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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, 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.


Costa Rica: April 2021–March 2022
DEADLINE for COSTA RICA: The application process is open. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. INTERVIEWS After reviewing each application, we will contact qualified candidates individually to schedule telephone interviews. Please be patient—each year we receive hundreds of applications, so the review process takes a while. We will contact ALL applicants to inform them whether or not they have been successful in reaching the interview round.
We will notify individual applicants of their acceptance into the programme at the end of the interview process. We wait until we have interviewed all candidates before making the final selection.
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 enrol, applicants from the waiting list will be offered a place.
One calendar year. The programme will run from:
Costa Rica: April 2021–March 2022 (exact dates TBD)
Copenhagen: Dates TBD
There may be the possibility for some people to continue at CIID in some capacity after the IDP (internship, etc.).
The Interaction Design Programme will take place in a dedicated studio in San José, Costa Rica, with several weeks spent at a research station in the rainforest. Participants will have access to a digital fabrication lab.
CIID is not an accredited institution and therefore we do not award an official degree. The programme focuses on the content and the people involved, rather than formal accreditation. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishments.
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. However, the level of English will be assessed by looking at the applicant's portfolio, their written essay and through the telephone interview.
No. 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.
Participants will be required to pay a highly subsidised tuition fee of 220,000 DKK (approx. 29,500 EUR) or if a company sends an employee, the corporate fee is 300,000 DKK (approx. 40,150 EUR).

CIID already covers more than 50% of the actual cost of the IDP so we are unable to provide further financial aid (* except if you are a Costa Rican student applying for Costa Rica in which case, scholarships are available). 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 at least 3 months before the start of the course. This is especially important for international participants in connection with the visa process. The tuition fee is non-refundable within 2 months of the start date.

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. *Merit based scholarships will be available for Costa Rican students for the Interaction Design Programme in Costa Rica. All students from CR will be considered. If you have not already applied for the programme, please complete the IDP application form first.
Regarding Copenhagen: 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.
Regarding Costa Rica: If you are not from Costa Rica, then you may require a visa to be in the country 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 will be communicated to successful applicants. Please do not apply for a visa without instructions from the admissions team.
No. Participants need to be in the studio for the full duration of the programme. The education at CIID is very much based on a studio culture.
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.
Absolutely, yes. We ask that you invest in an Apple laptop (if you don't have one already).
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.
We do not provide any software or licenses. Therefore we recommend you invest in the Adobe Creative Suite. You may be able to get a discount on this when you get your CIID email. Most of the software we teach is open-source and free e.g. Arduino and HTML/JS.
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.
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. Participants in Copenhagen are lucky to have access to the KADK library which has a vast selection of design books.
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.
We are very proud to say that the employment rate of our graduates working in Interaction Design or reated fields is almost 100%. 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 at CIID. Others choose to remain in academia as students or faculty.
CIID has an incredible international network – academic and professional – which we are more than happy to share with you. Almost everyone manages to find a job related to interaction design within 6 months of graduating – 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.
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.
Due to the high volume of applications we do not have time to give individual feedback on portfolios and/or other documentation.
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.
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.
Most participants manage comfortably on a monthly budget of around 9-10,000dkk (approx. 1200-1300 Euro). This includes food/rent in shared accommodation/socialising/clothes. But, of course this amount varies and is related to personal choices. Some survive on much less and some lucky ones have a bigger budget to live on.
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 anything between 4-7000dkk per month. Of course this depends a little on luck, a good search – and expectations.
Costa Rica also has a wide range regarding living arrangements/costs. We are currently doing some research in to this and will have more information soon.
From experience, it’s not easy to look for a place to live unless you are actually there in person. Landlords are not keen to rent out properties before meeting you face-to-face. Therefore, we recommend that people arrive a little early 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 always launch an online forum 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.