MA / MDes Interaction Design

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Develop your technical knowledge, shape your ideas and concepts and gain a blend of creative and programming skills highly sought after in industry.

  • Napier code:

    54764MM

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    1 year (3 trimesters)

  • Award:

    MA / MDes

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

This course will equip you with creative prototyping and programming skills for design. You’ll use software and hardware to respond to a range of design briefs dealing with human interaction in spaces and through objects and interfaces.

You’ll learn combined technical and creative skills and have the opportunity to shape your own ideas, concepts and theories through a self-directed major project, informed by design research and critical enquiry.

This course has a strong studio culture and is taught in a multidisciplinary space within a suite of post-graduate design courses where you’ll gain skills and knowledge highly sought after in industry.


interaction design

In specialist prototyping modules you’ll develop specific skills and knowledge in Arduino and other forms of prototyping, which will inform and enable highly developed 3D outcomes in your self-directed major project. Working with specialist tutors, the major project allows you to model and develop design outcomes for human interactions.

Collaboration with practitioners from other areas is encouraged. You have the option of taking an MA or MDes award, depending on whether you complete a dissertation or design project report in your final trimester.

We have a strong studio culture supported by our multidisciplinary staff team of academics and industry based practitioners. You’ll develop creative, professional, strategic and contextual knowledge and skills and apply design thinking to a range of creative outcomes.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters.

Subjects include

  • Design Research Methods
  • Sketching in Hardware & Software
  • 3D Prototyping or Exhibition Design
  • Major Design Project
  • Light Art & Projection or Digital Creative
  • For MDes Degree - Design Project Report
  • For MA Degree - Design Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

You’ll gain a rare blend of creative and programming skills which are highly sought after in industry. With a physical and digital portfolio demonstrating industry-ready skills, graduates can apply for design jobs, freelance work or establish entrepreneurial ventures.

You may also continue to study to MPhil or PhD level.


The entry requirements for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree in an appropriate art & design discipline, computing or product design engineering; or evidence of industry experience in an appropriate discipline.

All candidates are interviewed with a portfolio of creative work or technical projects. Applicants from overseas can be interviewed by teleconference with an online portfolio.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU £3,750 £3,750
Overseas £12,620 £12,620

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