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Master in Interaction Design

Touching innovation

Overview

The master at a glance

DETAILS INFORMATION
Language English
Recognized Title Academic Master’s Degree

Imagine. Code. Click, swipe, pinch. Interaction design is about creating a product, service, or space that interacts with the body or the mind through innovative technology. It is about the intersection of digital elements and everyday life; the creation of more intuitive user interfaces; the adoption of digital technology for enriched service experiences; the transformation of design visions into market opportunities.

In the Master in Interaction Design program, you will gain the theoretical knowledge and professional skills you need to define problems and solutions in interaction and user design. You will analyze and experiment with software and hardware technology in order to develop confidence with the palette of tools and platforms that form the foundation for designing interactive solutions.

Domus Academy’s “learning by designing” approach is based on the tradition of Italian mentorship in design. You’ll work directly with companies to develop concepts, scenarios, and strategies based on the use of interactive and digital technology in everyday life.

Audience

The program is designed for candidates who have a first-level degree and/or professional experience in product design, visual and graphic design, media and Web design, architecture, computer science, engineering, communication science, psychology, or sociology.

Outcome

During this degree program, students will:
• Complete a self-driven conceptual research project according to professional standards.
• Create innovative concepts, solutions, and experiences in interaction design for diverse industries and sectors.
• Demonstrate a professional level of cooperation and deadline management within a multicultural team.

Program

The Master in Interaction Design program is structured as an exploration of research and design experiences that not only provides the tools for helping students to understand how things are done, but also assists them in deciphering the reasons why they are done. You will develop theoretical knowledge and professional skills for practicing interaction design within corporations and design consultancies; identify the features that characterize a specific user experience; envision future scenarios; and develop competence in selecting and applying methods, tools, and resources for running a design-driven project.

The program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the course leader, and project leaders guide students via individual coaching and project mentorship.

The program consists of four main modules, each of which includes a two-week course and six-week workshop. The modules are followed by a two-month internship period and a final portfolio presentation. The modular structure is customizable, allowing flexibility and variety to better serve each student’s needs and goals.

 

Structure

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Courses

Coursework focuses on:

  • Exploring the nature, languages, and values of the contemporary design scene
  • Analyzing new aesthetic and behavioral trends in the marketplace
  • Prototyping for interactive products and services, using basic software and hardware
  • Investigating methods and tools for research and design
  • Exploring the factors that determine the economic performance of a brand or company
  • Branding your own work

Workshops

Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work in cooperation with leading companies on practical projects relating to interaction design. Some possible workshop topics include the following:

  • Explore the design process from the point of view of people and their activities in everyday contexts. Learn to decipher people’s needs, expectations, and desires; develop use scenarios; and create and validate solutions.
  • Develop projects within the domains of physical computing and haptic interfaces (user interactions involving touch) within a spectrum from simple reactivity to full interactivity.
  • Use a mix of communication strategies and design tools in order to develop the global brand identity of a small to medium-sized company, a product line, and/or a startup.
  • Develop a proposal that combines design approaches in a new, innovative, and surprising way. Your project might involve an established brand, an emerging company, a company that wishes to reposition its business, or a new venture.

Portfolio

The final element of the program is the portfolio review. You will present your portfolio of work completed during the year in front of an exam board for evaluation.

Internship

There is no better way for you to gain experience in your field than actually working in it. The internship is a chance for you to work onsite for a company or design studio in your field of interest—while applying all the strategies you learned in the classroom and in workshops. Alternatively, you can complete an intensive project in collaboration with a company on the Domus Academy campus. Either way, you’ll get an inside perspective on how your industry really works, and you can make important connections that will further your career.

The internship lasts two months and comes at the end of your year of studies. 100% of our students participate in the internship, including non-EU students, who may extend their visas for up to one year to complete this portion of their studies.

 

Companies

Several prestigious companies and design studios collaborate with the Master in Interaction Design program, actively participating in courses, workshops, internships, and international competitions organized by the department. Students have the opportunity to work directly with companies like these in their workshop projects and internships. This direct collaboration facilitates mentorship and gives students access to a wide network of professional connections. Companies and organizations involved in this program include:

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 recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)*. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma.

