Master in Interaction Design SUPSI FAQ
What background do I need to participate in the program?
The program is multidisciplinary. The class is usually composed of designers from all disciplines, architects, engineers and individuals interested in interaction design. We look for talented people open to working in a team, with a positive attitude towards learning and facing new challenges.
Do I need to submit an English Language Certificate?
No, we do not require any language certificate. Your level must be good enough to interact with the teachers and to present your projects.
I do not have a degree, but I have professional experience in fields related to design, technology, communication and innovation. Can I apply?
No. The requirement for the acceptance to the Master of Arts in Interaction Design is a bachelor degree in Design (graphic design, industrial design, interior design, media design, web design, etc.). Students with a bachelor degree in fields such as architecture, engineering, humanities, fine arts, business management or with a degree in other fields are entitled to apply. If accepted, they might obtain extra ECTS credits by attending online courses or courses offered by SUPSI before or during the program.
When do I have to pay the tuition?
The tuition fee is divided in three installments, which correspond to the fee for each of the three semesters of the full master. The invoice for the autumn semester is issued in August and has to be paid by the end of September. The invoice for the spring semester is issued in December and has to be paid by the end of January.
Do I need prior knowledge of specific software and hardware?
Some people are already experts in software, others have no programming experience at all. Workshops of the first module allow students to acquire or increase their knowledge in programming, electronics, digital fabrication to make prototypes work. We ensure enough faculty support and the class composition facilitates peer learning.
What is the daily schedule like?
The schedule is usually everyday from 9:30 until 18:00. Students develop their project with the support of the teachers. Some days are dedicated to the personal work. The presence is mandatory only when the teachers are in class.
What tools, software, and materials do I need to participate in the program?
Do you arrange and offer an internship during and after the program?
No, we do not arrange and offer any internship. However, during the program, students get in touch with professionals and companies that are interested in acquiring interns. We facilitate the creation of network, but the final agreement depends on the right match between students and professionals.
Where do students work after graduating?
Our graduates find work all over the world at the main design agencies, hi-tech companies, start-ups and organizations such as Frog Design, Fjord, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Philips, Trivago, etc. Some of them have started their own business and successful start-ups. The employment rate for our graduates is almost 100%. Some of them start working as soon as they complete their studies while others find a qualified job within 6 months.
Do I need a visa to participate in the program?
Extra-EU citizens require a visa to reside in Switzerland for the duration of the program. EU citizens participating in the program need to apply for the residence permit upon their arrival in Switzerland to study, no visa is therefore required. You can find detailed information about permit and visa here.
Even if we do support students, a visa is not guaranteed as this is a separate administration process over which SUPSI has no control. We suggest starting the visa process as soon as you are enrolled because it requires from 1 to 4 months to get approved and issued.
Does the university provide the accommodation?
No, students have to find accommodation by themselves. SUPSI helps by providing information about housing solutions. Here the list of platforms with ads.
What is the average monthly budget for living in Switzerland?
Most participants manage comfortably on a monthly budget of around 1500 CHF (approx. 1350 Euro). This includes food/rent in shared accommodation. This amount varies and is related to personal choices.
Can I work while studying at the program?
To complete and get the certification, you must attend at least 75% of each course schedule. This condition reduces the possibility to work regularly. During the first and second modules, from September to January, all courses are organized as intensive workshops whose schedule requires full-time attendance from morning to late afternoon. While working during evening hours can be possible, we strongly discourage students to do so. During the third module, the courses are less intensive but personal work is required to submit the assignments. It follows that it is possible to work part-time on small projects and duties. Starting from April, during the thesis module, attendance is not mandatory therefore it is possible for students to combine work duties with the thesis project development.
Where is the SUPSI campus?
The Master of Arts in Interaction Design is at SUPSI campus in Mendrisio, Ticino, Switzerland. Main distances are: 15km from Lugano, 10km from Chiasso (Italian border), 50km from Milan, 250km from Zurich (main entry port).