Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design


Program Description

Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design

Designing Advanced Artifacts, Environments and Services

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Interaction Design combines design thinking, prototyping techniques, digital fabrication, programming, and physical computing in one study program addressing the realization of projects in which the interaction between the design culture and the technological development allows to generate design-driven innovations.

The program places Interaction design at the center of an original curriculum where it serves as the key element in the design of Advanced Artifacts, Environments, and Services. The goal of the MAS is to train skilled professionals who play a key role in the most innovative industrial and design fields.

Methods and Approaches

The MAS educational model focuses on methods and processes to generate innovations. Students have the opportunity to acquire Human Centred Design methods for the analysis and the solution of design problems and to autonomously practice research methods.

A pragmatic problem-solving approach to design is applied in a laboratory environment. Peer to peer learning, iterative processes and the rapid prototyping of digital and physical solutions qualify the students to pursue careers in industry, research and design agencies, wherever technological innovation and design meet.

Topics and Contents

The MAS courses are held by well-recognized lecturers and in collaboration with an established network of organizations, research centers, design practices and companies.

Topics such as user experience design, service design, user interface design, open design, spatial design, and information visualization are taught through design-driven courses that allow students to develop digital ecosystems, IoT products, web and mobile applications, data visualization systems, interactive installations, and exhibitions.

Courses held by interaction designers, computational designer, and creative technologists allow the students to learn programming and physical computing, digital fabrication techniques, the use of web technologies and tools to deliver working prototypes.The MAS gives to students the basic knowledge required to set up a business plan and sustain a pitch to investors in the event that they want to launch a startup.

Educational model

Target students

The MAS is addressed to students with a creative talent combined with a strong interest in topics and activities concerning the technological, social, and cultural context within which the future will be designed.

Admission requirements

The requirement for the acceptance to the MAS program is a bachelor degree in an appropriate field such as visual communication, industrial design, interior design, architecture, communication sciences and computer sciences. Equivalent studies and professional experiences may be evaluated on a portfolio basis.

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Partial scholarships are available upon the evaluation of portfolios and CVs. Winners of the scholarships are entitled to a reduction in the tuition fees (15.000.– CHF), worth 3’000.– CHF each.


Students who complete the MAS program will find professional opportunities in Interaction design, communication design, industrial design and exhibition design. Following the graduation, students pursue careers at design agencies, industries and startups that offer innovative products and services where innovation is a key competitive advantage such as the sectors of media and web communication, ICT and e-commerce, consumer electronics, telecommunications, finance and the public sector.

Applications are open for the academic year 2020/2021

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation. Read less