Taught course

MA Interaction Design Communication

Institution
University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Design
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

MA Interaction Design Communication has a particular aim to appeal to communication designers who are interested in exploring these new and emerging areas of design practice. The course seeks students who have a critical understand of how technologies and digital culture are affecting design practices, and who are keen to work with network digital systems, and in areas of design research and practice that challenge preconceptions. Although not an entry requirement, you should be comfortable with some basic coding (some i.e. HTML CSS) in order to communicate ideas with colleagues, although strong creative experience in this area is an advantage. We will introduce you to various coding languages and design prototyping platforms during the course, but expect that individuals will develop their skills base within specific project work. Recruitment and admissions Applicants are expected to have an honours degree, preferably in a related subject. However, we do not exclude candidates who have graduated from other less strongly aligned disciplines. Additionally, we welcome applications from non-traditional backgrounds and in particular mature students. We can also assess prior experience as part of our selection criteria. If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the AP(E)L system. Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience for currency, validity, quality and sufficiency. Language requirements (International/EU) All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability at enrolment. IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each category. You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page. Portfolio advice Applicants should submit an electronic portfolio via web link (or CD/USB) with their application. The portfolio can be supplied as a PDF with links to a minimum of five web projects and media assets, and should show examples of each of the following: Design/media work, either time-based or interactive Visual work that has been made in response to a design brief from either education or professional practice. Self-initiated projects are also encouraged Personal statement (500 - 800 words) In the application form you will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on the MA Interaction Design Communication. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate: Critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for interaction design A well-articulated rationale for applying for the course

Months of entry

September

Course content

MA Interaction Design Communication provides an opportunity for experimental practice in an area of design that increasingly explores the intersection of the physical and digital domains. With a focus on synthesising thought through rigorous design prototyping (making), digital processes and user perspectives, the course is highly reflective of interdisciplinary practice within the contemporary design, media and communications industries.

The course's integrated approach to critical thinking provides you with the opportunity to work with critical ideas in an applied design context – for example psycho-geographic practice as empirical research or engaging with other critical theories of space to generate user perspectives. This ensures that ideation processes take on both the macro as well as micro opportunities for innovation and speculation crucial to building a portfolio of highly engaged work.

As well as placing you in a position to work across the broad spectrum of interaction, design and communication, the course is just as interested in design questions as design answers. This means that the course also prepares you for progression to further design research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self-directed experimental practice.

LCC has an outstanding team of practitioners and published researchers and enjoys a rich programme of visiting speakers. The course also benefits from a cross-European collaboration with design industry professionals and higher education institutions and there is an opportunity to visit at least one other centre in Europe during the course.

This course is taught within the School of Design

Information for international students

Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 8138

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
info@lcc.arts.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7514 6400