HDID Higher Diploma in Interaction Design [2 Years Part-time]

Dublin City University (HDID)
Key Programme Details

Higher Diploma

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Distance


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Open Education

Skills Area

Information and communication (including ICT)

General Information

Dr Lorraine Delaney






Open Education Unit
National Institute for Digital Learning
Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Dublin 9


Programme Chair

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

This two year, part-time course has been designed to provide participants with the fundamentals of computing together with an immersive set of modules which explore web related applications to enhance users online experience and support user interaction.

This course is 90% funded and required that applicants are in employment.

Areas of study include:
Fundamentals of computing, web technologies and programming
Interaction Design (IxD)
User cognition and design
User effect and design
Design & Use of Interactive Systems
Human Computer Interaction
Work-based Project

The course will be delivered through engaging teaching and learning methods with a mix of both leading academics and active industry practitioners. Face to face workshops will take place in Dublin City University on Saturdays and tutorials will be held on weekday evenings through live online classrooms. In addition students will attend selected relevant industry events.


To provide participants with the fundamentals of computing together with an immersive set of modules which explore web related applications to enhance user experience and support user interaction.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a primary degree in a cognate discipline. Preference will be given to candidates who can evidence an aptitude for, or experience in, art, design or technology.

Preference will be given to applicants who are working in an Interaction Design or ICT related context.

As this is a primarily online distance education programme, students are required to have on-going access to a computer, related software and a reasonably good internet connection.

Non-native speakers of English must meet the English language entry requirements of the University. See:

Applicants may be requested to attend for interview and/or be invited to complete some preparatory coursework in order to determine their suitability for this intensive course.

Long Description

Modules are as follows:

IT and Web Technology Fundamentals: (C1) 15 credits
Hardware, Software fundamentals
Fundamentals of Operating Systems
HTML, CSS3, Web Design and UX
Mobile Web Development, SEO and Search
Fundamentals of Programming with JavaScript
Functions and data structures with JavaScript
Explain programming and code to others
Demonstrate and critique code with peers via group work
Server Side Development with PHP
Deploying web applications via Linux to the Cloud

Exploring Interaction Design (HS1) 15 credits
Explain, using examples, user-centered design
Carry out usability assessment of interactive systems.
Explain user experience from socio-cultural and ecological perspectives.
Apply knowledge of social and organizational processes to interaction design and evaluation.
Evaluate how Interaction Design mediates a variety of cultural practices (e.g. work, education, making and sustaining friendship, play).
Design a basic experimental and qualitative study.
Communicate ideas orally and in writing

User Experience Design (HS2) 15 credits
User cognition and design
User affect and design
Designing to support user communication
Designing to support users in groups
Designing to support people working in organisations

Researching Interactions with Technology (HSA) 20 credits
Introduction to the research process
Ethics in research
Identifying a topic for your project
Reviewing the existing body of knowledge
Research paradigms and methodologies
Preparing a project plan and proposal
Project design
Data collection and management
Quantitative methods of data analysis
Qualitative methods of data analysis
Project completion and presentation

Technology and ICT Career Success (OI501) 7.5 ECTS credits
In this careers focused module you will build on your skills and knowledge in line with the development of your specialist area of study. You will be provided with practical guidance on scanning the labour market and identifying areas of potential employment, developing the tools to allow you to market yourself and your skills and receive input from a dedicated careers advisor to assist you in areas of development with regard to your employability.

Why Choose This Course

Digital design is regarded as one of the three most important design disciplines which Ireland needs to focus on, with Interaction Design at its core. This course is suitable for those with a passion to explore interaction design principles and methods ‘to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business can convert into consumer value and market opportunity’ (Brown, 2009).

Career Opportunities

The National Skills Bulletin identifies a skills shortage in web design, particularly web related applications focusing on enhancing users’ online experience and supporting user interaction. This course provides participants with skills which are highly sought in the labour market,enabling them to move into the field of interaction design. Additionally, given the pace of change in design it is essential for designers to upskill. This course provides existing digital designers with recognised continuous professional development so that they can remain current and add value to whatever sector they engage with.

Timetable Info

Face to face tuition will normally take place on Saturdays in DCU's Glasnevin campus
Online tuition will normally take place on weekday evenings (Mon-Thur)
Examinations will take place between 2nd - 8th May 2019
Students will be provided with a comprehensive timetable at the start of the academic year

Delivery Location

Distance learning from Dublin City University

Delivery Notes

As this programme is delivered by Distance learning it is possible to participate regardless of location.

Admissions Contact Details

Richard Bolger


Open Education Unit
National Institute for Digital Learning
Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Dublin 9





Application Procedures

Applications are submitted through the Springboard Application website: www.springboardcourses.ie

Applicants are asked to upload a copy of their academic transcripts (level 8 award or level 9 if appropriate) to the dropbox provided as part of the application process. Please note English versions of transcripts must be provided. Where possible please submit a Europass Diploma Supplement.

Applicants are also required to complete a Personal Statement as part of the application process. In no more than 400 words please outline your reasons for applying for this programme. Indicate the amount of time you can dedicate each week for study and the type of employment you are hoping to attain. In your statement tell us which specific
areas of study in the course you are most interested in and why. Please upload this to the dropbox provided in the application form.

As places are limited, please note places may be filled in advance of the application deadline.

Decisions of the applications committee are final.