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Master in Interaction Design

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Overview

The master in a glance

DETAILS INFORMATION
Language English
Recognized Title Academic Master’s Degree

Imagine, Draw, Code. Digital and Communication Technology. Design sensitivity. Business orientation. The Master in Interaction Design was founded out of curiosity for the future and research. At the core of this field lies the creation of a design product, service or space, that can interact with the body or the mind through innovation and technology; it is the addition of digital elements to everyday living; the adoption of digital technology for enriched service experiences; the transformation of design visions into market opportunities. The Master in Interaction Design runs for a challenge, and reveals itself as the desire to bring the authenticity of Italian design to the world of Information and Communication.

Audience

The Master is open to candidates with a background and/or professional experience in Product Design, Visual and Graphic Design, Media and Web Design, Architecture, Computer Science, Engineering, Communication Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Outcome

The Master in Interaction Design aims to form professionals with cutting-edge skills and competencies to attain different strategic and design positions: from Interaction Designer, UX (User Experience) Designer and Creative Director, to roles of Digital Strategist or Design Manager. Graduated students will be in the position to successfully meet contemporary industry requirements as well as start an individual career as self-employed consultants and free-lancers.

Program

The Master in Interaction Design represents the evolution of a series of initiatives of training and research developed in Domus Academy since 1983 focused on the theme of technological innovation and on the design of intangible relations with interactive objects and services. Planning, producing, promoting and marketing a product or a service in the post-industrial society requires designers with very specific skills, able to communicate with different personalities and to move beyond the classical logic of the market.

The Master in Interaction Design is workshop-based, supported by seminars, tutorials, lectures, fieldworks and projects followed by experienced professionals through a pro-active relationship with the Course Leader and Project Leaders.

The program is organized in four main modules lasting eight weeks each that include courses and workshops, followed by a 12 weeks internship period and a final portfolio presentation.

Workshops are project assignments that give students a working knowledge of different core subjects relevant to the specific master program. Workshop start with the presentation of the brief defined by the faculty in collaboration with external professionals and industrial partners. Students will be supported by lectures aimed at broadening their knowledge on the specifc theme, involving designers, researchers, stakeholders and representatives of the companies. Each workshop culminates in an open presentation.
Experience Design and Tangible Interactions are the Core Workshops for the Master in Interaction Design. In addition, students integrate their study plan choosing among Elective Workshops – Envisioning, Identity Design, Product Strategy– and the optional Free Choice Workshop.

Courses, through a combination of lectures, exercise and tutorials, provide students with the appropriate tools and experiences for the development of their professional career. They encompass both core topics – Design Culture, Digital and Physical Prototyping, Research & Design Methods and Tools, and topics related to the development of each individual working style – Business for Design and Personal Branding.

Structure

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Internship

The internship, a key step of the process in which students have the chance to test what they have learned in real working environment, can take two different paths:

– work experience in a company/design studio in a specific field of interest
– intensive project in collaboration with a company at the Domus Academy campus

In both cases students have a unique opportunity to develop their personal network of contacts and connection for their future career.

Companies

A network of professionals and leaders of different areas of interest are in constant and proficient interaction and collaboration with the Master in Interaction Design at Domus Academy, actively participating in educational programming, workshops and international competitions organized by the department.

The Master program has worked with:

Adobe, Canon, Cisco, Condé Nast, Fujitsu, Fundación Escultor Berrocal, Hager Group, Illywords, Iks Core Consulting, Mattel, Meet the Media Guru, Mit Mobile Experience Lab, Motorola, Nokia, Park Hyatt, RCS MediaGroup, Re-Power, Samsung, Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni.

Accreditation

Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognised around Europe and the world – an Academic Master Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)* – in addition to the Domus Academy Master Diploma.

Our accreditation gives you the opportunity to gain real-world work experience during your course of study through an internship at a prestigious design company. After graduation, you can extend your visa to work in Italy for up to one year.

An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team.

Our accreditation also means the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree.

Requirements to Qualify for the Academic Master Degree

General entry requirements include:

– At least 15 years of previous education
– Holding a first level academic degree (Bachelor degree or Academic Diploma*) in fields related to the selected study program
– Certificate of English Language (IELTS 5.0 Academic)

The evaluation of an application is based on the positive assessment of both the Course Leader and Admission Committee who will evaluate whether the degree and the technical skills corresponds to requirements, and will identify possible educational credits or debts.

