March 11, 2015


INTERACTive Studios & Innovative Networks for Future Design Careers 

Field(s): Design, Interaction Design, Communication and Information Sciences Levels: BA level
Languages: English will be the language for all teaching (and associated materials)

Duration of the project (start and end date): 36 months (Oct 2014 to Oct 2017)

List of EU and Partner country consortium institutions or organisations: University of the Arts London (UAL) (EU lead), Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)(Aus lead), QUT (Queensland University of Technology) and 16 associate industry partners.

Objectives: The overarching objective of the INTERACT programme is to link coursework, studio practice and work integrated learning (in a cross-cultural setting) to develop better graduate outcomes for future practitioners in the field of Interaction Design.

The pedagogical basis of the four participating institutions is ‘learning by doing’, which lends itself to studio-based teaching methods. In the INTERACT programme students will have the opportunity to experience a diverse range of studio models and themes, and will work with industry in the four locations.

Engaging in the programme will provide students with a unique opportunity to expand their understanding of future Interaction Design practice through an embedded learning experience in diverse industry contexts. The internships offered as part of the INTERACT programme will all be credit-bearing.

The partnership is made of 4 leading HEIs in the field of design, extended by a transnational network of associate industry partners (including global companies such as Deloitte or smaller local design companies and studios). The history of collaboration that already exists between the four institutions provides a sound basis for ongoing cooperation beyond the project period.

INTERACT combines elements of the BA programmes of the 4 partners that cover the fields of Interactive Design, Communication Design, Visual Communication and Games and Interactive Entertainment offering unique combination of design and technology within a creative studio setting.

40 BA Students (20 from the EU and 20 from AUS) will participate in a full study and mobility programme comprising studio-based teaching with an emphasis on applied projects creative industry settings. All four institutions will provide mutual recognition of credit for the mobility period including internships and work integrated learning.

As an outcome students should achieve a practical understanding of a range of methods and next generation design tools that will allow them to think laterally and in an innovative manner to identify the most appropriate approaches to design issues when they become practitioners.

Design studios allow students to be led through a problem-based approach to learning integrated with real world scenarios and working with next generation design tools that will be developed and used as part of the programme activities, thereby supporting academic institutions, students, teachers and industry to build the capacity that is necessary to answer current and future market needs. Industry’s involvement in INTERACT will also increase the students’ understanding of the broader professional contexts operating internationally.

Faculty mobility will involve 8 AUS and 10 EU academic staff for a 2-3 week period, over the life of the project, to develop shared curricula and to teach in lectures and studio workshops.

Each INTERACT partner will integrate the learning outcomes from this project into their existing programme of study, and will jointly develop a new course to be embedded in all four programmes. This will ensure the goals of INTERACT extend well into the future producing graduates who are able to work collaboratively in culturally diverse settings.