Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.
Autumn, Term One
- Theories and Technologies of Interaction Design (40 credits)
- Research Practice and Design Methodologies (20 credits)
Term One 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 and design 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 in design and interaction. 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.
Spring, Term Two
- Experimental Methods (20 credits)
- Expanded Practice (20 credits)
- Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
Term Two offers you the opportunity to engage further with your critical to produce speculative and critical design projects. In the previous year, students have been given the choice to either explore the role of critical machine or engage with communities to research their ideas through ethnographical research and radical design.
Summer, Term Three
- Experimental Methods (continued)
- Expanded Practice (continued)
Term Three offers you the opportunity to use both the critical and technical skills gained in Term One 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 Term Four.
Autumn, Term Four
- Unit 4.1 Final Major Research Project
(Weighted 50% written component and 50% practical component)
You will undertake a final major research project which relates to the expanded field of design and interaction. 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.
Learning and teaching methods
The above course objectives are taught using the following learning and teaching methods:
- Lectures/large group learning
- Workshop and seminar learning
- Academic tutorials
- Self-directed learning
- Outside speakers and visits
- Assessed assignments
The above course objectives are assessed using the following assessment methods:
- Practical project work and computer based activities.
- Prepared writing i.e. academic reports, essays etc.
- Responses to case studies.
- Oral presentations.
- Personal presentations of prepared work.
- Simulations and role plays.
- Workshop based activities.
- Written research projects.
- The creation of a portfolio of collection of work, which may contain a number of different activities i.e. creative artefacts with supporting process documentation and/or reports and evaluations.
The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.
Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.
In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.
We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.