship between theory and practice. This phase allows you to acquire the important foundations of knowledge across several discplines including interaction, design and communication. These are critical for the development of subsequent stages of the course. You will be introduced to key design prototyping and technical skills in this phase that will be essential for your practice throughout the rest of the course.

Phase 2

  • 2.1 Interaction Futures and Speculative Design (40 credits) 
  • 2.2 Physical Computing and Design Prototyping (20 credits) 

(Exceptional Postgraduate Diploma exit point after 120 credits)

Phase 2 offers you the opportunity to use both the critical and technical skills gained in Phase 1 to produce speculative and critical design projects. We also explicitly explore the intersection of the physical and digital domains, introducing you to the applied skills needed to work with physical computing, sensors and data environments. During this phase you will also develop a project proposal for your final major project and thesis in Phase 3.

Phase 3

  • Unit 3.1 Final Major Research Project
    (Weighted 50% written component and 50% practical component)

Within Phase 3 you will undertake a final major research project which relates to the expanded field of interaction, design and communication. This will involve a self-directed major practical project and the completion of a related thesis, which demonstrates your critical reflection, analysis and original research. With access to broad theoretical models spanning the discipline, you will apply these models to your own specialist area of interest to produce a critically aware major project that after assessment will usually be presented at your postgraduate show.

What students say about the course

I'm a better team leader now - I know what it's like to be on the other side - and I'm a better team player now, because I can manage myself.

"Here we have been taught to think as well as to do."

"I've worked with people from more than 10 different countries - where else could I get that experience?"

"It's a very well balanced combination of theory and practice. For overseas students it's very good that it is so intense and that you have to attend five days a week."

"I really enjoyed the course for all its opportunities. We had much better support than you get on other courses. The lectures and seminars were great."


You will work with highly qualified and experienced educators in multimedia who deliver the course and who retain close involvement with the industry, continuing their professional practice and, in the majority of cases, engaging in scholarly research at an international level. In addition, there will be visiting experts from the industry itself.

Course Leader: Ben Stopher

Specialist Tutor, Design Prototying & Physical Computing: Nicolas Marechal

The course also benefits from the School of Design Practitioner in Residence Programme. This year the course will work with Matt Rice from design studio Sennep


Graduates of the course are equipped to work in an increasingly technologically informed and interdisciplinary design world with real skills in the following areas: interaction design, user experience, design prototyping, physical computing, user-centred design, open source digital platforms, future casting, foresight and insight, design research, experience design, design for embedded technologies and the internet of things, communication design, value engineering, thought leadership, interactive and digital arts.

Some international students choose to remain in the UK to gain valuable industry experience whilst others return to their home countries to pursue successful careers.

A significant proportion of our graduates start their own companies and in some instances further develop their course Final Major Projects and take them to market.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

MA Interaction Design Communication has a particular aim to appeal to communication designers who are interested in exploring these new and emerging areas of design practice.

The course seeks students who have a critical understand of how technologies and digital culture are affecting design practices, and who are keen to work with network digital systems, and in areas of design research and practice that challenge preconceptions.

Although not an entry requirement, you should be comfortable with some basic coding (some i.e. HTML CSS) in order to communicate ideas with colleagues, although strong creative experience in this area is an advantage. We will introduce you to various coding languages and design prototyping platforms during the course, but expect that individuals will develop their skills base within specific project work.

Recruitment and Admissions

Applicants are expected to have an honours degree, preferably in a related subject. However, we do not exclude candidates who have graduated from other less strongly aligned disciplines.

  • Additionally, we welcome applications from non-traditional backgrounds and in particular mature students. We can also assess prior experience as part of our selection criteria.
  • If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the AP(E)L system. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency.

Language requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability at enrolment.

  • IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each category.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.

Portfolio Advice

Applicants should submit an electronic portfolio via web link (or CD/USB) with their application. The portfolio can be supplied as a PDF with links to a minimum of five web projects and media assets, and should show examples of each of the following:

  • Design/media work, either time-based or interactive
  • Visual work that has been made in response to a design brief from either education or professional practice. Self-initiated projects are also encouraged

Personal Statement (500 - 800 words)

In the application form you will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on the MA Interaction Design Communication. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for interaction design
  • A well-articulated rationale for applying for the course


Home / EU and International students

Funding opportunities available for this course:

Any questions? Please email or visit Postgraduate Funding page.

How to Apply

Application checklist

Please include the following with your completed application form:

  • Portfolio (electronic) on a CD/USB, or via web link to external site
  • Personal statement (500-800 words)

UK/EU Applicants

Apply direct to the College using the Postgraduate Application Form
Postgraduate UK/EU Student Application Form (PDF - 4.15MB)

UK/EU applications should be sent to:
Postgraduate Admissions, Central Administration Office
5th Floor Tower Block
London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle
London, SE1 6SB

International Applicants

Apply directly to the College using the International Application Form
Postgraduate International Application Form (PDF - 189KB) 

International applications should be sent to:
LCC International Admissions Team
College Academic Registry
London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle 
London, SE1 6SB

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