Our accreditation has helped Domus Academy build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that 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 that 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 for Beginning the Academic Master’s Degree Program

– At least 15 years of previous education
– A first-level academic degree (bachelor’s degree or academic diploma*) in a field related to your selected study program
– Certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or recognized equivalent)

The course leader and the Admissions Committee evaluate each application to determine whether the applicant’s degree and technical skills correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

Master’s programs are open to students with a degree or diploma in an unrelated field if the applicant has completed or will complete additional research in the subject area.

Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree or academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but they will receive a Domus Academy Master’s Diploma (not recognized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) upon successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor’s degree must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued and ask for a perfezionamento documenti, which includes:

– A certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
– A certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
– A 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, click here.

The notarized 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 will submit them to Domus Academy’s International Admissions Office as soon as they are available and not later than the start of the course.

*The Academic Master’s 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 of the Master in Interaction Design is Nima Gazestani.

Nima Gazestani

After graduating with honors in 2004 from the University of Genoa with a degree in Product & Graphic Design, Nima Gazestani began a career as a freelance designer. He focused on process and on how we can manipulate our 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 enroll in the Master of Arts in Digital Environment Design program at NABA, where he helped to develop interactive installations and performances that explored the boundaries between art and design.

In 2009 he began teaching at NABA, collaborating with a vast network of designers, mentors, and developers. He taught real-time 3D video and compositing, computer vision methods, open source development models, hardware and software programming with Arduino and Processing, and other areas of interaction design and digital art.

Gazestani has also worked as a freelance designer, developing multi-touch displays and other interactive solutions in collaboration with various design studios and institutions.

Since 2012, he has been teaching at Domus Academy. As Course Leader of the Master in Interaction Design program, he collaborates on design projects and research initiatives with studios and companies, including Cisco, Condé Nast, Elica, Fisher-Price, Park Hyatt, Re-Power, and WEGA.

See his LinkedIn profile.

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

Claudio Moderini is the Faculty Advisor and Head of Institute.

Other visiting professors and collaborators in this program include:

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), Alan N. Shapiro, Pietro Tarsitano (Elita), Jan-Christoph Zoels (Experientia).

 

Career Opportunities

Students of the Master in Interaction Design will develop the skills and competencies they need to launch a career in interaction design. Possible job titles include interaction designer, user experience (UX) designer, creative director, digital strategist, and design manager. Graduates may seek employment at established companies—such as research institutions, telecommunications companies, or architecture/design studios—or start their own consulting business.

Admissions

Spaces in this program are limited. Participants will be selected based on their applications.

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

Check entry requirements

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

Requirements for Beginning the Academic Master’s Degree Program

– At least 15 years of previous education
– A first-level academic degree (bachelor’s degree or academic diploma*) in a field related to the selected study program
– Certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or recognized equivalent)

The course leader and the Admissions Committee evaluate each application to determine whether the applicant’s degree and technical skills correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

Master’s programs are open to students with a degree or diploma in an unrelated field if the applicant has completed or will complete additional research in the subject area.

Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree or academic diploma will not earn the educational credits, but they will receive a Domus Academy Master’s Diploma (not recognized by MIUR, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) upon successfully completing the program.

*Students holding a non-Italian bachelor’s degree must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued and ask for a perfezionamento documenti, which includes:

– A certified Italian translation of the student’s bachelor degree
– A certified Italian translation of the student’s academic transcripts
– A 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, click here.

 

The notarized 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 will submit them to Domus Academy’s International Admissions Office as soon as they are available and not later than the start of the course.

IELTS and Equivalent Certificates

Proficiency with the English language, both written and spoken, is a prerequisite for admission.

Our English language requirement is an IELTS Academic score of 5.0 or higher, or a recognized equivalent certificate, to be submitted by the beginning of the master’s program. The certificate should not be more than two years old.