Master programs are open also to students with different degree or diploma, if the applicant is motivated by a research interest towards the programs’ topics.

Participants not holding a first level Bachelor degree/academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but will receive a Domus Academy diploma (not recognized by MIUR, Italian Ministry of Education University Research) on successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor degree shall contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the degree was issued to ask for a “perfezionamento documenti” which includes:

– Certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
– Certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
– Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di valore in loco) which certifies that the qualification earned in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian Universities or Academies.

For a complete list of Italian authorities worldwide please see: http://www.esteri.it/MAE/EN/Ministero/LaReteDiplomatica/Ambasciate/default.htm?LANG=EN

The legalized and translated documents, as well as the “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” will be sent to Domus Academy by the Italian Consulate or Embassy, or they will be directly issued to the student. In the latter case, the student shall submit them to Domus Academy International Admissions Office as soon as available and anyway not later than the course beginning.

*The Academic Master Degree is validated through NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.

To find out more about our programs, accreditation, and admission requirements, complete this contact form. Our educational advisors will be happy to answer questions and help you choose the best program for your career goals.

 

Faculty

The Course Leader is Nima Gazestani

Nima Gazestani

Interaction Designer. After his graduation in 2004 at the University of Architecture of Genoa with a honor Degree in “Product & Graphic Design”, Nima Gazestani started to collaborate as a freelance on different projects, expanding his knowledge and experience in different fields of design, focusing his attention on the process – dynamic and adaptable – and on the manipulation of the environment to better serve our needs, transforming houses into homes, spaces into places and things into belongings.

In 2008 his interest in emerging technologies and software brought him to start the Master course program in “Digital Environment Design” at NABA, where he took part on the development of interactive installations and performances, exploring the boundaries between Art and Design.

In 2009 he started his educational career at NABA entering in contact and collaborating with a large network of designers, mentors and developers. During this time, in his informal studies, he specialized in real time 3D and compositing video, computer vision methods, Open-Source philosophy and development model, hardware and software programming with Arduino and Processing and other technical areas of interaction design and digital art.

He also worked as a freelance developing multi-touch displays and others interactive solutions in collaboration with different design studios and institutions.

Since 2012 he has been teaching and working in Domus Academy where he’s currently Course Leader of the Master in Interaction Design, collaborating on design projects and researches with different studios and companies such as (Cisco, Condé Nast, Elica, Fisher Price, Park Hyatt, Re-Power, WEGA).

Linkedin:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimagazestani

Claudio Moderini is the Faculty Advisor and Head of Institute.

The Program also relies on the collaboration of a network of visiting professors and contributors, including:

Alessandro Contini – Todo, Pier Bardoni – Things.is, Enrico Bassi – Opendot, Lorenzo Bustillos – Lorbus, Stefano Cardini, Alessandro Confalonieri – Intersezioni, Jozeph Forakis – Studio Forakis, Davide Gomba – Officine Arduino, Guido Guaschino – Enhancers, Paolo Lorini – Samsung, Emanuele Lomello, Riccardo Mantelli, Alessandro Masserdotti – DotDotDot, Claudio Moderini, Lorenzo Palmeri,  – Lorenzo Palmeri Studio, Ivan Pedri – Geneva Lab, Domenico Pisaturo – Awake.US, Fabio Sergio – Frog Design, Alan N. Shapiro, Pietro Tarsitano – Elita, Jan Christoph Zoels – Experientia. 

Job Opportunities

Who attends the Master develops skills and competencies necessary to cover different and strategic planning roles , such as: Interaction Designer, User Experience Designer, Creative Director, Digital Strategist, Design Manager.

The aim of the Master in Interaction Design is to train anyone who possess the practical and conceptual tools essential to develop strategies for the ICT world, which can combine project awareness and creativity to more specific skills. Therefore, employment opportunities can be numerous, including: research institutions, telecommunications companies, and architecture and design studios.

Admissions

There is a limited number of places for the course and participants will be selected on the basis of the documentation requested for admission.

We have a dedicated team of Educational Advisors who will be happy to help you with your application. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Check entry requirements

When considering candidates for admission, the Admissions Manager looks at the entire profile of the applicant, including academic records, work experience if any, extracurricular activities, test scores and recommendations.

The program is open to candidates with a background and/or professional experience in Product Design, Visual and Graphic Design, Media and Web Design, Architecture, Computer Science, Engineering, Communication Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Participants not holding a first level Bachelor Degree/Academic Diploma will not earn the educational credits, but will receive a Domus Academy diploma (not recognized by MIUR) on successfully completing the program.

