Domus Academy
Interaction Design Master's Degree 2018/19
One Year

Digital and Communication Technology. Design sensitivity. Business orientation. The one year Master’s in Interaction Design at Domus Academy introduces the theoretical knowledge and professional skills needed to define problems and solutions in interaction and user design. Students analyze and experiment with software and hardware technology to develop confidence with the palette of tools and platforms that form the foundation for designing interactive solutions. DA’s “learning by designing” approach is based on the tradition of Italian mentorship in design. Students work directly with companies to develop concepts, scenarios, and strategies.


Degree Length
One year; Fall & Spring Intakes

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 word essay)
Curriculum vitae/Resume
Digital portfolio
Official Undergraduate Degree transcript
Copy of Undergraduate Degree
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form

Application Deadline
Fall Intake: June 15, 2018
Spring Intake: November 1, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Fall Intake: Early Sept 2018 – Mid July 2019
Spring Intake: Mid Jan 2019 – Late Dec 2019


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic: Completed Bachelor’s degree

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Undergraduate GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 5.0+ or equivalent.



Program Aims & Objectives
The Master in Interaction Design aims at providing students/ designers with theoretical knowledge and professional skills to carry out a “problem setting” activity aimed at developing concepts, scenarios and strategies based on the introduction of interactive and digital technology into everyday-life environments.

The approach, based on the tradition of Italian design, sees the educational path as an integration and extension of the professional path. The program is structured as an exploration of research and design experiences, that does not only provide the tools for helping students to understand “how” things are done, but also to assist them in working out the reasons why they are done. During the course students will develop theoretical knowledge and professional skills for practicing interaction designing within the corporate and design consultancy context, understand the constitutive features characterizing a specific User Experience, conceive envisioning scenarios and design concepts and earn a critical competence in selecting and applying methods, tools and resources for running a design driven project.

Moreover, Domus Academy ensures that students attending the academy become aware of the great opportunities surrounding them, such as the fact that Milan is an international and design-oriented city with a lot of famous design studios and agencies, research labs, trade fairs and companies. Students at Domus Academy come from about 50 different countries and this fact makes it an international school where different cultures can be met; Domus Academy is part of an international network of university and the teachers of the academy are internationally renowned professionals in their field.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will have:

  • Developed a critical understanding of human factor Demonstrated an individually driven conceptual research project using design research methods, tools and techniques appropriate to professional standards in the interaction design practices;
  • Demonstrated an understanding of the professional field of interaction design and its restraints; developed the ability to deal with requests and being able to interpret their own work in the professional context;
  • Demonstrated a critical and personal development in defining and managing advanced process related to the project;
  • Effectively demonstrated a reflective and evaluative approach to their own work allowing them to act independently in identifying, implementing and sustaining individual research and practices at a professional level;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and critical thinking on design culture and cross-disciplinary approaches related to Interaction Design;
  • Demonstrated personal and reflective thinking on the diverse dimensions of interaction design concerning social, technological and business implications.
  • Demonstrated the ability of conceiving innovative interactive concepts, solutions and experiences for a variety of diverse industries and sectors;
  • Demonstrated self and professional management skills in terms of interaction in a multi-cultural domain, teamwork and time constraints at a professional level;
  • Demonstrated an ability to effectively communicate concepts, methods and design proposals through a variety of techniques including visual, oral and prototyping.

Degree & Certification
Upon graduation from Domus Academy, you’ll earn a degree that’s recognized around Europe and the world—an Academic Master’s Degree (60 ECTS credits) accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). The Academic Master’s Degree is validated through NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano. You’ll also earn a second valuable qualification: the Domus Academy Master’s Diploma.

Domus Academy’s accreditation has helped build relationships with prestigious companies, so you have the chance to gain practical work experience during your course of study. An accredited degree, plus the practical experience you gain through an internship, shows employers that you received a top-quality education and that you bring industry-relevant knowledge and skills to the table when you join their team. Domus Academy’s accreditation also means that the relevant academic credits you earn at Domus Academy will transfer to other institutions if you choose to work toward another master’s or a doctoral-level degree.

Career Opportunities
Those who attend the Master develop skills and competencies necessary to cover different and strategic planning roles such as: Interaction Designer, User Experience Designer, Creative Director, Digital Strategist, Design Manager.

