M.Sc. Interaction Design and Technologies

Chalmers University of Technology

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Description

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 smart phones 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

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.

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.

Research connections

The programme is offered by the Division of Interaction design at the Department of Applied IT. The research group specialises in areas such as tangible and pervasive interaction, game design, innovative graphical user interfaces, health care informatics and the use of IT in vehicles. We have close collaboration with for instance Volvo and the Interactive institute.

Contents

First Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Compulsory courses

  • Prototyping in interaction design, Examination 3,5
  • Prototyping in interaction design, Laboratory 4,0
  • Interaction design methodology, Examination 4,0
  • Interaction design methodology, Project 3,5

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Compulsory courses

  • Graphical interfaces, Project 3,5
  • Graphical interfaces, Laboratory 2,0
  • Graphical interfaces, Examination 2,0

Elective courses

  • Tangible interaction, Written and oral assignments 3,5
  • Tangible interaction, Project 4,0
  • Computer graphics, Examination 7,5
  • Computer graphics, Laboratory 0,0

SPRING TERM Study period 3 Elective courses

  • Information visualization, Examination 3,5
  • Information visualization, Written and oral assignments 1,5
  • Information visualization, Project 2,5
  • Tabletop interaction, Project 7,5
  • Aesthetics of interaction, Project 4,0
  • Aesthetics of interaction, Written and oral assignments 1,5
  • Aesthetics of interaction, Laboratory 2,0
  • Advanced computer graphics, Project 3,0
  • Advanced computer graphics, Project 0,8
  • Simulation engines, Project 7,5

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Interaction design of social media, Written and oral assignments 1,5
  • Interaction design of social media, Examination 4,0
  • Interaction design of social media, Project 2,0
  • Advanced computer graphics, Project 3,0
  • Advanced computer graphics, Project 0,7
  • Methods of interaction analysis, Project 7,5
  • Gameplay design, Project 7,5
  • Artificial intelligence, Examination 7,5

Second Year

AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

Compulsory courses

  • Interaction design project 1, Project 7,5

Elective courses

  • Requirements engineering, Written and oral assignments 3,5
  • Requirements engineering, Examination 4,0
  • Human-centred design, Project 7,5

AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

Elective courses

  • Mobile computing - Design and implementation, Examination 3,5
  • Mobile computing - Design and implementation, Project 4,0
  • Interaction, games and learning, Examination 4,5
  • Interaction, games and learning, Examples class 3,0
  • Interaction design project 2, Project 7,5
  • Software product line engineering, Examination 4,5
  • Software product line engineering, Project 3,0
  • Empirical software engineering, Examination 7,5
  • Databases, Examination 4,5
  • Databases, Laboratory 3,0
  • Computer graphics, Examination 7,5
  • Computer graphics, Laboratory 0,0

SPRING TERM Study period 3

Elective courses

  • Aesthetics of interaction, Project 4,0
  • Aesthetics of interaction, Written and oral assignments 1,5
  • Aesthetics of interaction, Laboratory 2,0
  • Advanced computer graphics, Project 3,0
  • Advanced computer graphics, Project 0,8
  • Advanced software architecture, Examination 5,0
  • Advanced software architecture, Project 2,5
  • Model-driven engineering, Examination 3,0
  • Model-driven engineering, Project 4,5
  • Computer security, Examination 6,0
  • Computer security, Laboratory 1,5
  • Simulation engines, Project 7,5

SPRING TERM Study period 4

Elective courses

  • Advanced computer graphics, Project 3,0
  • Advanced computer graphics, Project 0,7
  • Model-based testing, Examination 7,5
  • Agile development processes, Projec 4,5
  • Agile development processes, Examination 3,0

Diploma thesis

  • Master's thesis in Applied information technology, Diploma thesis 30.0
  • Master's thesis in Applied information technology, part A, Diploma thesis 30.0
  • Master's thesis in Applied information technology, part B, Diploma thesis 30.0
  • Master's thesis in Computer science and engineering, Diploma thesis 30.0
  • Master's thesis in Computer science and engineering, part A, Diploma thesis 30.0
  • Master's thesis in Computer science and engineering, part B, Diploma thesis 30.0

Requirements

To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.

Specific entry requirements

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 and Human-computer interaction.

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)

The application period for the academic year 2014/15 opens 1 December 2013.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: 60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Scholarships administered by Chalmers University of Technology for Master's Studies in 2013

  • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The iPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are allocated and awarded by Chalmers University of Technology. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The Chalmers Mastercard Scholarship for a Master's Student from Central America, South America or Mexico is a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).
  • The FlexLink Scholarship for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.
  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships for Master's Students from China and the US are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master thesis project.
  • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.
  • The Volvo Cars’ scholarships are a 100% tuition fee waiver awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Cars Corporation.
  • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a fund scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student of US citizenship.
  • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers, as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

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