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What we look for

As CIID is focused on the broad potential of design and technology, we like to ensure that the Interaction Design Programme has a wide selection of participants and we welcome applicants from all over the world and from all backgrounds. Each year we build a diverse class of up to 25 participants.

You should be curious and creative; enthusiastic about design and working in a cross-disciplinary environment. Whether you’re currently studying or working, you should be interested in the connections between education and interaction design practice. If you are entrepreneurially minded, we will do our best to support selected ideas beyond the IDP in the CIID Nest.

The information below is for January 2016 applicants. The requirements / dates will be updated with information for entry in January 2017 when we launch the next round of the application process (probably in late Feb 2016).


To apply for the Interaction Design Programme, you must have a prior university or college undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience) and submit an application and other supporting documentation. Qualified applicants will be invited for a telephone interview, after which we will make our final selections.

Applicants are expected to have a college degree (typically a Bachelors) or equivalent experience. Your degree should be noted on your transcript, or you should include a description of your comparable experience.

The online application form includes a longer essay (approximately 750 words) about your interest in the programme. Please discuss your previous experience and future plans in the context of the interaction design programme. What do you hope to get out of your time in the programme? What can you contribute? Why are you interested in this particular programme? Please save this as a PDF ready to upload in the application form.

All applications must include a portfolio of work. This doesn’t necessarily need to consist of design projects, but should demonstrate your experience in your field, whatever form it takes (e.g. programming projects or written work). Be sure to indicate your specific role in the works described. Your portfolio may consist of digital or physical material. Please note: we are unable to return any physical items submitted.

Applications should include a CV / résumé. This needs to provide an overview of your educational and work experience, highlighting specific projects, accomplishments, interests and experience of relevance to the programme.

Submit hard copies of recommendation letters from two people familiar with your academic or professional work (see address below). They should discuss your work, strengths, weaknesses and overall ability. The letter should provide a candid assessment of character, creativity, motivation, capabilities and suitability for the programme. These letters should be on headed paper and sent directly from the author to the Interaction Design Programme (c/o Alie Rose). This information will be kept confidential. Emails/PDFs will be accepted but they must come from the company/organisation email address of the person writing the recommendation (send to – attention of Alie Rose).

Submit hard copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (see address below). If you do not have these, you should be able to request a copy of them from your previous institution(s). If these are not in English, you must send certified translations in addition to the originals. Transcripts should include documentation of any degrees awarded. If they do not, send a certified copy of your diploma. Do NOT send the original of your diploma. No documents will be returned. If your studies are still in progress, any offer of admission will be contingent on their successful completion.

Candidates should be proficient in written and spoken English. To this end, all application materials must be personally completed by the candidate. Some candidates may be requested to submit additional writing samples as evidence of their English proficiency. Your ability to communicate well will be carefully assessed if you are invited for a phone interview. We do not ask for English proficiency certificates.


You will need to complete the online application form. It includes basic personal information as well as a personal essay and an upload form for your portfolio and CV / résumé.

No fees are required to apply for admission. However, a non-refundable deposit of 40,000DKK will be charged as soon as an applicant accepts a place on the programme. This guarantees a place on the course.

All 2016 participants will be required to pay a tuition fee of 140,000DKK (approx. 18,500 Euro) or if a company sends an employee, the corporate fee is 250,000DKK (approx. 33,500 Euro). The 40,000DKK deposit is included in this amount. The tuition cost is highly subsidised by CIID who covers more than 50% of the actual cost of the IDP. Therefore, we are unable to provide further financial aid. As a policy we are seeking the highest quality applications and financial factors do not influence the admissions process. CIID is a private institution and therefore Danish, Nordic, European and International participants all pay the same fee.

Financial aid (covering tuition and/or living expenses) may be available from the home country of the applicant. However, it is the applicant’s responsibility to locate financial aid, if required. We encourage people to start researching these possibilities on an individual basis as opportunities and processing speeds vary greatly from country to country.

We will only process completed applications; partial submissions will not be evaluated. Any physical aspects of the application should be sent to the address listed below. Please be sure all items are clearly identified with your name. You may use a delivery or normal postal service and we must have received all items by the deadline. No items will be returned.

We will conduct interviews (in English) of promising candidates. Because the programme is small and in large measure shaped by the participants, we feel it is important to get a more personal sense of the applicants than can be gleaned from just seeing a portfolio and CV. All interviews will be conducted over the phone/skype/hangout to avoid putting at a disadvantage those students unable to come to Copenhagen for an in-person interview. Following the interviews, offers of admission will be made to selected candidates.

Deliverables Checklist

- Completed online application
- Essay (approximately 750 words) about your interest in the programme. Please save this as a PDF ready to upload in the application form. Use the naming convention of:first_lastname_essay
- Resume: Submit this using the relevant file upload field in the online application form. Ensure that this is in PDF format (Word and other formats not accepted). All attachments should use the naming convention of: first_lastname_cv .
- Two letters of recommendation: These letters should be sent directly from the author to the admissions address below.
- Official transcripts of all college or university work
- Portfolio

You may submit a URL for your online portfolio using the relevant field of the online application form.

To submit a digital portfolio: Create a zip archive of your digital portfolio file. Make sure the archive is no bigger then 7MB. Please use standard formats (pdf, swf, ppt, jpg) that do not require the use of any specific software packages. Submit this using the relevant file upload field in the online application. Please use the naming convention of : first_lastname_portfolio for your zip file.

To submit a physical portfolio (print, prototypes, DVD, etc) use the admission address below.


Interaction Design Programme – Admissions
C/O Alie Rose
Head of Education
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
Toldbodgade 37b
1253, Copenhagen K

Application Timeline

Estimated schedule for 2016 application (please check back here for the most up to date information)

The initial deadline was Monday, April 27th – 2015. However, we will continue to accept applications from people who don’t require a visa to be in Denmark for the entire year.

Applications will be reviewed throughout May/June and we will contact qualified candidates on an individual basis to schedule telephone interviews which will take place in mid/late June. We are coming to the end of the initial review process and will be contacting people soon. Please be patient, we have received over 130 applications so the review process takes a while. We will contact ALL applicants to let them know if they have been successful in getting through to the interview round or not.

We will notify individuals of their acceptance into the programme at the end of the interview process. We are aiming to do this by the end of June / beginning of July. Those wishing to accept an offer will be asked to do so before the end of July 2015.

We may decide that there are more qualified applicants than places available. In that case, some applicants may be placed on a waiting list. If accepted applicants do not enroll, applicants from the waiting list will be offered a place.

Course Dates

January-December 2016 (exact dates TBC)