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Please note: we will only review applications that are complete. Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to give individual feedback on portfolios and/or other documentation.

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; a team-player; and 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.


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 3-years of equivalent experience. Your degree should be noted on your transcript, or you should include a description of your comparable experience.

We ask that applicants write an essay (approximately 750-1000 words) about your interest in the programme. The essay should 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 – skills wise and personally? Why are you interested in this particular programme? Save this as a PDF. No other file formats will be accepted. Instructions on how to upload this will be included in the email you receive after your online application form has been submitted.

All applications must include an online portfolio of work. This doesn’t necessarily need to consist of design projects, but should demonstrate your experience in your field – and evidence of your previous work, whatever form it takes (e.g. programming projects or written work). Be sure to indicate your specific role in the works described. If you do not already have an online portfolio, we strongly advise you to create one. There are numerous companies that provide software/templates you can use to create a beautiful website (e.g. Tumblr, Squarespace, WordPress). If your website requires a password please include this in the notes section of the online application.

We only accept online portfolios. We will not review any physical items (printed portfolios/DVDs/CDs).

If for some reason you are not able to provide a website URL, we ask that you upload your portfolio in the form of a single PDF together with your CV / résumé. Instructions on how to do this will be included in the email you receive after your online application form has been 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. Instructions on how to upload your CV will be included in the email you receive after your online application form has been submitted.

Please ask two people familiar with your academic or professional work to email recommendation letters in the form of a headed/branded PDF. These should be sent C/O Admissions Team ( directly from the company/organisation email address of the person writing the recommendation. We will not accept emails that have been forwarded by applicants. The letters should discuss the applicant’s work, strengths, weaknesses and overall ability. It should provide a candid assessment of character, creativity, motivation, capabilities and suitability for the programme. This information will be kept confidential.

Submit hard copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (see postal address below). If you do not have these, you will 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 50,000DKK will be charged as soon as an applicant accepts a place on the programme. This payment will hold a place on the course.

Individual participants for the IDP 2017 will be required to pay a tuition fee of 150,000DKK (approx. 20,000 Euro) – or if a company sends an employee, the corporate fee is 250,000DKK (approx. 33,500 Euro). The 50,000DKK deposit is included in this amount. The tuition fee 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/companies all pay the same fee.

Financial aid (covering tuition and/or living expenses) may be available from the home country of the applicant. CIID cannot recommend any specific sources for funding. 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. Danish students are not entitled to SU as CIID is an independent entity.

We will only process completed applications; partial submissions will not be evaluated. Any physical aspects of the application (i.e. the transcripts/copy of diplomas) should be sent to the address listed below. Please make sure that 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.

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. Therefore, we will conduct verbal interviews – in English – with promising candidates. 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. Offers of admission will only be made after we have interviews all potential candidates. This is because we spend time curating the best group of students, not just the best individuals.

Deliverables Checklist

– Completed online application
– Essay (approximately 750-1000 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 headed/branded PDF letters should be emailed directly from the author to
– Official transcripts of all college or university work (sent to the postal address below)
– Online portfolio*. You will be asked to submit the URL in the relevant field of the online application form.

*If you do not have an online portfolio, to submit a digital portfolio: create a single PDF and upload it to a file hosting service (such as dropbox or google drive) and submit the link to that file. Please that do not include files that require the use of any specific software packages. Your PDF should be saved using the naming convention of : first_lastname_portfolio


Interaction Design Programme
C/O Admissions
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
Toldbodgade 37b
1253, Copenhagen K

Application Timeline

Estimated schedule for 2018 application (please check back here for the most up to date information)

The application round for IDP 2017 has been closed. We will open the application process for IDP 2018 in the early spring of 2017.

Applications will be reviewed from May onwards and we will contact qualified candidates on an individual basis to schedule telephone interviews. Please be patient, each year we receive approximately 150 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. Offers of admission will only be made after we have interviews all potential candidates. This is because we spend time curating the best group of students, not just the best individuals.

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.


January-December 2017 (exact dates TBC)