The Master in Interactive Media Design teaches planning, creative, academic and strategic skills in the design of interactions with digital products and virtual environments.
The first semester comprises the teaching and prototypical, experimental application of in-depth knowledge to the design and staging of multimodal human-machine interaction, taking into account information human perception and information processing. The research and design project that follows in the second semester is prepared by the propaedeutic course and the teaching of in-depth research skills. As an alternative to the propaedeutic course, an elective module in an area of focus can be taken.
The second semester is characterized by application and reflection: the competencies achieved in the first semester are applied in a results-oriented manner in a research and design project, as well as in the interaction design workshops and game design. The results achieved are scientifically and economically classified and reflected upon, in preparation for the following thesis semester.
In the thesis semester, students work independently on a scientific question related to the design of interactive media. The individual supervision offered by the faculty lecturers ensures successful, results-oriented completion of the thesis and the award of the Master of Arts degree. It is supplemented by critical discussion during the thesis defence.
The research or design project is a unique aspect of the Interactive Media Design master's programme. It gives students the opportunity to gain experience and insights into the planning and execution of a design project over the space of a whole semester.
Students learn to use academic approaches and methodologies (structure, sourcing of information including citation, preparation and documentation, design and production) on a task in the field of interactive media design.
The tasks set are related to the modules of the programme. They can be partial projects of larger research or design projects from the current Digital Media portfolio. It is also possible to take part in cooperative, interdisciplinary projects with our sister programmes, Computer Science in Media. The projects are offered and supervised by one of our professors.
The intensive theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the Interactive Media Design master's programme, means graduates have outstanding prospects in a varied job market. This could be in management positions in media agencies or companies involved in the planning, design, research and production of trend-setting interfaces and interactions with digital products and virtual environments. The fields of game design and the development of interactive audio and video productions also offer outstanding opportunities.
Our cooperative PhD programme makes it possible for master's graduates to gain a further academic qualification.