The aim of the Master in Interaction Design is to train anyone who possess the practical and conceptual tools essential to develop strategies for the ICT world, which can combine project awareness and creativity to more specific skills. Therefore, employment opportunities can be numerous, including: research institutions, telecommunications companies, and architecture and design studios.

Declaration of Value
In order to receive the Academic Master Degree at the completion of the program students holding a non-Italian Bachelor Degree are required to have their degree validated prior to starting the program. In order to do so, students must contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the degree was issued in order to ask for the so called “perfezionamento documenti”, consisting of:

  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s High School Diploma*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s High School Academic Transcripts*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s Bachelor Degree*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s Undergraduate Academic Transcripts*
  • “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” (Declaration of Value) of the student’s High School Diploma & Bachelor Degree. (The “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” is the document attesting that the study qualification obtained in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian Universities or Academies)

For a complete list of Italian representative authorities worldwide please see here. The legalized and translated documents, as well as the “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” will be issued to the student.

*Please Note: All Consulates vary and they may have slightly different requirements. You must contact the Consulate, which holds jurisdiction where the diploma/degree issuing school is located.

The program is organized in four main modules lasting eight weeks each that include courses and workshops, followed by an 8 week internship period and a final portfolio presentation. For a full description of the program structure see Interaction Design Master’s Degree.

Core Workshops – Required

  • Experience Design Workshop
  • Tangible Interactions Workshop

Elective Workshop – Choose one

  • Envisioning Workshop
  • Identity Design Workshop
  • Product Strategy Workshop
  • Free Choice Workshop

Courses

  • Design Culture
  • Digital And Physical Prototyping
  • Research And Design Methods And Tools
  • Business For Design
  • Personal Branding

Internship


Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Application Deadline
May 1 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Awards Announced
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
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Program Check-in & SAI Orientation
Students arrive in Milan independently prior to this date and must check in with on-site staff by this day. Check-in is followed by a brief program orientation.
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DA Academic Orientation Days
DA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities for students to get to know each other and meet professors.
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 1
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Lectures & Workshops End: Module 1
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Exams: Module 1
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Fall Break (no class)
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Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 2
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Lectures & Workshops End: Module 2
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Exams: Module 2
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Winter Holiday Break (no class)
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Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 3
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Lectures & Workshops End: Module 3
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Exams: Module 3
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Winter Break (no class)
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Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 4
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Lectures & Workshops End: Module 4
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Exams: Module 4
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Internships Begin: Module 5
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Internships End: Module 5
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Exams: Module 5
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Final Exams
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Graduation & Program End

Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Application Deadline
October 1 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
Coming soon
DA Scholarship Awards Announced
December 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
Coming soon
Program Check-in & SAI Orientation
Students arrive in Milan independently prior to this date and must check in with on-site staff by this day. Check-in is followed by a brief program orientation.
Coming soon
DA Academic Orientation Days
DA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities for students to get to know each other and meet professors.
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 1
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 1
Coming soon
Exams: Module 1
Coming soon
Winter Break (no class)
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 2
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 2
Coming soon
Exams: Module 2
Coming soon
Spring Break (no class)
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 3
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 3
Coming soon
Exams: Module 3
Coming soon
Summer Break (no class)
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops Begin: Module 4
Coming soon
Lectures & Workshops End: Module 4
Coming soon
Exams: Module 4
Coming soon
Internships Begin: Module 5
Coming soon
Internships End: Module 5
Coming soon
Exams: Module 5
Coming soon
Final Exams
Coming soon
Graduation & Program End
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $125
Program Fee
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$35,000
Program Fee: EU Citizens
Students who are EU citizens can receive a discount on their program fee. 
Contact SAI
Optional / Additional Fees:
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Milan
$900 $1,500
Visa
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
$300 $300
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$200 / course $200 / course
Housing
SAI can provide recommendations.
$800 / month $1,500 / month
Meals
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
$600 / month $1,000 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Milan area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $250 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!

  • Academic Master’s Degree awarded by Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)
  • Master’s Diploma from Domus Academy
  • Program tuition
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

Housing is not included in SAI Select Services Programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for local housing agencies, as well as school-provided apartments. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.