INTERACTION DESIGN PROGRAMME

The Interaction Design Programme is a world-renowned and intensive educational experience that imparts the skills, mindset and knowledge to become a proficient interaction designer. Through a life-centred approach we foster creativity, critical thinking and innovation.
Bill Verplank, one of the pioneers of Interaction Design, giving a lecture at CIID in 2010. Photo by Mayo Nissen, IDP alumnus and visiting faculty.
WHEN
September 2024 - August 2025
One-year, full-time programme
WHERE
Bergamo, Italy
APPLY BY
June 24th, 2024
We are accepting applications for the next cohort of the Interaction Design Programme. Imagine spending a year of your life in Italy with cross-disciplinary peers from all around the world. Taught by 40+ experts in design and technology, you will be completely immersed in a hands-on learning environment, working on projects that bridge urban life and the natural world. If you are interested in learning more about the IDP, sign up for an individual info session.
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Overview

OUR APPROACH
Learning By Doing
We apply a hands-on and life-centred approach to interaction design. We believe in early, iterative, and rapid prototyping as an integral part of the entire design process.
Immersive Education
Each year, 18-26 people come together from all over the world together to participate in the Interaction Design Programme. An immersive curriculum covers tangible and screen-based interfaces, service design and strategic thinking. We place equal importance on teamwork, communication, and collaboration as much as technical and design skills.
A Global Perspective
We value life experience, open-mindedness, and different cultures. We push the boundaries of interaction design by hosting international visiting faculty who are highly regarded experts in their respective fields. The diverse backgrounds of the IDP participants provides an effective platform for peer-to-peer learning. So far we've had participants from 45 countries: Australia, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal. Norway, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, and the US.
Bridging Education and Industry
CIID provides a model of education that is relevant for people at different stages in their professional lives. Through collaborative Industry Partnerships, students are exposed to a broad range of topics and real-world contexts which enables them to embark on successful career paths beyond graduation. Our alumni have gone on to work all around the world as Interaction Designers, Experience Designers, Service Designers, Design Strategists, UX/UI Designers, Creative Technologists and Design Researchers.
Making an Impact
Students are taught to identify opportunities for innovative problem solving. They graduate with the ability to create meaningful, pragmatic, and socially relevant interventions that have a positive impact on people and the planet.
Hands-on, learning by doing
IDP Alumni from India, US and Costa Rica
Jose Chavarría's Interface changes perspectives though design, technology and nature
YOUR EXPERIENCE
We offer a vibrant and unique life experience that combines creativity, collaboration and learning. IDP participants come from diverse backgrounds which fosters a rich, cross-disciplinary and multi-cultural studio environment. The collaborative nature of projects encourages people to work together, pooling their expertise to tackle a broad range of challenges.

Life at CIID is characterised by project-based learning. This, combined with access to cutting-edge tools, enables people to bring their ideas to life, whether it's designing installations, crafting physical prototypes, or coding interactive experiences. The dynamic learning environment simulates the rapidly evolving field of interaction design. Many people have won well-respected awards including Core 77, IXDA Awards, UX Awards, INDEX Design to Improve Life.

We host talks, exhibitions and events that expose participants to leading experts in the field and provide networking opportunities. We also encourage self-organised workshops for further skill-sharing outside of the planned curriculum. In the past there have been illustrator workshops, photography classes, yoga sessions and cooking demonstrations.

Beyond the educational aspect, CIID values personal growth and cultural enrichment. There will be ample opportunities to experience local culture, explore urban and rural environments, and be inspired by the rich heritage of art and food.

Our tight-knit community of IDP participants, faculty, and alumni, ensures that people form lasting friendships and professional connections that extend far beyond their time at CIID.

Together with examiners from Google and Lego
Collaborative projects with the local community
Group presentations teach how to give - and receive - constructive feedback
Picture of Norris Hung
"The IDP has opened up a breadth of new creative doors with the confidence to pursue any of them. Of course, the courses have given me a foundation in many bleeding-edge fields such as physical computing, behavior change, biomimicry, and immersive environments. But more importantly, the IDP fosters a community fearless to bring the design process to any topic under the sun."
NORRIS HUNG
Product Designer at Regrow
Previously – IDEO and Code for America
IDP 2020

Curriculum

The Interaction Design Programme takes place over a calendar year and is divided across: Foundations, Investigations, a Final Project, and a series of Industry Projects.
FOUNDATIONS
These skills-based courses are designed to provide participants with the fundamentals such as Life-Centred Research, Physical Computing and Machine Learning.
A prototype from the Intro to IxD foundation class
INVESTIGATIONS
An opportunity to pursue more in-depth design projects on context based briefs. Past classes have included AR/VR, Design for Behaviour and Impact, and Service Design.
Pamphlets for behavior and impact workshop.
Design for Behaviour & Impact materials
FINAL PROJECT
This self-driven project provides an opportunity to do individual work. Students undergo rigorous research, concept development, prototyping and documentation.
Jose Chavarría final IDP project.
Jose Chavarria's Final Project Interface
INDUSTRY PROJECTS
These innovation workshops enable participants to collaborate with industry partners. Taking place towards the end of the IDP, these projects serve as a platform to apply core learnings.
Some of our many Industry Project partners
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LOCATION 

The next cohort of the Interaction Design Programme will be hosted at our new studio in Bergamo, Italy.  

Our studio is part of the Astino complex, an architecturally stunning, former monastery which has been renovated to a high standard and regularly hosts events around food, music and art. The surrounding land is full of life due to the local focus on regenerative agriculture.

Located in the alpine region of Lombardy approximately 40 km northeast of Milan, Bergamo’s intention is to become a sustainable city by incorporating technology and innovation. Through low impact, sustainable choices and with elevated energy standards, the aim is to create a multi-functional, integrated city with excellent infrastructure and public services. This provides a perfect context, ripe with possibilities, to use our life-centred approach to conceptualise and implement design solutions.

We have hosted successful Pop-Up school classes here and we are very much looking forward to embedding the Interaction Design Programme in this location where we can build upon the rich history of Italian design and craftsmanship.

Our studio in Costa Rica has been home to the past two iterations of the Interaction Design Programme and we hope to bridge the two locations through shared activities, workshops and lectures. Dates for another IDP in Costa Rica will be announced in line with a future call for applications.

The Astino Complex in Bergamo, Italy
Photo of CIID studio in COsta Rica in the evening.
Our studio in San Jose, Costa Rica
The garden inside the former monastery
Faculty and students at Astino
Soldering stations in the digital fabrication lab
In the garden at the Costa Rica studio

Admissions

CIID is focused on the broad potential of design and technology so we ensure that the Interaction Design Programme has a diverse cohort of 18-24 participants.You should be curious and creative, a team-player, enthusiastic about design, and have the desire to work in a cross-disciplinary environment. We’re looking for people who are prepared to jump into an experiential learning environment, willing to share their existing knowledge and to push the boundaries of current thinking.
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