Higher Diploma in Interaction Design (Higher Diploma in Interaction Design)

Dublin City University (HDID)
Key Programme Details
Award

Higher Diploma

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

73

Department

Open Education

General Information
Contact

Valerie Farmer

Email

ict.openeducation@dcu.ie

Phone

01-7005649

Address

Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin 9

Role

Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

31/08/2020

Start Date

05/10/2020

End Date

31/08/2022

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 (UX) and support user interaction (UI) (National Skills Bulletin 2017 p.10).

Please note the focus of this course is on human computer interaction (HCI) and how we might understand and improve the interaction between users and technology.

Objectives

The National Skills Bulletin (2017 p. 97) identifies a skills shortage in web design, particularly web related applications ‘focusing on enhancing users’ online experience (UX) and supporting user interaction (UI)’. Digital design is regarded as one of the three most important design disciplines which Ireland needs to focus on (Winning by Design p. 28), with Interaction Design (IxD) 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)

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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will, in the first instance, be required to evidence that they meet HEA entry requirements. This evidence will be submitted as part of the Application process and can include evidence of employment, residency and prior education as appropriate. For more information on eligibility visit the Springboard+ website.

For ICT skills conversion courses applicants must hold a Level 8 qualification, normally a primary degree, in a cognate discipline.

Non-native speakers of English must meet the English language entry requirements of the University. See: http://www4.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml

It is important to note that applications to funded programmes, such as Springboard, are over-subscribed and those who meet the minimum entry requirements are not guaranteed a place on the programme. Selection criteria may be applied over and above the minimum entry criteria. Such criteria include those we have found predictive of success in the past, for example: Work experience relevant to the field of study.

Applicants may be required to submit an application letter, attend interview and/or complete some preparatory coursework in order to determine their suitability for this intensive course.

A key learning outcome of this course is that students will demonstrate their ability to apply their skills and knowledge in industry. They will be required to undertake a mandatory project, preferably industry related. Therefore, preference will be given to those applicants who are working in a design or ICT related role/context. Candidates not currently working in a suitable context may work on open source, charity or not-for-profit projects.

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



Long Description

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 (UX) and support user interaction (UI) (National Skills Bulletin 2017 p.10).

The course will be delivered through engaging teaching and learning methods with a mix of both leading academics and active industry practitioners. The course will be taught online, with tutorials held mainly on weekday evenings through live online classrooms. Course delivery will be augmented with selected relevant online industry events. Indicative content for modules is as follows:

Exploring Interaction Design (HS1) 15 Credits
Introduction to Interaction Design
Sketching and Prototyping
Evaluating Usability & User Experience

User Experience Design (HS2) 15 Credits
User Cognition and Design
User Affect and Design
Designing to Support User Communication

IT and Web Technology Fundamentals (C1) 15 Credits
Computer Hardware/Software
Planning and Designing Websites
HTML5
Cascading Style Sheets
Programming with JavaScript
Introduction to Python.

Researching Interactions with Technology (HSA) 20 credits
Design and Conduct a User Experience Work Based Research Project
Communicating findings through Infographic and Project Report

Career Transitions and Success (O1501) 7.5 credits
Develop a professional profile to share with prospective employers by utilising a relevant contemporary approach

Why Choose This Course

Digital design is regarded as one of the three most important design disciplines which Ireland needs to focus on (Winning by Design p.28), with Interaction Design (IxD) 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)

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.

Career Opportunities

The National Skills Bulletin (2017 p. 97) identifies a skills shortage in web design, particularly web related applications ‘focusing on enhancing users’ online experience (UX) and supporting user interaction (UI)’. 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 (UX) and support user interaction (UI) (National Skills Bulletin 2017 p.10).

Timetable Info

Online tutorials are held on weekday evenings or Saturdays and are normally of 1.5 hours duration.

Delivery Location

Online

Delivery Notes

Online

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Valerie Farmer

Address

Bea Orpen Building
Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin 9

Phone

01-7005649

Email

ict.openeducation@dcu.ie

Application Procedures

Please note, in the past Springboard courses have been oversubscribed and places filled in advance of the application deadline.

The fee for this course is €722.00

Applicants apply through the Springboard Application System.

Former/existing DCU students are required to supply their student ID number in their application.