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Graduate Certificate in Interaction Design

Overview

Interaction designers play a vital role in creating digital products that are useable, uncomplicated, and human-centred. If you're looking to develop advanced knowledge about the design process for interactive products – this is the program for you.

Our professional program for graduates from other fields, to allow you to learn the essential skills to work in the interaction design industry.

With the Graduate Certificate in Interaction Design you will develop in-depth technical skills, alongside your degree in a field other than Interaction Design / User Experience Design / Multimedia Design.

Your future is in industry, as an interaction designer. You will undertake foundational studies to allow you to achieve a transition to become an interaction designer.

Meet the challenges of tomorrow

Interaction with electronic devices is a major part of our daily lives. From early childhood onwards we are connected to the internet, telecommunications and networks of computer-based technologies. The emerging challenges in this radically evolving field are not so much with the nature of new technologies, but with their design. How should these technologies be experienced in our lives? How can they support and enhance our everyday practices? What should they help us become? These programs train students to address these issues through the design of new interactive technologies.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
Half Year (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5369
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$23632 (2023 indicative per year)
Duration
Half Year
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5369
CRICOS Code
053336D
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Interaction design professionals work in multidisciplinary teams to address open-ended, real-life design projects. Your program simulates this environment through studio-based and project courses.
  • Students from the course Physical Computing and Interaction Design Studio get to demonstrate their work to peers and industry at our annual student design exhibition.
  • Benefit from a program that offers a flexible study plan. Choose from a large number of elective courses and tailor your studies to suit your interests, your industry, or your career goals.

1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2022

73 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2022

Interaction Design Exhibit: Soundscape

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Studios

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Prototyping
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Social and Mobile Computing

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • User experience designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • Interaction designer

Early-career salary

User Experience Designer

$52K–$104K

payscale.com

Late-career salary

User Experience Designer

$70K–$155K

payscale.com

Next steps after graduation

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Interaction Design have advanced understanding of usability problems and how to solve them. They also have diverse skills relevant to a range of industries, sectors and discipline areas.

Graduates typically work across the public and private sectors. Employers include technology companies, banking and financial services, digital agencies, media companies, government agencies, and health providers.

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Computer Society

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a field other than interaction design, multimedia design, human computer interaction or user experience design, or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies in a field other than interaction design, multimedia design, human computer interaction or user experience design and 2 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience (see below). Applications based on post-secondary study and/or work experience will be individually assessed.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.Your bachelor's degree must contain no more than 1 design or programming discipline related course.
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a field other than interaction design, multimedia design, human computer interaction or user experience design, or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies in a field other than interaction design, multimedia design, human computer interaction or user experience design and 2 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience (see below). Applications based on post-secondary study and/or work experience will be individually assessed.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.Your bachelor's degree must contain no more than 1 design or programming discipline related course.

Relevant work experience

Relevant work experience includes a minimum of two years' work in a professional, knowledge-based or information-oriented workplace. This may include work in administration, business, customer support, finance, government, human resources, law, marketing, operations/project management, strategy and sustainability

Related programs

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Interaction Design are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Reduced fees (CSPs)

We offer a limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) for this program based on academic merit. We allocate CSPs after the closing date for applications and before Orientation.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $23,632

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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