The 2-year practice-oriented study course is providing students with a background in either design, architecture, informatics or engineering a contemporary transmedial interaction design framework.
In the age of digital networking, we regularly cross the border between physical space and digital space. In the future, these boundaries will increasingly dissolve and mutate. This development implies great changes in our perception and thus also in our interactions and in our behavior. Space becomes transmedial and changes into a medium that can be read, understood and also lived and experienced.
The master program «Transmedia Interaction and Space» pursues a practical, experimental and critical approach with the latest theoretical, technical and scientific developments. Program priorities include: «spatial interaction», «performative space», «transmedia storytelling», «socio-technological interaction».
The trans-disciplinary programme, therefore, will experiment with the reciprocal influences between communication, narration, interaction, technology, and society, explored through designing projects in digital and physical space. This programme brings together experience, diverse media, space, journalism and coding, providing students with a transdisciplinary education to make new sense of design ‘things’, to open debates, to raise awareness, to inform, and to lead reflections through the design of new digital and analogue experiences that critically approach societal issues.
At a Glance
- Degree class: LM-12
- ECTS credits: 120
- Duration of the course: 2 years
- Courses will be taught in English
- Places available: 26 EU + 4 non-EU
- Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
- Tuition fees: €1.345,50 per year
Structure of the Course
In the first semester, you will attend a series of 'foundation courses' and practice orientation seminars, during which you will familiarise yourself with a practical approach to interaction design, spacial design and the foundations of computer science for designers.
In the following two semesters, you'll be able to work in two projects in the field of trans-disciplinary interaction design dealing with spatial interactions, performative space, transmedia storytelling, socio-technological interaction, cross-media branding and interactive data visualization.
The projects of the second and third semester involve groups of 15 to a maximum of 30 students. Besides projects, lectures and seminars, theoretical courses in subjects like User Research, Critical Media Studies, Service Design, Lean Entrepreneurship, Globalisation, and Transcultural Practices will provide you with the necessary theoretical background required to sharpen your critical thinking.
In the fourth and last semester, you will focus on your thesis project and the written thesis. While working on your thesis, you will focus on a specific research topic. You will work independently albeit under the supervision of the thesis supervisors. Through the thesis work, you will be able to apply the knowledge and techniques you gained throughout the programme. The final product is a written thesis report stating the main results of your research. You will also be given the opportunity to present and discuss their results regularly during the thesis semester symposiums.
Facilities and Study Environment
Our spacious and bright ateliers are open spaces for creative development and collaboration. Here you will work in teams on your projects, in constant exchange with other students and the teachers.
Our superbly equipped workshops offer a wide range of technologies for your design work, such as workshops for wood, metal, plastic, materials, digital modelling, plaster and mold making, surface treatment, printing (screen, tampon and high pressure), paper and bookbinding, photography, video, tangible user interface & physical computing.
As a graduate of this programme, you will become an interaction designer, able to handle transdisciplinary projects in the digital and physical space, dealing confidently with graphics, media, objects, and space. You will be able to work both freelances as well as in public and private institutions and organizations such as multi-media companies, museums, design firms, architecture and spatial planning studios, companies specializing in the app and web design, media arts and experience design.
In particular, the programme addresses graduates, professionals, and practitioners coming from design, spatial architecture, computer science, engineering, architecture, and journalism backgrounds, but we will consider applicants from other backgrounds on merit.
In order to be admitted to the programme, you must possess proven language skills at the B2 level (Common European Framework of Reference) of the English language. If you don't have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our university.
Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 27 April 2018, noon
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 17 May - 18 July 2018, noon
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Early Bird: by 15 May 2018
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Last updated March 13, 2018