FAQs 2016

When is the application deadline?
We will continue to accept applications as long as there are places available. There is a limit of 20 participants per workshop.

Is there a selection process?
No. Once you have made the payment, you have been automatically enrolled in the workshop/s of your choice.

Is this a credit course?
CIID is not accredited and therefore we are not able to award credits directly for completion of the summer school. However, it may be possible to get credits from your own academic institution but you would need to agree this with your professor.

Which workshop should I choose?
Only you can decide which workshop(s) 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 workshops 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 all 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 multiple workshops, the weekends will be free for you to enjoy some time off in the capital city.

How much interaction design experience do I need?
None, some or lots. We encourage a multidisciplinary studio so 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. If specific prior knowledge is required, this will be specified in the workshop description.

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. We don´t require any English language certifications.

What kind of equipment should I bring?
A laptop is required, CIID does not have spare ones for you to borrow. The studio will have WiFi access and a printer. Digital video/cameras would be incredibly useful to document your experience. If you have one bring your Arduino board and any special sensors that you might be interested in experimenting with. You will have access to the CIID prototyping lab which includes a laser cutter, 3d printer and a good selection of electronic components. There is also a woodwork shop which you can use – at your own risk – but only if you have previous knowledge of the machines.

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 possible. We advise you to organise cancellation insurance for the unlikely possibility that the Summer School doesn´t go ahead.

Discounted airfare can be found through websites such as: www.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.

Will I need a visa?
If you are not sure if you need a visa be in Denmark, please check here:

Can you provide me with a Letter of Acceptance to the programme that will support my visa application?
Absolutely, just send us an email requesting the document.

Where will I sleep?
Accommodation is not included in the tuition fee. There are a number of relatively cheap options available including hostels, AirBnB 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 closed Summer School Facebook group 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. There will be time in the evenings and weekends for socialising and urban explorations.

Is there a discount for participating in the full four week programme?
Yes. The total cost for four weeks would be 22,000DKK instead of 24000DKK, or 20000 DKK instead of 22000 DKK for students.

Is there a discount for IDP Alumni?
Yes. We offer a 10% discount for our Interaction Design Programme Alumni. If you are eligible for this discount please contact p.baxova@ciid.dk for more details.

How do I pay?
When you submit your application, you will be asked to immediately pay the amount in full via credit/debit card. After you have completed the application form, you will be sent an email with a link for you to proceed to payment. The amount will vary depending on how many workshops you have signed up for. This automatically holds a place on the course you have selected. Please note that 3000DKK per week will be held as a non-refundable deposit should you decide to not attend.

What if I don’t have a credit/debit card?…or if the amount is too high for a single transaction?
Please don’t worry. If this is the case, you can reply to the application confirmation email you will be sent after completing the application form online and we will send you an invoice so you can make a bank transfer. There may be costs associated with this method of payment and those costs should be paid by you.

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

Is there financial aid or scholarship available?
CIID is not able to offer any financial aid or scholarships for this programme. However, this may be available from your home country, it is your responsibility to research funding opportunities.

What if one or more of my workshops are cancelled for some reason?
If in the unlikely event that any of your workshops are cancelled we will offer you the opportunity to participate in one of the other workshops. If you decide to not attend an alternative workshop, we will refund you in full for the cancelled workshop.