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What will I learn?

Programme aim

Interaction design is the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems and services. It focuses on behaviour – how users act and how products respond to user behaviour.

As such, it is a necessary discipline in any design project aiming to create something complex and computer-augmented that is to be used by humans: computer software, games, interactive products such as smartphones or MP3-players, “intelligent” homes, cars, clothes and so on.

Given the increased focus on interaction design in general, and on social media,

entertainment and new physical products, in particular, the programme aims to provide interaction designers with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the ever-shifting demands of this emerging job market segment.

The programme allows the following specialisations

  • Interaction designer focused on user interface design and information visualisation
  • Interaction designer focused on tangible interaction
  • Interaction designer focused on entertainment, games and social media
  • Game developer with some experience of gameplay design and interaction design

Why apply

It is no longer enough to build a system, product or application that is only functional or efficient; there is an increasing demand for products that are not only efficient but also have other values, such as being pleasurable to handle and use or even fun or intriguing. As a result of the new demands, there is a whole new set of interaction design-oriented jobs on the market.

Interaction designers can now be found in any software company, as well as in the game industry, or in companies that combine hardware and software, e.g. mobile phone producers like Apple or Sony Ericsson. Other key areas include web design and web marketing, information visualisation and design of physical interactive products like toys, GPS etc.

Who should apply

The programme is intended for anyone with a keen interest in the interaction between humans and digital artefacts. This means that the programme attracts students from different educational backgrounds – from psychology and cognitive science to computer science and information technology, including those with different design backgrounds.

Which department am I in?

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
SEK140,000.00 (10,88,647) per year
EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

Lindholmen Campus

Hörselgången 4,

GOTHENBURG,

SE-412 96, Sweden

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To fulfill the general entry requirement for the second cycle (master’s level), the prospective student must either hold a degree of Bachelor or Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering (minimum 3 years/ 180 hp) in Science, Engineering, Technology or Architecture from an internationally recognized university, according to the official guidelines by the Swedish Council for Higher Education published at universityadmissions.se. Programme-specific requirements include a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) with a major in (one or several alternatives will be listed) and prerequisites (one or several courses selected as necessary for the specific programme) and for three particular programmes a portfolio is required. English language requirement: IELTS (academic training): 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5); TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 22 on the written part); TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part); Pearson PTE Academic - Score of 62 (writing 61).

For international students

Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Textile Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Cognitive Science or Computational Linguistics.

Prerequisites: Programming (at least 7.5 credits) and Human-computer interaction (at least 7.5 credits).

Accepted tests and minimum results required: IELTS Academic: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5; TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, total score of 575, TOEFL Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90; Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61); C1 Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English), or Cambridge ESOL Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International, Level C1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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