Interaction Design Major - Bachelor of Design

Develop expertise in interaction design for a range of contemporary and future-orientated contexts, technologies and platforms.

Interaction design focuses on both digital interfaces, as well as physical artefacts. This includes digital web platforms (including desktop, mobile and other devices), apps and product interfaces. It can also include design for information systems, way-finding and navigation systems, digital dashboards and controls, as well as wearable technologies and augmented and virtual spaces.

Applying for the Interaction Design major

Interaction design is taught in the second and third year of the Bachelor of Design. If you’re interested in this major, apply to study the Bachelor of Design in Communication Design for your first year. From your second year on, you can then move into the Bachelor of Design in Interaction Design.


This is part of the Bachelor of Design.

Start date: 2021

Interaction design integrates the principles of visual and other forms of communication, design, creative thinking and user-experience design processes, with appropriate media and technologies to design efficient, effective, pleasurable and meaningful human interactive experiences.

If you're a full-time student, you normally complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you study core compulsory papers within your major and selected minor.

List of minors

Year 1

You study the following papers

Plus one paper from your chosen minor.

Year 2

You study the following papers

Plus two papers from your chosen minor.

Year 3

You study the following papers

Plus one paper from your chosen minor.

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)

Email artbox@aut.ac.nz

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

  • Interaction designer
  • Digital web designer
  • User interface designer
  • User experience designer
  • App designer

Interaction designers work collaboratively with a range of other professionals, including UX designers, software engineers, industrial designers and product managers.

Key features
  • Covers a range of creative processes and technologies for interaction and user experience design
  • Covers digital interface interactions through to products and systems
  • Transforming human experiences
  • Future oriented
See yourself as
  • An interaction designer
  • Interested in improving human experiences
  • Having strong skills in digital technologies and other areas of design

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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