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
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[…]
I had the opportunity to be part of the INTERACT project for an academic exchange at DMJX in Copenhagen. The week had been truly an eye opening experience on how different pedagogy models could be applied to deliver interactive/interaction design courses to accomplish learning goals. Me and my RMIT colleague Blair Wilde both hit the[…]
Earlier this year BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts graduate Michel Erler was shortlisted for the Tate IK Prize. The IK Prize is presented annually by Tate for an idea that uses digital technology to innovate the way we discover, explore and enjoy British art in the Tate collection.
“Critical Exploits is an examination of the key tropes, tools and methods of speculative and critical design and a journey through some of the key contemporary projects of the field. Taking in the thematic areas of futurism, design fiction, networked devices, science communication, critical infrastructure, warfare, material culture, synthetic biology and network politics, the talk[…]
“This video reflection on my 2015/16 London exchange as a part of the Interact Mobility Project. These are a few of the highlights from my 5 months in the UK – a truely unforgettable experience!” Jenna, QUT.
This week students from BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts took part in a Science Museum Late event to celebrate the Principia Launch – Tim Peake (the first British ESA Astronaut) and his mission to the International Space Station. To commemorate the occasion live broadcasts of the launch were featured during the Late alongside activities and[…]
In September 2015, academic partners from all four institutions gathered to plan Interact Mobility activities. The gathering was timed to coincide with the annual London Design Festival (LDF) as an opportunity to explore the broad range of events and activities of the festival — which will inform an Interact Mobility event for LDF 2017. The[…]