Why Study Interaction Design?
There is a continuous demand for passionate, creative experts, especially in the fields of Interaction Design, User Experience and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). The program equips graduates with immediately marketable skills in design, technology, and theory as related to the domain of Interaction Design, User Experience and Human-Computer Interaction.
Interaction Design shapes the experiences of people as they interact with products in order to achieve their goals and objectives.Interaction designers define product behaviour, mediating relationships between people and people, people and products, people and environments, and people and services across a variety of social, cultural and technological contexts.
Priorities in Focus
This course differentiates itself from other Interaction Design and HCI programs by addressing worldwide-recognized as well as European Union’s priorities, highlighted by the EU’s Digital Agenda. These are:
- e-Inclusion, as reflected by the European Commission’s view on the role of eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion domains in sustainable human development
- e-Accessibility, which targets the removal of the barriers encountered when trying to access and use digital media products, services and applications
- e-Services, which reflect the recognition of information technology as a powerful tool for accelerating economic development, whose benefits include accessing a greater user base, broadening reach, lowering of entry barrier to new domains and cost of acquiring new audience, alternative communication channel, increasing services to enhancing awareness and perception, gaining competitive advantages and potential for leveraging knowledge.
Graduates can pursue careers as Content Strategists, Creative Directors, Creative Technologists, Design Strategists, Developers (front-end or back-end), Information Architects, Interaction Designers, Mobile Designers, Service Designers, Usability Specialists, User Interface Designers and many more.
Graduates are also able to excel as entrepreneurs and prepared for self-employability through successful pitching and presentation of their’ ideas and work to professional and public bodies as well as pursuing suitable funding opportunities.
Specifically, graduates will have the following skills:
- knowledgeable about the techniques necessary for the design and development of easy to use, appealing and thoroughly designed software and systems
- understand how digital media, as products and services, relate to existing social, cultural, economic and technological systems
- to effectively lead and collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams through the entire process from design to development and evaluation of software and systems
- to follow established professional, ethical and intellectual property protection principles
- undertake internationally recognised research and continue studies at PhD level