Media and Interaction Design, Master's, 2 years
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You get a highly industry-relevant education that enables you to design prototypes on new media, and evaluate the user experience of both media producers and media users.
Key themes and issues of the study programme include:
- What is good interactive media content?
- How does the media of the future look like?
- How can interaction design and technical solutions help media producers create better media content?
Through the media, the citizens receive information that makes it possible to participate in the public debate. With digital systems, we see an increased demand for new technical solutions and new formats for audience participation and user-generated content.
With this education, you can identify and develop many solutions to the challenges the media has when it comes to better and more efficient workflow.
The programme is taught in Media City Bergen, a knowledge and industry cluster where the university is co-located with media and media technology companies such as TV2, NRK, Vizrt, Bergens Tidende, Mediability and Vimond. At the same time as teaching is theoretical grounded in media studies, interaction design and communication theory, this gives students a unique closeness to the media industry.
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Today, most sectors are digitized and there is an increasing awareness about making digital solutions more user friendly. Being able to understand what users need in different situations, and to make solutions for this are skills and knowledge that are increasingly sought after.
Some of the jobs you qualify for with this education:
- Interaction Designer
- UX Designer
- Front-end Developer
- Media Entrepreneur
- Digital Media Developer
Graduates can also continue their education by pursuing a PhD.
Rather than lectures, teaching takes place through seminar groups, workshops, discussion groups and field courses. This is a full-time study programme and you should expect to participate in eight hours of organized teaching weekly, as well as additional self-study. Teaching and literature are in English.
The first year you have access to a shared study room, while in the second year you can apply for a permanent study desk. All courses are compulsory, and there are mandatory work requirements related to each course.
The Master's Programme in Media and Interaction Design is a two-year full-time study that starts in August.
- MIX301 Media Technology: Theory and Development (15 ECTS)
- INFO361 Research Topics in Human-Machine Interaction (HCI) (15 ECTS)
- MIX302 Research Design and Field Studies (30 ECTS)
Third and fourth semester:
- MIX350 Master Thesis (60 ECTS)
You may conduct the Master's project in collaboration with a media or media technology company. You can contact the company on your own to make arrangements for cooperation, but different companies will also come and present their ideas for master's projects.
The practical work related to the master project can be a prototype of a practical application, but can also be an evaluation of an interactive medium or a production study.
What you will learn
Upon completion of the master’s programme, you will have a competence that combines technical development with critical and creative thinking. You gain advanced knowledge within interaction design, and a specialized insight into the field of interaction design for the media.
The study programme provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a project that allows you to combine technical development work and content production related to the media.
In order to qualify for admission to the Master's program in Media and Interaction Design, applicants must have a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in media, design, ICT or similar fields.
Applicants with undergraduate degrees within the social sciences/humanities may qualify following academic assessment. The degree must include courses corresponding to at least 20 ECTS in programming and a minimum of 10 ECTS in interaction design. The admission commission makes a thorough assessment of the educational background of each applicant.
You also need to document:
When calculating the grade basis for admission, the admission commission chooses minimum 80 ECTS of the most relevant subjects of the applicants' degree. The application must include course descriptions. Without course descriptions, the admission commission cannot assess your application.
How to apply
You have to be a EU/EEA/EFTA/Nordic citizen or reside in Norway to apply. Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines:
- Citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA (1 March)
- Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway (15 April)