Interaction design is about creating a product, service, or space that people will interact with through an intuitive visual and haptic (tactile) interface. In the Master in Interaction Design program, you will learn to define problems and solutions in the field of interaction and user experience.
As you create enriched experiences through innovative technology, you will be encouraged to transform your original design visions into market opportunities.
Who Should Apply
The program is addressed to candidates who have a first-level degree and/or professional experience in design (product, visual, graphic, media, or web design) or in architecture, computer science, or engineering.
It is also open to candidates with experience in communication science, psychology, sociology, or equivalent, if they are motivated by interest in information design and have a strong portfolio.
All courses are taught in English, so a knowledge of the English language is essential. Click “Requirements” for details.
Interaction design is a rapidly growing discipline increasingly in demand across the private and public sectors. Graduates can find roles at established companies or launch a career as self-employed consultants and entrepreneurs.
Job titles include:
- Interaction designer
- User experience designer
- User interface designer
- Visual designer
- Digital strategist
- Design manager
Explore the Program
The Master in Interaction Design program is workshop-based, supported by seminars, lectures, tutorials, and fieldwork. Industry professionals, the program leader, and project leaders will guide you via individual coaching and mentorship.
The program consists of four customizable course/workshop modules, followed by a professional experience period and a final portfolio presentation.
Coursework focuses on prototyping for interactive products and services, using basic software and hardware; analyzing new aesthetic and behavioral trends in the marketplace; and branding your own work.
Guided by industry professionals and faculty project leaders, you will work with leading companies to develop projects within the domains of physical computing and haptic interfaces. You will learn to anticipate users’ needs, expectations, and desires; develop use scenarios; and create and validate solutions.
To gain real experience working in your field, you will choose from an internship at a company site, a work project on campus in collaboration with a company, or an entrepreneurship module. In each case, you will benefit from mentorship, an inside perspective on your field, and valuable career connections.
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.
Check out some projects that our students have completed with top brands.
Project in Collaboration with Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci”
Meet your faculty
Your Program Leader
After earning his Master’s in Architecture from the University of Florence, Michele Aquila became a partner of Interaction Design Lab Srl, where he led service and interaction design projects for clients in the public and private sectors. In 2011, Michele founded U10, a studio specializing in online publishing and new media. He then launched Tweetbook, an award-winning online service that publishes ebooks based on Twitter conversations.
Michele previously taught design courses at NABA and the Istituto Europeo di Design. He joined the faculty of Domus Academy in 2016 as the program leader of the Master in Interaction Design.
Other visiting professors and collaborators include interaction designers, user experience designers, and digital strategists such as:
Pier Bardoni (THINGS.is), Enrico Bassi (Opendot), Lorenzo Bustillos (Lorbus), Dario Buzzini (IDEO), Stefano Cardini, Andrea Cassi (Carlo Ratti Associati), Riccardo Castaldi, Silvio Cioni, Alessandro Contini (WeMake), Jozeph Forakis (Studio Forakis), Fabio Franchino (TODO), Nima Gazestani, Emanuele Lomello, Paolo Lorini, Riccardo Mantelli, Michele Marchetti (Display), Alessandro Masserdotti (dotdotdot), Kim Mingo, Alberto Nucciarelli, Andrea Pedrina (Havas), Danila Pellicani (McKinsey), Andrea Pinchi, Laura Polazzi, Orf Quarenghi, Remo Ricchetti, Gianni Romano (Postmediabooks), Ilaria Scarpellini, Pietro Tarsitano (Elita), Roberta Tassi, Jan-Christoph Zoels (Experientia).
Fees and Scholarships
Each one-year Academic Master’s program (60 ECTS) at Domus Academy involves the following costs, in addition to a € 520 diploma fee, which must be paid at least one week before the course start date. The Academic Master’s diploma is recognized by MIUR and awarded by NABA.
Matriculation Fee: € 520
See the Tuition Fees page for more information.
EU & Switzerland Students
Non - EU students
Meet and Work in VR
Taking advantage of the possibilities offered by Cisco Spark and VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and its hand controllers, the candidate is asked to define a specific area of investigation (e.g., education, engineering, healthcare, finance), define a related category of users, and submit the concept of a VR work experience that responds to their collaborative needs.
In collaboration with CISCO
Deadline: 05 Oct 2018
Number of scholarships: 5
Prizes: One scholarship covering 60%, one covering 50%, one covering 40%, and two honorable mentions covering 20% of the total tuition fee of the master’s program.
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