Requirements to Qualify for the Academic Master Degree

General entry requirements include:

– At least 15 years of previous education
– Holding a first level academic degree in fields related to the  selected study program
– Certificate of English language (IELTS 5.0 Academic on entry)

The evaluation of an application is based on the positive assessment of both the Course Leader and Admission Committee who will evaluate whether the degree and the technical skills corresponds to requirements, and will identify possible educational credits or debts.

Master programs are open also to students with different degree or diploma, if the applicant is motivated by a research interest towards the programs’ topics.

Participants not holding a first level Bachelor degree/academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but will receive a Domus Academy diploma (not recognized by MIUR, Italian Ministry of Education University Research) on successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor degree shall contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the degree was issued to ask for a “perfezionamento documenti” which includes:

– Certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
– Certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
– Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di valore in loco) which certifies that the qualification earned in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian Universities or Academies.

For a complete list of Italian authorities worldwide please see: http://www.esteri.it/MAE/EN/Ministero/LaReteDiplomatica/Ambasciate/default.htm?LANG=EN

The legalized and translated documents, as well as the “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” will be sent to Domus Academy by the Italian Consulate or Embassy, or they will be directly issued to the student. In the latter case, the student shall submit them to Domus Academy International Admissions Office as soon as available and anyway not later than the course beginning.

The knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken, is a prerequisite for admission.
English language requirements: IELTS 5.0 Academic or recognized equivalent certificate to be submitted by the beginning of the program.

English Language Certificate Equivalencies

The English language requirement is IELTS 5.0 Academic or recognised equivalent certificate to be submitted by the beginning of the Master program. The certificate should not be older than 2 years.

Please find here below the main equivalents:

 Certificate Level
 Cambridge FCE  C
 PET  Pass
 TOEFL paper  494 – 510
 TOEFL  computer  173 – 180
 TOEFL internet  59 – 64
 PTE Academic  36 – 42
 TEEP  5.0
 BEC  Preliminary
 BULATS  40 – 59
TOEIC* 600

*(provided that student passes both parts “speaking and writing” and “listening and reading”)

The following cases are exempted from the language requirement:
– Mother tongue students
– English Speaking Countries (prior check with the admissions office)
– English Speaking Degrees (prior check with the admissions office)
– English Speaking Degree in non mother tongue countries (prior check with the admissions office)
– IB Diploma, considered having had full English Education for 3 years, and A LEVEL, considered having had full English Education for 2 years (prior check with the admissions office)

Prepare supporting documents

– Curriculum vitae/resume
– Artistic and professional portfolio of projects (not mandatory)
– Motivation letter
– Academic transcript of previous studies, translated into English, listing subjects and exams, with corresponding number of hours/credits and short description of each subject’s program
– Copy of Bachelor Degree/Academic diploma translated into English
– Documentation regarding further courses or seminars attended (if available)
– English language certificate
– Copy of passport
– Payment receipt of € 100 application fee

Submit your application


1. Download the Application Form and fill it out by hand or on your computer

2. Save it, print it, and sign it

3. Gather all documents listed in the Application form

4. Pay the application fee of 100 €

5. Make a copy of all documents (including copy of the bank transfer) for your own records

6. Send the originals by courier to:
Domus Academy International Admissions Office
Via C. Darwin, 20 20143, Milano Italy


1. Download the Application Form and fill it out on your computer

2. Save it, print it, sign it and scan it

3. Gather all documents listed in the Application form

4. Pay the application fee of 100 €

5. Scan all documents

6. Send the scanned documents and application form by email to:
admissions@domusacademy.it


1. Gather all documents listed above

2. Click here: Apply Online

3. Create your user

4. Wait for the email with login information (just a couple of second)

5. Start your online application

6. Submit all the required documents

7. Pay online the Application fee

Upon receipt of the required documents, the Admissions Office will proceed according to the necessary administrative steps. The evaluation commission is lead by each Course Leader and will evaluate whether the degree corresponds to requirements and will identify possible educational credits or debts upon assessing the candidate’s application.

In the affirmative, you will be provided with the Admission package.

Enrollment

If you are willing to receive the Academic Master Degree recognized by the Ministry of Italian Education (MIUR), you need to be enrolled in NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, that will award the Master program with the above title.

