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Master of Design in Design Innovation & Interaction Design

Glasgow School of Art

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  • Qualification

    MDes - Master of Design

  • Location

    Glasgow School of Highlands & Islands Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Programme Overview

This programme is taught at the GSA's campus in the Highlands of Scotland.

The way people today experience their environment and interact with others is often mediated through new technologies. The discipline of Interaction Design has emerged to ensure the delivery of these technologies enhances all aspects of modern society. Interaction Design at The Glasgow School of Art focuses on people, rather than technology. This Masters programme looks to tackle real-life problems by improving interaction and communication between stakeholders using a variety of methods.

The programme, taught at the school’s campus in the Scottish Highlands, promotes a hands-on approach to interaction design. Through live projects with an emphasis on collaborative working, you will develop an understanding of Interaction Design in complex environments and learn to analyse behaviours that inform the design process.

You will also have the opportunity to engage with peers from international schools as part of the annual Winter School held at the campus in Forres. This seasonal event brings together students and faculty from leading institutions around the world for a two-week programme of lectures, workshops and networking opportunities that offers an insight into what a career in design as a global activity looks like.

Opportunities enabled by contemporary technologies are examined and incorporated into a programme that adopts a holistic approach to interaction design. You will explore all the ways in which interactive components can be used to enhance our relationships with people, products and services in an increasingly digital future.


The assessment combines written work, visual and project material produced both by groups and individuals. The assessment formats are designed to develop analytical thinking, creative synthesis and a rigorous capacity for reflection and self-evaluation. There is an emphasis upon collaborative studio working combined with individual exploration and analysis of theoretical positions and discourses. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

Tuition fees

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£ 20,520per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Glasgow School of Art

  • Campus address

    Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Glasgow, City Of, G3 6RQ, Scotland

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