Interaction Design Programme

The positive impact of CIID continues to grow. From 2019, CIID will offer two full time programmes. Learn from the world’s leading practitioners in Costa Rica or Copenhagen.


It is possible to apply to Copenhagen and/or Costa Rica. Find out more about the application process.

The application process for the IDP Costa Rica 2019 (starting in Sept) and Copenhagen 2020 (starting in January) is OPEN! If you are interested in applying, please make sure you are signed up to our mailing list.


The mission of the Interaction Design Programme (IDP) is to teach participants how to design & implement products, services and environments – in line with CIID’s vision to inspire action towards better futures. We place faith in diversity of experience, thinking and culture – and impart skills for teamwork, communication and collaboration, not just technical and design skills.

Following a rigorous selection process, we select people from all over the world to participate in our Interaction Design Programme. Each person brings individual skills with them and the IDP is an effective platform for peer-to-peer learning.

Through an intense curriculum, participants are taught to identify opportunities and to create new applications for technology – but more importantly to humanise technology – through the creation of meaningful, pragmatic and socially relevant concepts that will have a positive impact on people and the planet.

Through the design of software, products and services, 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.

Moving from awareness to action on a specific topic is not always a straight path. We hope that our graduates will go on to design products, systems and services that will act as a catalysts for bigger thinking. There are things people can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle, we need to act on a systemic level. The beauty of interaction design is that it can act a conduit between the individual and the complex systems that governs how we live. Knowing that, we’ve formed collaborative partnerships between industry and education to design products and services that help people adapt and respond to a changing world.

We have chosen Costa Rica as the first location for the Interaction Design Programme outside of Denmark because the country is home to a staggering 6 percent of the world’s biodiversity. This makes it the perfect place to focus on life-centred solutions. Our aim is to learn from and build upon progressive innovation including the fact that the region currently generates more than 99 percent of its electricity using five different renewable sources: hydropower (78%), wind (10%), geothermal energy (10%), biomass, and solar (1%).

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