This course 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 students 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 students 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 students for progression to further design research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self'directed experimental practice. The course 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.
Modules include: Theories and technologies of interaction design; research practice and human centered design; interaction futures and speculative design; physical computing and design prototyping; final major research project; thesis.
Course Additional Entry
An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional/ academic qualification, or relevant professional experience. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum of 5.5 in each category.
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