FAQs

When is the application deadline?
We will continue to accept applications as long as there are places available.

How much does it cost?
5,000DKK per week (approx. 660 Euro) – this include tuition, prototyping materials and 24-hour access to the studio/workshop.

How do I pay?
When you are accepted we will send you an invoice so you can make a bank transfer for the total cost of the tuition fee. 3000DKK will be held as a non-refundable deposit should you decide to not join the course. It is not possible to pay by credit card or pay-pal.

What is included in the tuition?
The tuition fee covers the workshop and materials. It does not include accommodation, meals or transportation.

Is a portfolio required?
Preferably, yes. But if you don’t come from a design background or you don’t have a portfolio for other reasons, please send at least one example of work – this can be code, a piece of writing or small selection of photos from a project you have worked on it the past.a

Is this a credit course?
No.

Which workshop should I choose?
Only you can decide which course would suit you better. Despite the workshops focussing on different contexts, some naturally lead in to one another and there maybe some crossover in terms of the skills and tools you learn. Some of the classes will focus more on tangible outcomes, others will provide the possibility to create work on-screen. Video/photo documentation will be encouraged by many of the faculty..

If my first choice of workshop is full, can I sign up for the other course?
Yes, absolutely. There is a limited number of places on each workshop but we will do our best to make sure that you can attend your first choice. If this is not possible, you can go on a waiting list, or we will offer you the chance to participate in the other workshop.

Who will I meet?
You will have the possibility to mingle with participants from both workshops and there will be some joint social events in the evenings. From a team building perspective you will build close relationships with your peers – and of course if you are doing a 2 week workshop, the middle weekend will be free for you to enjoy some time off in the capital city (unless you choose to stay in the studio, which is fine by us!).

How much interaction design experience do I need?
None, some or lots. We are looking for a diverse group of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. This approach enables peer-to-peer learning and interesting group discussions.

Do I need prior knowledge of specific software/hardware/electronics?
Some applicants may already be experts in programming and electronics, others will have no experience at all. The idea is that skills will cross-pollinate across the group via teamwork and collaboration.

However, we strongly encourage you to download Processing and Arduino to familiarise yourself with these open source (and therefore, free!) tools as they may well come in handy for many of the workshops. You could even go ahead and purchase an Arduino board as this will be useful if you want to produce an interactive prototype and take it home afterwards.

What is the language of instruction?
The official language of CIID is English. Many of the faculty and staff at the institute are fluent in other languages but all summer school communication and materials will be delivered in English.

What kind of equipment should I bring?
A laptop is required. The studio will have WiFi access and a printer. Digital cameras and hand-held video recorders would be incredibly useful. Bring your Arduino board and any special sensors if you’re interested in experimenting with them – the electronics lab has a good selection of components. You will have access to the CIID prototyping lab which includes a laser cutter and 3d printer. There is also a woodwork shop which you can use – at your own risk – but only if you have previous knowledge of the machines.

Am I required to pay a deposit?
Yes. On acceptance you will be asked to pay in full before a specific date. A 3000DKK deposit will be held back if you decide not to come.

Is there financial aid or scholarship available?
There is no financial aid or scholarships for this programme.

Does CIID cover health & safety insurance for participants?
No. You are responsible for organising your own insurance. This is important given that you could be using the woodshop and other machinery.

Are flights included in the fee?
No, this should be organised and paid for by the individual.

What are the best flights?
When booking your flight, you will need to arrive at least one day before the start of the workshop to check in to your accommodation. Several airlines have direct flights to Copenhagen. Some long-haul flights may go via London, Frankfurt or Amsterdam. Participants are responsible for their own flight arrangements. To get the best deal, please book your flights as soon as you have been notified of your acceptance on to the summer school.

Discounted airfare can be found through websites such as: http://en.momondo.com, www.expedia.com, www.travelocity.com and www.cheaptickets.com. It’s possible group rates are available if there are enough people coming from one city but this would need to be organised directly with your airline.

Where will I sleep?
Accommodation is not included in the tuition fee. There are a number of relatively cheap options available including hostels, B&B and small hotels. We will provide participants with a list of these. It is up to the individual to find and book accommodation. Denmark is wonderful in the summer so we would encourage you to book extra days for your stay in Copenhagen to explore the city and further afield.

Can I share accommodation?
This is up to the individual – we will set up a password protected summer school forum for participants to get to know each other a little before their arrival in Copenhagen. Room/apartment sharing can be discussed here. Groups of people have shared in the past by one person taking responsibility to book a large apartment through airbnb or similar websites. This is a great (and often cheaper) option.

Am I required to be present every day of the workshop or can I explore the city?
The programme will be intense as there is a lot to learn in a short period of time. Irrelevant of which course you plan to attend, you will be expected to be in the studio every working day – unless another off-site location has been specified by the faculty. We cannot offer discounts to those who miss days for any reason, including illness.