Please find here below the main equivalents:

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

*Provided that the student passes both parts: Speaking and Writing and Listening and Reading

Applicants who meet the following criteria are exempt from the language requirement:

– Students whose mother tongue is English
– Students from English-speaking countries (check with the Admissions Office)
– Students who have earned degrees taught in the English language (check with the Admissions Office)
– Students who have earned degrees taught in the English language in non–mother tongue countries (check with the Admissions Office)
– Students who have earned an IB Diploma in English, considered equivalent to three years of education in English, and students who have taken the Cambridge International A Level English Language exam, considered equivalent to two years of education in English (check with the Admissions Office)

Prepare Supporting Documents

– Curriculum vitae/résumé
– Artistic and/or professional portfolio of projects (not mandatory)
– Letter of motivation
– An English translation of the academic transcript, listing courses and exams, noting the number of hours per credit and giving a brief description of each course
– Copy of bachelor’s degree/academic diploma translated into English
– Documentation regarding further courses or seminars attended (if available)
– Certificate of English language proficiency
– Copy of passport
– Receipt for payment of the €100 application fee

Submit Your Application


1. Download the application form and either:
a. Print it, fill it out by hand, and sign it.
b. Fill it out on your computer, save it, print it, and sign it.
2. Gather all documents listed in the application form.
3. Pay the application fee of €100.
4. Make a copy of all documents (including the record of the bank transfer) for your own records.
5. Send the originals by post or 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 the application form and all other documents
6. Attach the application form and other documents to an email that you send to:
admissions@domusacademy.it


1. Gather all documents listed in the application form
2. Click Apply Online
3. Create your username
4. Check your email for a message with login information
5. Start your online application
6. Submit all the required documents
7. Pay the application fee online

Upon receiving your application and required documents, each course leader and the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application to determine whether your degree and experience correspond to Domus Academy requirements. They also identify credit deficits and/or credits that could be transferred.

If you are accepted to Domus Academy, you will receive an admissions letter and package.

Enrollment

Our sister school, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano), which shares our campus, awards the Academic Master’s Degrees. In order to receive this degree, the qualification recognized by the Ministry of Italian Education (MIUR), you must enroll at NABA.

When your admission to Domus Academy is confirmed, you must secure your place by filling out and returning your enrollment form, along with your receipt for payment of the pre-enrollment fee, within 30 days of the date on your admission letter.

Upon receiving these items, Domus Academy will provide non-EU applicants with all necessary assistance in order to apply for the student visa.

After you are formally enrolled, you are requested to pay the total tuition 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: SWIFT code: BOFAIT2X. IBAN code: IT 62 I 03380 01600 000014294014.
Reason for payment: Important: Clearly specify the name of the student and the master’s program chosen.

2. Pay by credit card using our online application.

Note that you can use this method only to pay the application fee and pre-enrollment fee—not to pay the tuition fee.

3. Pay by peerTransfer.

Domus Academy partners with peerTransfer to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, typically in your home currency. If you choose to make 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, go to: domusacademy.peertrasfer.com to begin the payment process.

Please note that all bank, credit card, and third-party transfer fees must be covered by the applicant. Also note that the application fee is not refundable for any reason.  

Tuition Fee

For all programs starting in September 2015, see the chart below.


EU Countries
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
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:

For students from EU countries and Switzerland, €16.990 (full fee, including pre-enrollment and tuition), to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3000 Pre-enrolment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€13.990 Balance of the tuition fee, by the first day of the course

For non-EU students, €25.490 (full fee, including pre-enrollment and tuition), to be paid as follows:

PAYMENT DESCRIPTION
€ 3000 Pre-enrolment fee, within one month from the admission letter
€ 22.490 Balance of the tuition fee, by the first day of the course

Matriculation fee

For each student € 520

Students who meet the relevant entry requirements and are interested in pursuing the Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS), which is recognized by MIUR and awarded by NABA, must pay the matriculation fee by the first day of the course.

You can pay the fees:

1. Online by Credit cards

Visit http://application.domusacademy.com

Note that you can use this method only to pay the application fee and pre-enrollment fee—not to pay the tuition fee.

2. By bank transfer

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: SWIFT code: BOFAIT2X. IBAN code: IT 62 I 03380 01600 000014294014
Reason for payment: Important: Clearly specify the name of the student and the master’s program chosen

3. In person by credit card.

You can make payments by Visa and MasterCard directly at the Domus Academy Accounting Office.

4. By peerTransfer.

Domus Academy partners with peerTransfer to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, typically in your home currency. If you choose to make 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, go to domusacademy.peertransfer.com to begin the payment process.

Please note that all bank, credit card, and third-party transfer fees must be covered by the applicant. Also note that the application fee is not refundable for any reason.  

Lectures

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