Bachelor of Science in Interaction Design
Interaction Design could be for you if you want to combine both your creative and technical sides. It will provide you with the skills to think critically about technology and to understand how design impacts people.
Why Study Interaction Design at UL?
The future of design is digital. Whether it’s a watch that tracks every step you take or sensors embedded in our clothing: every part of our lives is shaped by technology. The degree in Interaction Design provides you with the skills and knowledge to think creatively about how we interact with the technologies that surround us and to develop designs that are people-centred in innovative ways.
The field of Interaction and User Experience Design is constantly evolving. The degree in Interaction Design will provide you with the skills to design engaging interactive experiences for users building on new technologies. You will work with real-world design cases and gain insight into the industry from our design partners, as well as cultural and civic organisations.
Working as an Interaction Designer means continuously evolving with the needs of users and developments in emerging technologies - this requires critical and creative thinking.
We help you develop essential skills to identify and respond to people’s needs, using a number of people-centred design methods. We help our students to understand what people want and how to design suitable interfaces and interactions working with technologies. We encourage creativity and reflective design by teaching research skills and supporting students in active research projects. We develop designers who can explore existing and emerging technologies in a meaningful way. Our students have access to cutting-edge hardware, software and the support of expert lecturers and technicians, for multiple purposes, including:
- Prototyping apps on mobile platforms (e.g. Android)
- Producing screen-based content with creative software (e.g. Adobe, Processing, Figma, Sketch, Final Cut Pro)
- Building interactive objects with physical computing (e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi)
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What you will study
The BSc in Interaction Design is a unique course that provides its students with a combination of essential skills for thinking, understanding and designing FOR people WITH technology. Graduates emerge with the critical and creative expertise to design meaningful interactions for people. The course includes an industry placement and focuses on how to design through an iterative practice of experimentation and reflection
- User-Centred Design
- Participatory Design
- Product Design
- Mobile App Design
- Physical Computing
- Sociology of People and Media
- Prototyping and User Research
By the end of this course you will have skills and insight to design meaningful experiences and interactions with technologies, tools that centre around people.
|Year 1 - Semester 1
|Year 1 - Semester 2
|Introduction to Digital Media
|Perceptual Systems and Multimedia
|Media Programming 1
|Foundations of Interaction Design
|Introduction to Web Development
|Technological Mathematics 1
|Technological Mathematics 2
|Sociology of Media
|Year 2 - Semester 3
|Year 2 - Semester 4
|Digital Audio Fundamentals
|Digital Video Fundamentals
|Mobile Application Design
|Digital Modelling and Animation
|Design for Professional Practice
|Human Computer Interaction
|Introduction to Social Research Methods
|Year 3 - Semester 5
|Year 3 Semester 6
|Applied Interaction Design
|Computer Supported Cooperative Work
|3D Modelling and Fabrication
|Project Management and Practive
|Year 4 - Semester 7
|Year 4 - Semester 8
|Multimedia Industry Perspectives
|UX in Practice
|Virtual and Augmented Reality Design
|Digital Media Design Project 2
|Digital Media Design Project 1
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade O3/H7 in Mathematics.
A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.
We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
|Non-EU Entry Requirements
How to apply
|Where are you applying from?
|How to Apply
|Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO.
|Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
|EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
|If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.
Fees and funding
A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.
An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.
EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant
EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant
Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant
Student course fees are comprised of the following components:
Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The current student contribution is set at €3000.
All students are liable to pay the Student Levy of €100. Please note the Student Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.
These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.
Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows
- You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
- You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
(all must be met)
- You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
- You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
- You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)
Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -
- Free Fee Status: You satisfy all three categories (1, 2 and 3) and therefore are eligible for the Higher Education Authority’s Free Fees scheme.
- EU Fee Status: You satisfy the citizenship and/or residency criteria but fail to satisfy the course requirements and are liable to EU fees
- Non EU Fee Status: You do not meet either the citizenship or residency criteria and are therefore liable to Non EU fees.
These scholarships are available for this course
These scholarships are available for all courses
|All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
|Cooperative Education Award
|1 medal per faculty
|Elaine Fagan Scholarship
|Financial Aid Fund
|Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
|Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
|Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
|Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
|Stuart Mangan Scholarship
|The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
|Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
|UL Sports Scholarships
|Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Your future career
Employability skills from this degree
- Designing websites
- Designing for usability
- Understanding the human and social issues surrounding the use of digital media
- Conducting User research
- Conducting User analysis
- Learning design methods relevant for designing interactions with technology
- Working in teams
- Graphic design
- Physical prototyping
- Concept and ideation skills
- Time management and organisation
- Expertise in the use of audio, video and interactive digital media
Further Study Options
Job titles for graduates with this degree
Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:
- Communication Designer
- Digital Content Producer
- Digital Marketing Executive and Content Creator
- Freelance Designer
- Freelance Digital Designer
- Freelance Media Production
- Front-end Designer
- Interaction Designer
- Motion Graphics Designer
- Product Designer
- Social Media Strategist
- UI Designer
- User Researcher
- UX Designer
- Video Editor
- Visual Designer
Digital Media Design focuses on new media industry perspectives, teaching students how to use industry-standard applications, but also teaching creativity and understanding. The main focus is on interaction design, but people who also love videography, photography and graphic design find themselves a welcome home in DMD!
One of my favourite subjects on the course is Digital Video Fundamentals which has become a great passion of mine. The skills I learned in this area proved to be very useful when I was on CoOp and I was given the opportunity to film and edit videos, which went on to win international awards.
I went on CoOp to the SAP Apphaus in Dublin as a User Experience Intern. The Apphaus is a new generation office, which is built around team work in a highly collaborative, flexible and creative environment. This placement benefited me greatly as I was given a project for myself in which I came up with my own problems and solutions. The team I worked with were always willing to answer my questions, and under their guidance, I learned a great deal. The experience helped me build a solid foundation for my future career by improving my customer interview skills, which is exactly what an interaction designer needs to do!