Master in Interactive Apps Design
Master - Barcelona
Design, as a discipline, is changing dramatically and getting adapted to a complex reality, which is defined by communications and connections that we establish through several devices, by screens and interfaces.
Interfaces define the frame for contact and interaction between people and machines. They are becoming the main access point to information, and as an essential tool for communication in the current environment. Personal communications (by emails, videoconferences, instant messages, meetings facilitated by geolocation, social networks, just to mention a few), institutional communications, business transactions, sales and distribution channels, access to information, are increasingly being performed through several types of interfaces.
Much of this communication, which is established through several mobile devices, is based on applications that work as communication interfaces between users and data as well.
Main objective of the course
- Credits: 60*
- Start date: April 2017
- Language: English
The purpose of this degree is to train professionals capable of knowing and comprehending deeply the necessary skills and tools to develop interactive interfaces that link the information available on the Internet of Things, no matter the type of interface making it possible. By knowing the several stages of creation, students will be able to elaborate projects from a design perspective focused on user experience and interaction.
The course is based on two content areas: user experience design (UX) and programming. User design experience is the central point around the whole programming work will be developed.
Students will acquire the tools to translate into efficient metaphors the complexity of huge information flows to become useful data for users, so they can interact with it efficiently: better design allows better interaction, which translates into a better relationship with the user. To know how to manage the user experience has become the most relevant competitive advantage in the long term. “Sales come from better UX”.Methodology
The study plan has a practical approach and is focused on market reality. The methodology of IED Barcelona is based on the concepts of learning-by-doing and User Centered Design, by which students consolidate the knowledge acquisition through practice and attaining experience solving real problems and professional challenges, analysing the usage of terminals by users and integrating them in the development.
Under the guidance of this philosophy, the Master’s degree methodology is centered on project development, from the inception of an idea to its fulfilment and real market implementation. Subjects are directed from a real perspective, with completely updated contents, and given by lecturers, who are working top professionals, experts on their subjects and with a relevant professional experience.
The course is founded on two content areas: user experience design and programming. Expertise will be acquired by means of two didactic cores: the project execution and the collaboration with institutions.Aimed at
: Graduates in design from any major, engineers, programmers, visual communicators, visual artists.Professional outcomes
Participants will be prepared to face the challenges posed by markets nowadays, working in multidisciplinary teams in large companies and organisations, developing visible projects through screens. Also, they will be able to undertake their own projects, based on interaction between users and devices. Projects creation and constant analysis acquired during the degree will provide a strong capability of adaptation to different types of projects and work environments.Students will be able to work in the following areas/functions
. Development of projects for small, medium and large companies, and also promoting of different start-ups and new projects.
. Incorporation in interdisciplinary teams in creative departments in advertising agencies and studios, focusing on interactive communication.
. Interfaces graphic design
. Interaction design for mobility
. Comprehensive management of projects, from comprehending the issues, concepts proposal and rapid prototyping.Coordinator
Each Master is assessed by a specialist in the area, who has an active role in the studies plan development and contents in collaboration with the didactics department of the Master Area. The coordinator also supports the incorporation of specific teachers of the sector, as well as the relationships with enterprises and institutions from the knowledge area of the course..
is semiologist by education and filmmaker by profession, he has become an innovation seeker on the Net. This experience is summarized in his work as consultant and designer specialized in Mobile Culture, with the Spanish Ministry of Culture. From the creation of a videosharing platform in 2006, he begun the Movil Film Fest, the festival for short films made with mobile phones, in collaboration with El País, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Cuatro, MySpace. Since then, he has been creating projects and reflections on the mobile world from Mobile Cells, Embed.at and Permament.pro
*The educational planning for all IED Master courses is aligned with the criteria established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The IED Master program has adopted a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IED Master issues private degrees.
: 7 monthsTimetable
: Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m. and 3.15 p.m. to 6.15 p.m.