'INTERACT' Mobility Project : Interaction and Design futures at: DMJX, LCC (UAL), QUT & RMIT

Project Focus

The INTERACT project focuses on four key areas exploring interaction design education in a globalised context.

Staff Exchange

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.

Student Exchange

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.

IxD Futures

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.

Globalised careers

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.

About

DMJX, QUT, RMIT & UAL
“what is the future of IxD practice?”

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.

  • Student Exchange
  • Staff Exchange
  • IxD Futures
  • Globalised Careers

Interact Team

Below are the INTERACT project academic leads from the four participating institutions.
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Ben Stopher

UAL
Programme Director, Interactive & Visual Communication London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
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Gavin Sade

QUT
Head of Design, Queensland University of Technology.
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Karen-Margrethe Österlin

DMJX
Head of Interactive Design · Head of Photography Danish School of Media and Journalism
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Jeremy Yuille

RMIT
Program Manager M.Design Futures, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

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