INTERACT: (Interactive Studios & Innovative Networks for Future Design Careers) project focuses on 4 key areas exploring interaction design education in a globalised context.

Principal Investigator: Eva Verhoeven
Key Staff: 
Tobias Revell
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Primary Funder: 
EU funded ICI-ECP JMP: Industrialised Countries Instrument, Education Cooperation Programme, Joint Mobiity Project 
Funding Period:
October 2014 to April 2018 (36 months + extension)

Project summary

INTERACT combines elements of the BA programmes of the 4 partners that cover the fields of Interaction Design, Communication Design, Visual Communication and Games and Interactive Entertainment offering unique combination of design and technology within a creative studio setting.

Consortium: The partnership is made of 4 leading higher education institutions in the field of design, extended by a transnational network of associate industry partners:

University of the Arts London (London College of Communication) lead partner,
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT, Australia), Partner country lead
Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX),
Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Objectives: The overarching objective of the INTERACT programme is to link coursework, studio practice and work integrated learning to develop better graduate outcomes for future practitioners in the field of Interaction Design.

40 BA Students (20 from the EU and 20 from AUS) will participate in a full study and mobility programme comprising studio-based teaching with an emphasis on applied projects in creative industry settings. All 4 institutions will provide mutual recognition of credit for the mobility period including internships and work integrated learning.

The pedagogical basis of the 4 participating institutions is ‘learning by doing’, which lends itself to studio-based teaching methods. Engaging in the programme provides students with a unique opportunity to expand their understanding of future Interaction Design practice through an embedded learning experience in diverse industry contexts. The course and internships offered as part of the INTERACT programme will all be credit-bearing.

As an outcome, students should achieve a practical understanding of a range of methods and next generation design tools that will allow them to think laterally and in an innovative manner to identify the most appropriate approaches to design issues when they become practitioners.

Events: Exhibition, student crits and seminar at London Design Festival 2017