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graduate diploma in interaction design
this is an exit-only course. there is no direct admission to it. current uts students may be able to submit an internal course transfer (graduating) application to exit with this course. check with your faculty's student centre.
interaction design is concerned with designing interactive digital products, digital environments, systems, and services that can satisfactorily meet the needs and desires of the intended users. the graduate diploma in interaction design prepares and equips students with up-to-date theoretical knowledge and requisite practical industry-standard skills in this rapidly advancing field.
while industry demand for skilled interaction designers and various other jobs, such as user experience (ux) designers, service designers etc., is increasing, there is a lack of formal education/training offered by universities in interaction design. this course is designed to provide students with the most current and requisite skills in this fast-evolving field. graduates possess skills in industrially applicable and cost-effective information environments (i.e. multimedia, interactive systems design and associated information technology). the course provides industry with graduates who can combine these skills with those of their original discipline in professional applications-oriented settings.
the course is committed to producing graduates who have a deep understanding of human-centred approaches to designing digital technologies. this ensures that 'products' created are more likely to 'fit' meaningfully into users' lives, because the design process is informed by a deep understanding of people's practices, particular situations and values.
this course is attractive to different types of learners, namely:
- those who are currently working in a job that is not related to interaction design
- those working in jobs closely related to interaction design, and
- those already working in interaction design-related jobs.
in the core subjects students learn through the practice of an iterative human-centred design process to solve a real-world problem with actual users, developing skills to analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems. they gain advanced technical and theoretical knowledge in interaction design. they also engage with interaction design for emerging computing contexts, gaining advanced knowledge and skills.
students develop advanced design skills (including autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility) by focusing on learning professional practices in user experience projects, and through the capstone subject where they co-implement a project commissioned with an industry client, focusing on graduate-level outcomes. skills to demonstrate knowledge adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner/learner are acquired through all the studio subjects where students have to adapt to the unpredictable processes of working with users, conducting fieldwork in the wild, iterating designs and testing with users, and the open-ended nature of an iterative design process. the studio subjects also allow students to demonstrate their responsibility as practitioners through developing project management and teamwork skills.
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in most cases, uts offers domestic students entry to postgraduate courses on a fee paying basis.
tuition fees are charged:
- based on the particular course in which you are enrolled
- based on the number of credit points in which you are enrolled
- at the rates set for the current year and revised annually
fees for future year(s) published in the online calculator, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. uts makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, uts reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.
tuition fees can be found in the online calculator.
a small number of postgraduate courses offer government subsidised commonwealth supported places (csp). find out whether there are csps available in this course by visiting our postgraduate fees page.
in addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a services and amenities fee (ssaf). the purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional costs.
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tuition fees for international postgraduate coursework students can be found using fees search.
tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. uts makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, uts reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.for this course, the cost per credit point for 2021 is $945. the total credit points are 48.
all international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:
- statement of protocol on fees and refunds for international students studying in australia - contains the fee and refund conditions for international students
- tuition protection service - designed to ensure that students receive the tuition they have paid for
in addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a student services and amenities fee (ssaf). textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.
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for further information on costs related to your study at uts, visit the international students' fees information page.
graduates can gain employment in a range of technology design-related roles, such as interaction designer, ux designer, ux researcher, service designer, or digital experience architect.
for those currently working in closely related jobs, such as web design, graphic design, interface design etc., this course provides the necessary formal training in the discipline in order to make a more definitive move into jobs in interaction design. similarly, many find themselves working within the field of interaction design without formal training, and this course provides a good foundation and opportunities to extend their interaction design skills more formally.
for those not working in a job related to interaction design, this course provides the opportunity to learn about the discipline and to transition into the various jobs under the interaction design umbrella.
the course duration is one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.
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