About the programme

What is interaction design?

Interaction Design (IxD) is a theme that has emerged to address the ongoing advancements in technology and the way it relates to people. Designers are constantly facing challenges that can be answered by developing products, services, and systems that have deeper connections and more dynamic relationships with humans. The behavioral qualities of products, services and environments have became more and more important in today’s world, and Interaction Design is playing a key role in addressing this shift. We keep a broad view on Interaction Design and cover more areas than what is related to digital technology.

How do we teach Design?

We learn design by doing! Our program is project-based and we will work on real projects together with our industry partners. In our projects, we involve the design community, industry professionals and general public. We will go out, do research, and develop concepts to design products, experiences, services, and environments.

Program structure:

Semester 1:

Introduction to People-Centred Design

Visual Interaction Design

Digital Product Design

Design Storytelling

Semester 2:

Emotional Design

Tangible Design

Business Design

Service Design

Semester 3:

Information Visualisation

Design for Social Innovation

Design for emerging themes

Semester 4:

Degree project

Click here for a PDF about the IxD curriculum.

The program is taught by a team of experienced mentors:

Kristjan Mändmaa is the Head of the Interaction Design MA programme. He has studied graphic design in Estonia and the Netherlands and has extensive experience creating and running innovative educational projects. For questions about IxD, contact him at IxD@artun.ee or +372 52 51 954.

Amid Moradganjeh is the Lead Associate Professor of Interaction Design Program. Previously a designer at IDEO, Google and Microsoft, Amid is primarily passionate about developing human-oriented approaches to advance design innovation. Amid has completed MA in Interaction Design program from Umea Institute of Design in Sweden.

Tanel Kärp‘s special interest lies in non-profit and community-oriented projects studied graphic design at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and an MA (with honours) in Design and Development of Virtual Environments from the University of Tartu in Estonia. Tanel is one of the creators of Hooandja (an Estonian crowdfunding platform) and the Let’s Do It global garbage cleanup project.


What skills will I acquire?

You can shape the future. You will graduate with a portfolio, training and craftsmanship that industry is seeking. You will be an interaction designer focused on developing the next generation of products and services. You will be a User Experience Designer helping companies build meaningful products. You will join a startup team or an established company to help design the next big thing or to make the exciting experiences better. You may work as:

What jobs will be available after I graduate?

● Interaction designer

● Interface designer

● User experience designer

● Service designer

● Design manager

● Design team leader

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About the programme
About the programme