This course and our BA (Hons) Design Products course bring product and interaction design closer together to create a dynamic discipline producing adaptable, creative thinkers with a high level of technical skill. This course will prepare you for a variety of careers in the areas of interactive design.
The course reflects the evolution of the design industry as it responds to rapid changes in technologies and innovations. Designers need to be equipped to work in the artificial context of bits, pixels, input devices, users’ conceptual models, user-centred design and the organisation of metaphors, through rapid prototyping, ubiquitous computing, nano-technologies, bio-technologies, and the evolving business models.
You will explore principles of design including research and brainstorming skills, communication and visualisation, graphic design, target markets, user centred design, human factors, design process, materials, computational media and creative technologies. Learning is largely project based; however it looks into the wider contexts such as the responsibilities of the designer and issues of sustainability.
You will be exposed to ‘live’ industry projects as a means of informing and enriching your experience. The course has established relationships with a wide range of national and international companies that have sponsored ‘live’ projects or supported student workplaces in the past, including: Motorola, Samsung, Habitat, Audi Designs of Substance, Hasbro, Nokia, and Adaptive Paths.
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You will be assessed through the completion of practical and written work including essays and a range of programmes, online and interactive content, pitches, presentations and project reports.The course helps you to develop and reflect on your practice and allows you to develop and improve and support to give you feedback to help you succeed.
As an interactions design graduate, you will have opportunities in both independent design consultancies and in-house design teams. You could be involved in a wide-range of interface, product design, manufacturing and experience design roles. Job titles may include design roles in packaging, interaction, service and multimedia.