Design for Interactive Experience MA

This course will give you the skills and understanding to design technology driven experiences that inspire and delight.


If you’re looking to study design in Scotland, study design in Edinburgh the capital city. The MA Design for Interactive Experience course draws from design and visual arts to understand how to create unforgettable interactions between people and technology. 

In this innovative course, you will learn applied and theoretical approaches for designing interactivity for everyday experience. Drawing from a range of disciplines including user experience, interactive art and interaction design you will learn an approach to designing across and between the physical and digital. In this way you will establish how you can develop new means for interacting with information, creative outputs, and brands, contributing to our modern experience driven economy.

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Mode of Study:



3 years

Start date:


Course details

Working at the intersection of creativity and new and emerging technology, The MA Design for Interactive Experience programme attracts applicants with backgrounds in design, visual arts, computing, and engineering.

This course is constructed from core modules that will give you the skills and knowledge to design for creative experiences. 

This course takes a human centred design approach to incorporating technology into everyday experience in a meaningful way.  Our graduates learn a critical approach to designing with technology.  We explore how and why interaction can contribute to an engaging and satisfying experience and use experience design as a method to critique and respond to current issues. 

This course is led by staff from Edinburgh Napier University’s Design Photography and Advertising group.  Our permanent staff are actively involved in cutting edge research in the fields they teach, contributing to conferences, journals and books as well as gallery exhibitions and products for visitor experiences.  Module teaching is augmented through contributions from professionals working in the field. 

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    How you’ll be taught

    As a highly interdisciplinary course, the MA Design for Interactive Experience is taught through several delivery methods. Studio-based teaching and design activities will enable you apply technical knowledge within creative projects. This is supported by formal lectures and seminars that deliver core information and current state of the discipline thinking. You will benefit from experiential learning activities by visiting and critiquing relevant exhibitions and visitor attractions.

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    Assessments are focused on practical outputs (i.e. coursework) but you will be expected to contextualize your work in written reports. Studying this programme will provide opportunities to develop work that will contribute directly to your personal portfolio.
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    Work placement

    There are opportunities for working with organisations throughout your studies and staff work to involve external clients on modules.  External client work is often developed by students themselves and throughout your studies you are expected to be self-directed and self-reliant.
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    Postgraduate design programmes in the School of Arts & Creative Industries are delivered in studio learning environments. There is a well-equipped workshop and digital manufacturing environment that is open to students across the design subject area.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Design for Interactive Experience?

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above in any discipline.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

Can I get admission into Design for Interactive Experience based on my working experience in this sector?

This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the Postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.


If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Stage 1 £3,155 £3,315
Stage 2 £3,775 £3,965
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Total - Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £6,930 £7,280
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Stage 1 £7,680 £8,450
Stage 2 £9,410 £10,350
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Overseas and EU-Total Fee £17,070 £18,800
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Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


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As well as using their entrepreneurial skills to develop their own career paths, graduates from this programme can expect to find work in:

  • Exhibition, museum, and interpretation design 
  • Interaction Design 
  • Service Design 
  • User Experience  
  • Immersive and Interactive Art 
  • Design for mixed reality
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