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Before submitting your application, make sure you carefully read the information on the curriculum and the list of frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find what you are looking for then please email admissions@ciid.dk.

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.


When will the next course start?

January 2019.

What is the review/interview schedule for entry in 2019?

The initial deadline is Friday, May 4th – 2018. However, the application process will remain open on a rolling basis until the final selection is made. Applications received on/before the initial deadline will be given priority.

Applications will be reviewed from May onwards and we will contact qualified candidates on an individual basis to schedule telephone interviews in June. Please be patient, we receive over 150 applications and this can take some time. We will contact ALL applicants to let them know if they have been invited for an interview, or not.


We will notify individual applicants of their acceptance into the programme at the end of the interview process – usually before the end of July. We wait until we have interviewed all candidates before making the final selection.

Waiting List

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.

What is the duration of the programme?

One calendar year. The programme will run from January to December (exact dates TBC). There may be the possibility for some people to continue at CIID in some capacity after this period (internship, CIID NEST etc).

Where will the programme take place?

The Interaction Design Programme will take place in a dedicated studio in Copenhagen. Participants will have access to workshops, an electronics lab and a wood-shop.

What type of certificate/degree will students receive?

The programme focuses on the content and the people involved, rather than formal accreditation. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a diploma acknowledging their accomplishments.

What is the language of instruction?

The official language of the institute is English. Many of the faculty and staff at the institute are fluent in other languages but all Interaction Design Programme communication and materials will be delivered in English. We do not require an English language proficiency certificate.

Will I have time to freelance work during the programme?

This is a full-time programme and we ask that you do not undertake outside work during the year. The course is intense and often involves late nights and some weekends. People have tried doing freelance work on the side in the past and found it stressful.

How much does the programme cost?

IDP 2019 participants will be required to pay a highly subsidised tuition fee of 200,000DKK (approx. 26,000 Euro) or if a company sends an employee, the corporate fee is 250,000DKK (approx. 33,500 Euro). CIID already covers more than 50% of the actual cost of the IDP so 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.

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.

CIID is a private institution and therefore, Danish, Nordic, European and International participants all pay the same fee. If offered a place on the programme, participants will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of 50,000DKK. This will hold a place on the course. The remainder should be paid before mid-October. This is especially important for international participants in connection with the visa process.

Physical and electronic prototyping materials such as wood, plastic, paper, modeling foam, electronic components etc. are included in the tuition fee. Each course is assigned a budget and the people are asked to stay within that. 24 hr access to the studio and prototyping lab is free.

Do I need a visa to participate in the IDP?

If you are not from the EU or Nordic Region then you may require a visa to be in Denmark for the duration of the programme. Being offered a place on the programme does not guarantee a visa as this is an entirely separate administration process that CIID has no control over. The visa process for International students for the IDP 2019 will be communicated to successful applicants. Please do not go ahead and apply for a visa without instructions from the admissions team.

Can I participate remotely or on a part-time basis?

No. Participants need to be in CPH for the full duration of the programme. The education at CIID is very much based on a studio culture.

I don’t want to participate in the full year, can I attend for one semester?

No. The demand for this course is very high so we expect that people applying to the Interaction Design Programme are able to attend the whole year.

Do I need my own laptop?

Absolutely, yes. The overwhelming majority bring Apple laptops.

Do I need my own camera with HD video?

Yes. Documentation and video prototyping plays a very important role throughout the entire year. Therefore, we ask that you bring a good digital camera with HD video.

What software will I need?

We do not provide any software or licenses. Most of the software we teach (Arduino, Processing etc) is open-source and therefore, free.

What materials do I need to buy for the course?

Physical and electronic prototyping materials such as wood, plastic, paper, modeling foam, electronic components etc. are included in the tuition fee. Each course is assigned a budget and the people are asked to stay within that.

What books do I need to buy for the course?

You are not asked to buy any specific books before or during the course. We may recommend reading lists but it is not compulsory to buy the books. If you choose to, that is up to you.

Do you look for a specific participant profile/background?

In short, no. We look for highly talented individuals to form a multi-disciplinary group of participants. The important thing is that people are prepared to work in a team, to share their knowledge and have a positive attitude towards learning in a studio based environment. People come from all backgrounds, all around the world, are different ages and are at various stages in their career.

Where do people work after they have completed the Interaction Design Programme?

Our fast growing network of alumni are scattered far across the globe. Some work in agencies such as IDEO, Frog Design, Method, Fjord and Smart Design. Some work in companies/organisations such as the BBC, Microsoft Research, The New York Times and Lego. Many have set up their own design studios. A number of IDP alumni are also now working in the CIID Consultancy or working on their own projects in the CIID Nest. Others choose to remain in academia as students or faculty.

Can you guarantee me a job after graduation?

CIID has an incredible international network – academic and professional – which we are more than happy to share with you. Most people manage to find a job related to interaction design within a few months of graduating – in fact some manage to secure a job before the end of the year – but this of course depends very much on the individual. We cannot guarantee a job at the end of the course but the employment record of previous graduates is high.

I am not a designer and don’t have a portfolio, what should I submit?

If you don’t have a visual portfolio/website, you can submit other work samples such as papers, presentations or articles that you might have written (or have been written about you!).

Is it possible for you to review my portfolio or other application materials before I submit my application?

Due to the high volume of applications we do not have time to give individual feedback on portfolios and/or other documentation.

Will you notify me when my letters of recommendation or transcripts are delivered?

Due to the large number of individual documents coming in we are not able to do this. However, if you are concerned about a specific document, you are welcome to contact us to make sure your application is complete.

Do I need prior knowledge of specific software/hardware/electronics?

Some people are already experts in software, others have no programming experience at all. Some were born with a soldering iron in their hand and others have yet to learn how to make an LED flash. We ensure that there is a balanced team of participants and enough faculty support for people to learn how to make prototypes work.

What is the average monthly budget for living in Copenhagen?

Most participants manage comfortably on a monthly budget of around 10,000dkk (approx. 1300 Euro). This includes food/rent in shared accommodation/socialising/clothes. But, of course this amount varies from person to person. Some survive on much less and some lucky ones have a bigger budget to live on.

Where do participants live?

CIID does not provide accommodation. Our participants are a diverse group with very different requirements. Copenhagen is a small, easy-to-get-around, safe place – and people live in private apartments all over the city. Some choose to share apartments with others on the programme. The average rent for a room seems to be between 4-7000dkk per month. Of course this depends a little on luck, a good search – and expectations.

From experience, it’s not easy to look for a place to live unless you are actually here in person. Landlords are not keen to rent out properties before meeting you face-to-face. Therefore, we recommend that people arrive in Copenhagen and stay in temporary accommodation to look for housing a few weeks before the start of the year. As per most years, we hope that some of our current participants will be happy to hand over their apartments.

We will launch an online forum, well in advance of the start of the year. Future participants will have the opportunity to ‘meet’ current participants, alumni and staff, who will be able to advise on topics such as housing.

Is there an age restriction in applying for the course?

No. Absolutely not.