Master of Arts in Interaction Design

  • Master of Arts in Interaction Design
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate section of the website
  • For full details, go to Admissions- Recognition of Prior learning
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Carlow
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Interaction Design (NFQ Level 9 - 60 credits)
  • Overview

  • Entry Requirements

  • Further Study & Careers

  • PAC Codes & Fees

  • How to apply

  • Contact


Interaction design focuses on shaping things for people’s use and behaviour and includes designing interactive digital products, environments, visual communication systems, and services. Interaction design utilises our growing understanding of design psychology and complex systems to design interactions that allowing the user to complete the desired tasks within real environments of operation. 

This programme designed for honours graduates or early career professionals in product and industrial design, multimedia and game design, visual communication design, architecture, engineering and other design related fields who have a specific interest in designing robust, usable and useful human to system interactions. 

This Masters programme has been developed by South East Technological University in consultation with industry and is delivered though a blended learning approach of condensed onsite delivery and self-directed learning supported by online resources within the structured environment of a taught programme.

The aim is to provide maximum flexibility for learners to balance their studies with their other work and life commitments. The programme is centred around the development and delivery of a major project which can be either theory based or rooted in the learners current working practices.

What subjects will I study?

  • Design Psychology & Framing User Experience
  • Principles of Interaction Design
  • Design Research Methods
  • Human Interaction Design
  • Prototyping Interactions
  • Communication Design (Online delivery)
  • Interaction Project Dissertation

Special Features

This Masters programme sits within the Department of Humanities at South East Technological University which facilitates the culture of interdisciplinary design lead research and learning. Through blended onsite and online delivery, the programme facilitates undertaking the programme as part of a work based continued professional development.

Entry Requirements

A Level 8 Honours Degree in Product or Industrial Design, Games Design, Visual Communication Design, or other related design disciplines such as Architecture or Engineering (minimum 2nd class Honours). Candidates with significant experience in the design services sector (as determined by the University’s recognition of prior learning policy), in addition to an Honours primary degree in another discipline area may also be considered for entry on a case-by-case basis through SETU Carlow’s RPL system. Applicants applying for entry via routes other than that listed above will be considered on a case-bycase basis through SETU Carlow’s RPL system.

Study & Career Opportunities

Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Interaction Design is an embedded exit award (Level 9 - 60 credits).

This programme will provide graduates with a unique opportunity to increase their value in the growing field of interaction design and human factors. Graduates may also adopt research and advisory roles in relation to new product development and development of the provision of creative services in practice.

Potential employment opportunities

  • Interaction Designer
  • User Experience Designer/Consultant/Engineer
  • HCI Designer
  • Mobile App Designer
  • Design Entrepreneur
  • Web Designer
  • Front End/Content Developer
  • Digital Media Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Communications Designer
  • Multi-disciplinary Design Studios
  • Strategic Design Thinkers
  • Design Thinking
  • Product Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Service Designer

Graduate Profile

Eva McSweeney

UX Architect - Lab49 and former Owner/Head Designer - Gold House Design, The White Studio & winning team member of Public Choice Award at IxDA Awards New York.

How has the MA in Interaction Design helped your career ?
The Master of Arts in Interaction Design helped me immensely in my career; it helped to focus me towards the exciting new field of User Experience Design and opened up many doors for me. Throughout the MA course we learned the value of human centric design alongside the key technology and problem solving skills needed in this area. Working on both collaborative and individual projects we gained a real understanding of how Design Houses run their projects.

Would you recommend this course?
The interaction design field is exploding right now with job opportunities appearing almost everywhere as it is the practice of designing for technology, interactive digital products, environments, systems and services. I have learned some very much sought after design skills through this Masters course.

Course Codes & Fees

Course Code Course Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
SE21A Master of Arts Interaction Design Carlow Full-time €5,500 Full details available from the Admissions department
SE21B Postgraduate Diploma in Interaction Design Carlow Full-time €4,800 (HCI)  
  HCI - Human Capital Initiative funding available        

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant course information including entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants should refer to the International section of the website.


Dr Brian Casey
BSc. PhD. MA. CEng. FIMechE
Programme Director

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
P: 00353-59-9175205