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
  • 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 is the synthesis and imagining of things as they might be, rather than focusing on how things actually are, with a focus on satisfying the needs and desires of the end user. This programme is specifically designed for honours graduates in product and industrial design, multimedia and game design, visual communication design, architecture, engineering and other design related fields. This Masters programme has been developed by Institute of Technology Carlow in consultation with industry and is delivered though the combination of self-directed learning and graduate research within the structured environment of a taught programme.

The aim is to nurture and support a unique interdisciplinary approach to research and learning in this area. The programme is centred around the development and delivery of a major project which can be either practice or theory based.

What will I be able to do when I finish the course? 

This programme will provide graduates with a unique opportunity to gain a competitive edge prior to embarking on a career in design or related fields. Graduates may also adopt research and advisory roles in relation to new product development and development of the provision of creative services in practice. 

What subjects will I study?

  • Framing User Experience
  • Principles of Interaction Design
  • Prototyping Interactions
  • Design Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Design
  • Communication Design
  • Design Research Methods
  • Design Project Dissertation

NOTE: Specific modules may be subject to amendment after our 2021 programmatic review.

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 Institute’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 IT Carlow’s RPL system. Applicants applying for entry via routes other than that listed above will be considered on a case-bycase basis through IT 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).

Potential employment opportunities

  • Interaction Designer
  • User Experience Designer/Consultant/Engineer
  • User Interface Designer
  • Mobile App Designer/Developer
  • 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 2017

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
CWB12 Master of Arts Interaction Design Carlow Full-time €5,500 Full details available from the Admissions department
CWB13 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Interaction Design Carlow Full-time €4,800  

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 IT 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. Eileen Doyle-Walsh
BA, MLitt, PhD
Head of Department – Humanities

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