The Interaction Design specialism is directed at students with a passion for people and technology, who have curiosity about the future and want to shape how information is accessed and used, how environments might change based on need, or how embedded information in products support use. Those with a Bachelor’s degree in design (visual communication, product, digital media, or environmental design), communication, information technology, or even psychology may find interaction design to be the next step in their professional development.
This specialism seeks to enhance human ability and life through the design of innovative, interactive and experiential ideas, based on a synthesis of human thought patterns and habits with technical means. A combination of theory, planning strategies, research, and technical skills provide the foundation for workshops that explore emerging aspects of interaction design, based on human needs and pleasures as well as technological development.
This specialism seeks to join theory and action by:
- putting people first in the people/technology equation — explore human-centredness
- understanding active communication processes on which interactivity is built
- learning methods for analysis and construction of interaction design
- working across communication technology, product interface, and service systems
- focusing on one of the above as an alternative focus
- developing a holistic approach to human-centred interaction that includes problem or opportunity identification, research, prototyping and execution
The specialism is structured by a combination of intensively taught short courses that directly support a workshop investigation. Workshops take various forms from individual to team work, from self-initiated projects to externally sponsored projects. A range of electives are available to tailor the experience to individual interests. Some classes meet during weekends and evenings. The expectation is that the student is fully committed to the program and works in the studio environment. The programme concludes with a demonstration project that unites: research, creative exploration, user understanding, and prototype testing toward a solution. Graduation requires the successful completion of 36 credits.
PolyU Design, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2014, is ranked as the top Design School in Asia and one of the top 30 in the world by BusinessWeek and Business Insider respectively.
International Student Requirements:
People’s Republic of China and foreign nationals may join the full-time programme provided either they apply for and
receive a Student VISA; or they may join the part-time programme if they are holding a valid work permit or dependent VISA
from the Hong Kong Administrative Region Immigration Department. The School of Design will provide assistance in this regard.