Interaction Design


"As an interaction designer, you shape the infromation society we live in. You can blaze a trail and develop ideas for the future. We offer the fundamental knowledge and you add the rest."

Martijn van Boven
Programme Coordinator


During the four-year Interaction Design course in Arnhem, you will learn more about Web Design, Animation and Video and Audio Design. Ultimately, you will choose one of the two specialisations: Information Design or Digital Audio-Visual Design.

First year: basics of interaction design

In the first year, you will become acquainted with the fundamentals of interactive and informative design processes. You will learn the necessary tools of digital design for video and audio editing, layout and programming basics. Only once you have understood the principles of interaction design, will you have the opportunity to apply them to design processes.

In the first year, you will also have the opportunity to apply for admission to the Honours Programme, which is supplementary to the regular programmes of your own Bachelor’s course.

Second year: continuation of interaction design

The second year is largely about the design aspects of the field. You will become acquainted with different types of visualisations, such as infographics and interactive charts. You will learn techniques to reveal patterns. Through team teaching, you will learn more about Web Design, Information Architecture, Media Art, Digital Graphics, Animation, Robotics and Video and Audio Design, among other things.

In this year, you will also explore the fields of journalism (through exploratory research and interpretation of data) and programming (to create an automated data mining process and data display).

Third year: practice-oriented working

Preparation for writing your thesis will already in the first semester. Additionally, the course will become more practice-oriented. You will get to tackle interaction design issues taken from professional practice. The way you present design ideas now counts more toward your programme grade. What does your material look like? How do you communicate your idea? Have you tested if the idea works? Which medium have you chosen and why? You will also work on at least one long-term project with an external company this year.

You also choose a specialisation this year:

Fourth year: internship and graduation

In the first semester, your specialisation will form the basis of your research assignment and you will also complete an internship at a company or studio at home or abroad. The second semester is dedicated to the development of your research assignment, designing your thesis as well as a practical assignment.

ArtEZ finals

All students of the Design course will complete final examinations and present their work during the ArtEZ finals. A visit to this graduation exhibition is a must if you are thinking about taking the Bachelor of Interaction Design course.