Design for Interactive Art & Experiences MFA

Explore new and emerging methods for prototyping experiences and products for design and visual arts outcomes and interventions.


The MFA Design for Interactive Art Experiences will afford you the opportunity to develop your individual practice and make an in-depth exploration of design and visual arts principles for the creation of interactive and responsive environments. You will work with traditional and digital fabrication methods and apply programming for digital media, software and hardware. You will learn the skills and attitude to rapidly adopt new technology, software and hardware and bend it to your will.

For the initial part of your studies, you will work with peers in the sibling programmes MA Design for Interactive Experience and MA Heritage and Exhibition Design. Your study in the first year will determine your practice-based work in the second year. The second year is self-directed study in tandem with subject supervisors, where you will develop a major project for public display and explore your own professional practice.

The MFA is recognised as an advanced masters level degree and students already holding an appropriate MA can apply to enter the programme directly into the second year of study.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)


2 years

Start date:


Course details

The MFA Interactive Art & Experiences programme works at the intersection of creativity and new and emerging technology, attracting applicants with backgrounds in both design and the visual arts, as well as computing and engineering.

Technologically driven creative interventions are deployed increasingly as objects or spaces, both as a form of critique on the challenges of modern life, and to enhance user experiences and the quality of life.  Your studies will focus on and around interaction between the physical and the digital.


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    How you’ll be taught

    This two year MFA offers students the opportunity to extend project work through an in depth, research-led creative enquiry. The first year of the programme is in tandem with the MA programmes and you will undertake six modules developing subject specific-skills and knowledge, external research, entrepreneurial collaboration, and practice-based research. 

    In the second year, you will extend your practice with two large modules: the self-directed Major Project with specialist supervisors, and Professional Practice with portfolio mentors. You will end the programme with a professional portfolio that enhances industry and employment opportunities or (with an emphasis on research) offers a robust gateway into PhD-level study.

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    All assessments are project based with a focus on your individual attainment.
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    Work placement

    You will have the opportunity to develop working linkages with practitioners in complementing fields of expertise that can be extended beyond your studies in professional spheres.

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    Studies are studio based with activities taught in specialist spaces.  You will develop prototypes and work with specialist technology and equipment.  Where specific software or equipment is required for modules, it is provided.  As this programme works at the cutting edge of digital technology, it is advantageous to have a good quality laptop.


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

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Design for Interactive Art & Experiences

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

Can I get admission into Design for Interactive Art & Experiences based on my working experience in this sector?

This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

English language

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.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2024/25 2025/26
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £5,410 £tba
Overseas and EU £12,850 £tba
You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


Graduates from this programme pathway can pursue careers in: 

  • interaction design
  • exhibition, museum and interpretation design
  • service design
  • installation art