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Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts

Design Graduate, Michael Ford

Overview

The Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts enables you to design for the future using the emergent technologies of today.

This program infuses technological innovation with human‑centred design thinking. The result is an understanding of ways to design interactive products and systems that will have lasting cultural and commercial importance.

Learn to design across multiple platforms and scales – from wearable computing and mobile applications to interactive architecture, responsive environments and urban informatics. Your ideas may become the basis of prototype products, patents or startup services.

Through a series of collaborative design studios and technical workshops, you will acquire the essential knowledge and skills for envisioning, creating and evaluating innovative solutions to a range of design challenges.

You can adapt this program to suit your interests by taking electives from other faculties. You will also build a compelling portfolio showcasing not only your design skills, but also your understanding of how best to convey the user experience of new products and services.

The course culminates in a capstone research project, industry internship or graduation design project.

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

To qualify for the award of the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts, a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including:

(a) minimum 18 credit points of core foundational units of study; and

(b) minimum 18 credit points of core advanced units of study;

(c) minimum 12 credit point capstone unit of study; and

(d) maximum 24 credit points of elective units of study

The following is an indicative progression for the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts:

Year 1

Unit code

Unit of study

Sem

CP

IDEA9103

Design Programming

1

6

IDEA9105

Interface Design

1

6

IDEA9106

Design Thinking

1

6

ARIN6905

New Media Audiences**

1

6

IDEA9201

IDEA Laboratory*

2

6

IDEA9202

IDEA Studio*

2

12

DESC9117

Sound Design for New Media**

2

6

Year 2

Unit code

Unit of study

Sem

CP

IDEA9301

Graduation Studio

1

12

IDEA9311

IDEA Research Internship

1

12

 

Credit points required per semester: 24

Indicative progression based on a 72 credit point master’s degree with a Semester 1 enrolment.

* These units are corequisites
** These units are electives; you can choose other options.

Note: In Year 2, Semester 1, you may pursue a capstone research project as a pathway to PhD research instead of the Graduation Studio unit.

You can further tailor your degree by replacing either of the 12 credit point capstone units (Graduation Studio or IDEA Research Internship) with two 6 credit point electives. 

Units of Study

Admission requirement

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts will have a bachelor's degree with a credit average.

Course opportunities

You will become proficient in the design of interactive experiences and the creative use of new technologies for application in a wide range of professional, design and industry settings.

By adding a specialisation in Audio and Acoustics or Illumination Design, you can diversify your course. This will differentiate your skill set and enable you to work in the emerging area of interactive sound and lighting in entertainment, buildings and public spaces.

Future study options

Embarking on a research degree at the University of Sydney is an opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s brightest and most accomplished academics.

Career Pathways

Graduates of the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts will become proficient in the creative use of new technologies which they can then utilise in a practical way in a wide range of professional and artistic settings. Areas studied in this course will prepare them to perform in roles such as interaction designer, usability engineer, new media artist or creative director.

The world is changing, and university education needs to change too

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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