The INTERACT project will see staff mobility between institutions and specialist staff from Europe (UAL, DMJX) will visit and teach in Australia (RMIT, QUT) and staff from Australia will visit and teach in Europe within the broad scope of the interaction design subject. This mobility aims to build academic networks within the subject and facilitate an international perspective within the teaching of interaction design at undergraduate level.
The INTERACT project will see student mobility between institutions and students from Europe (UAL, DMJX) will be able to undertake a fully funded semester in Australia (RMIT, QUT) and vice versa. These generous fully funded grants will allow students to experience interaction design education in and international context and broad both there aspirations and understanding of the subject.
An important strand of the project is to explore the future terrain of the interaction design subject and as educators ensure we are offering an exciting broad based and rigorous approach to the subject. Interaction design draws on design methods form many different areas and scoping out what areas such as designing for the ‘internet of things’ and exploring the possibilities of connected infrastructure will mean for our students.
One of areas of the project that will be of particular value for the students going on exchange is the opportunity to undertake work informed leaning and placements. These opportunities are delivered by the partnerships all the participating institutes have with their local design industries. We believe that as interaction design is a inherently global subject this type of globalised exposure to professional practice is highly valuable.
INTERACT is an undergraduate mobility programme in Interaction Design, a trans-disciplinary field of design practice including communication design and interactive media.
A total of 40 undergraduate students will spend a semester in the international design centres of London (UK), Copenhagen (Dk), Melbourne (Aus) and Brisbane (Aus). This unique programme formalises the use of studio based activities, new generation design tools and work on real life projects within the design industry in cross cultural settings.
The result will be the provision of future practitioners who are networked, innovative, adaptable and able to provide creative solutions in interaction design in both local and international contexts.
INTERACT PROJECT BLOG
Professor Laurene Vaughan – RMIT I think that this was a great opportunity to develop deeper connections between institutions and for us to establish a basis for increasing greater collaborations and opportunities for students. Through the process we learnt a lot about our similarities and our differences – which is good. There has been far[…]
This studio aims to engage students from partner institutions from different parts of the world to work on a joint design brief. Students will learn about interaction and will explore theory and practice in a global community of practice. The idea of this project was born from the EU funded INTERACT project. INTERACT students adapted[…]
The following is a summary of a paper presented at the Cumulus Paris 2018 Conference: To Get There – Designing Together Interact is an academic and student exchange project between four major institutions that explores the futures of design in the global context. The first stage of the project took place between 2014 and 2017[…]
As part of the academic exchange component of INTERACT, throughout September 2017 three Interactive and Visual Design lecturers from QUT were given the one-off opportunity to visit partner schools UAL & DMJX. Dr. Manuela Taboada, Dr. Jennifer Seevinck and Dr. Jeremy Kerr spent the month travelling together, with a focus of their trip […]
You probably started reading this because you are considering going on an exchange? Maybe even in Australia? I recently got back from studying for one semester at RMIT and like the awesome Shia jells out in his motivational speech; “JUST DO IT!!” It a crazy great experience and something I am thanking both myself for[…]
Plans for the Interact Exchange Project exhibition at London Design Festival 2017 (LDF17) included showing student work and observations about the differing academic environments. There would be 4 Interact exchange students in London at that time. It therefore seemed opportune to take more students from the other institutions to London to participate in the exhibition[…]
My trip to Australia and being a part of the academic exchange program was on so many levels an eye opener for me. Traveling to the other side of the Globe was a welcomed excuse for me to take my family with me and thereby combine academic relations with cultural exploration and social bonding. We[…]
Having spent a week at DMJX, our next stop was UAL in London. The UAL campus being located in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city – quite an interesting contrast from the DMJX location in Copenhagen. Whilst being here, I was able to attend classes and crit sessions for the Game[…]
Image (left): Emerson works on the London Design Festival exhibition The Joy of Sets x The Kubrick Archive on his first week on exchange at LCC. “The Interact Exchange Program has positively challenged my interpretation of the possibilities within Design and how I can further cultivate my practice. The program’s briefs have required me to[…]
Image (left): Emerson works on the London Design Festival exhibition The Joy of Sets x The Kubrick Archive on his first week on exchange at LCC. “It’s been two months since I was first exposed to the beautiful chaos that is London. It’s a meeting point of a thousand and one different cultures, creeds, and[…]