Interaction Design Programme

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The mission of the Interaction Design Programme (IDP) is to teach participants how to design and implement products, services, and environments in line with CIID’s vision to inspire action toward better futures. We place faith in diversity of experience, thinking, and culture—and impart skills for teamwork, communication, and collaboration, not just technical and design skills.

Following a rigorous selection process, we choose individuals from all over the world to participate in our Interaction Design Programme. The unique skills that each participant brings make the IDP an effective platform for peer-to-peer learning.

Through an intensive curriculum, participants are taught to identify opportunities for innovative problem solving and to create new applications for technology—but more importantly to humanise technology through the creation of meaningful, pragmatic, and socially relevant concepts that will have a positive impact on people and the planet, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Through the design of software, products, and services, we apply a hands-on and life-centred approach to interaction design. We believe in early, iterative, and rapid prototyping as an integral part of the entire design process.

Moving from awareness to action on a specific topic is not always a straight path. We hope that our graduates will go on to design products, systems, and services that act as a catalyst for more expansive thinking. There are things people can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle; we need to act on a systemic level. The beauty of interaction design is that it can act a conduit between the individual and the complex systems that govern how we live. Knowing that, we’ve formed collaborative partnerships between industry and education to design products and services that help people adapt and respond to a changing world.



Picture yourself in the perfect place to focus on life-centred solutions.

The IDP 2021-22 will run in Costa Rica. We have chosen this country as the first location for the IDP outside of Denmark because it is home to a staggering 6% of the world’s biodiversity.  You will be based in San José and will also spend a significant amount of time immersed in nature. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to explore this extraordinarily beautiful country. Our aim is to learn from and build upon progressive innovation, including the fact that the region currently generates more than 99 percent of its electricity using five different renewable sources: hydropower (78%), wind (10%), geothermal energy (10%), biomass, and solar (1%).

Urban Space

The newly renovated CIID studio in San José has been designed by Gensler Architects specifically around the needs of our collaborative, hands-on approach to education. It encompasses indoor and outdoor areas, including a digital fabrication lab which is intrinsic to the work you will do. There is space for networking events, OPEN Lectures which will attract the international/local design communities – and of course exhibitions which will showcase the work and people of the IDP. 

Natural World

Elements of the curriculum will be taught at Las Cruces’s biological research station – the perfect location to prototype around life-centred design. Las Cruces is part of the Organization of Tropical Studies. Their purpose is to sustain the tropical ecosystems by driving scientific discovery and knowledge by enriching human perception of nature and by enhancing worldwide policy actions in the tropics. It is a hub that brings together scientists, artists, outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers – and now, designers from CIID.

Virtual Platform

CIID Digital Learning is an educational platform that has been set up to deliver live, online classes and lectures. The platform enables you to work together in remote teams and to have direct contact with faculty. It is a social, dynamic, and engaging way to communicate and collaborate from a distance.


The information below will help guide you through the application process.


Need-based scholarships are available for the Interaction Design Programme in Costa Rica. Only citizens of Costa Rica will be considered. If you are a citizen of Costa Rica and are interested in applying for a scholarship, please complete the IDP application form first before following the instructions on the scholarship application page.