Interaction Design (also known as IxD) is the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems, services, and products for use by people. By studying this major, you’ll explore the capabilities of humans in terms of emotion, perception, and cognitive ability, and use this knowledge to conceive, design and build human-centric interaction systems. 

There’s a huge overlap between Interaction Design and UX Design (or User Experience Design). After all, UX design is about shaping the experience of using a product, and a large part of that experience involves some interaction between the user and the product. For this reason, someone who studies Interaction Design can also have a career as a UX Designer. 

According to PayScale, the median annual income for Interaction designers is AU$73,790. There’s an increased demand for IxD and UX skills globally, especially in regions like Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia. In many countries, demand outweighs supply for skilled professionals in these areas. 

Why study Interaction Design in Australia?

  1. Top Rankings 

Australian universities are wellknown of their teaching quality, and their qualifications are recognised worldwide. According to QS Ranking 2022, there are 8 Australian universities listed among the world’s top 100 for the Design discipline.

  1. No specific background needed 
  • If you are a high school graduate, you can start with a Diploma or Associate degree in related studies and continue your way into a Bachelor’s course, or you can use your final high school examination results to apply for a Bachelor’s degree.  
  • If you have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, you can still apply for a Master of Interaction Design. Contact us to receive more information about this option. 
  1. Multiple start dates

Australian universities will normally have 2 or 3 intakes each year, which makes it more flexible for international students to commence their program based on their individual situation. Multiple start dates also mean more flexibility with the different units and payments. 

  1. Stay in Australia longer

By studying Interaction Design for 2 years or more in higher education (a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree), students will be eligible for a 2-4-year Postgraduate Visa (485). Graduates can use these visa opportunities to get more work experience. For Interaction Design students, they can also use this working visa to prepare for their future migration options. 

Career outcomes after graduation

  • Interaction Designer 
  • UX (user experience) Designer 
  • UI (user interface) Designer 
  • Visual Designer 
  • Digital Designer 
  • Usability Researcher 
  • Information Architect 
  • UI Artist 
  • UX/UI Developer 
  • Content Strategist 
  • Web Designer/Developer 
  • Web/Mobile Designer 
  • Front-end Web Developer/Designer 
  • Back-end Web Developer 

Course Options

  • Diploma in Information Technology 
  • Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) 
  • Graduate Certificate in Interaction Design 
  • Graduate Diploma in Interaction Design 
  • Master of Interaction Design 

Entry Requirements

  • For a Diploma course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or equivalent and attained IELTS 5.5  
  • For a Bachelor’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or a Diploma and attained IELTS between 6.0 / 6.5.  
  • For a Master’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree and attained IELTS between 6.0 / 6.5.  

What courses might you study for your Interaction Design degree in Australia?

  • Social & Mobile Computing 
  • Design Thinking 
  • Web Design 
  • Digital Prototyping
  • Human-Computer Interaction 

Professional Accreditation

For most universities in Australia, their Interaction Design degrees are accredited by the ACS (Australian Computer Society).  

Expected salary as an Interaction Designer in Australia

The medium base annual salary for a graduate in Interaction Design is AU$73,790.   

(Statistics from PayScale Australia)  

School Recommendations

Bachelor’s Level:  

University of Canberra – Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) 

Torrens University – Bachelor of Digital Media (Interaction Design) 


Master’s Level  

La Trobe University – Master of Digital Media (Interaction Design) 

University of Technology Sydney – Master of Interaction Design (Extension) 

Monash University – Master of Interaction Design 

University of Queensland – Master of Interaction Design 

University of Sydney – Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts (with specialisation) 

Interested in studying Interaction Design in Australia?

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