When admission will be confirmed, you will be required to secure your place by returning the Enrollment Form and the receipt of payment of the pre-enrollment fee within 30 days from the Admission Letter’s date.

Upon receiving the enrollment form filled in and signed and the pre-enrollment fee payment, Domus Academy will provide you with all necessary assistance in order to apply for the student visa.

After being formally enrolled, you are requested to pay the total fee by the starting date of the course.

Payment methods

1. Pay by Bank Trasfer

Account holder: NUOVA ACCADEMIA SRL, Via C. Darwin 20, 20143 Milano, Italy
Bank name and agency: Bank of America N.A., Via Manzoni, 5, 20121 Milano
International bank details: SWIFTCODE: BOFAIT2X – IBAN CODE: IT 62 I 03380 01600 000014294014
Reason for payment: Please clearly specify name of student/program chosen

Please notice that all bank, credit card and third party charges have to be covered by applicant and that tha application fee is not refundable for any reason.

2. Pay by credit card using our online application

Please note that you can use this payment method just for the application and pre-enrolment fee.

3. Pay by peerTransfer

Domus Academy has partnered with peerTransfer in order to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency.

By making your payment with peerTransfer you can
– Track your payments from start to finish
– Save on bank fees and exchange rates
– Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night

To get started, click or go to: domusacademy.peertrasfer.com to begin the payment process

Tuition Fee

For all programs starting next September 2015, the tuition fee will be as per the chart below.


EU Countries

Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia*
Cyprus
Czech Cepublic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland

The tuition fee for one-year academic master program is:

€ 16.990 (full fee, including enrolment and tuition) for students from the European Community and Switzerland to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3000 Pre-enrolment fee, within one month from the admission date
€13.990 Balance of the tuition fee, by September 9th, 2014

€ 25.490 (full fee, including enrolment and tuition) for international students to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3000 Pre-enrolment fee, within one month from the admission date
€ 22.490 Balance of the tuition fee, by September 9th, 2014

Matriculation fee

For each student € 520

The matriculation fee is to be paid by the course beginning by Student meeting the relevant entry requirementsand interested in applying for the Academic Master (60 ECTS ) awarded by NABA.

Application fee

In order to apply and be considered for admission to the Master Programs, candidates shall pay an application fee of €100.

The fee can be settled:

1. Online by Credit Card.
Please visit the website: http://application.domusacademy.com

Please notice that you can use this payment method just for the application and pre-enrolment fee.

2. By bank transfer
Account holder:
Domus Academy – Nuova Accademia s.r.l., Via C. Darwin 20, 20143 Milano, Italy
Bank name and agency:
Bank of America N.A. Via Manzoni, 5 20121 Milano SWIFTCODE: BOFAIT2X IBAN CODE: IT 62 I 03380 01600 000014294014
Reason for payment: Please clearly specify name of student/program chosen

3. Credit cards (VISA, Mastercard) payments directly at Domus Academy accounting office.

4. By peerTransfer

Domus Academy has partnered with peerTransfer in order to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency.

By making your payment with peerTransfer you can
– Track your payments from start to finish
– Save on bank fees and exchange rates
– Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night

To get started, click or go to: domusacademy.peertransfer.com to begin the payment process

Please notice that all bank, credit card and third party charges have to be covered by the applicant and that the application fee is not refundable for any reason.

Lectures

Domus Academy Metaphysical Club – Lecture by Joseph Grima

#1 – The Home as Ideology
Exploring the changing role of ‘home’ in the last decades, Joseph Grima goes back to 1968, when Biennale Interieur was founded: at the height of a golden age for domestic interiors, at that time the project of the house was conceived as a social transformative device, able to convey political and social messages.
#2 – The Home as Capital
When forty years after, in 2008, the world’s financial system collapsed, also the definition of home went into crisis: cultural, financial, environmental, technological transformations have moved the concept of domesticity from a cultural practice into a matter of financial property, that has been generating new forms of design and investments.
#3 – Domestic data as the new oil
As the space of the home has been saturated by “smart” devices capable of monitoring our lives, the home has become a new source of detailed data about who we are and what we do. At the same time, the increasing presence of technology has progressively produced new forms of domestic intimacy.
#4 – RAM House
Joseph Grima describes the RAM House, the domestic prototype that has been designed by Space Caviar and presented in occasion of Milan Design Week 2015. Questioning on the concept of privacy in the era of intelligent electric appliances and communications based on signal, the installation reproduces a space of selective electromagnetic autonomy