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August 16, 2021 to July 22, 2022 - in San Jose, 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. Each year we receive a large volume of applications, so the review process takes a while. Please be patient. 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: August 16, 2021 to July 22, 2022 There may be the possibility for some people to continue at CIID in some capacity after the IDP (internship/projects, etc.).
The IDP will only run in Costa Rica for 2021-22. The newly renovated 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. Elements of the curriculum will be taught at Las Cruces’s biological research station. Our aim is to run the IDP in person, in the studio. However, if - due to circumstances beyond our control (e.g. Covid-19 restrictions) - we are unable to run classes in person, we have a digital learning platform which enables us to deliver classes remotely as we have done for the IDP 2020.
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.
Individual participants for the IDP 2021 will be required to pay a tuition fee of 260,000 DKK (approx. 35,000 Euro)—or if a company sends an employee, the corporate fee is 300,000 DKK (approx. 40,000 Euro). The 50,000 DKK deposit is included in this amount. The tuition fee is highly subsidised by CIID and we already cover more than 50% of the actual cost of the IDP. Therefore, 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. There are scholarships available for Costa Rican participants. However, CIID is unable to recommend any specific funding sources for international students. Financial aid (covering tuition and/or living expenses) may be available from the home country of the applicant. 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.
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) so we can provide the IT support you might need.
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.
Each student is assigned a complete toolbox. Physical and electronic prototyping materials such as wood, plastic, paper, modeling foam, electronic components etc. are included in the tuition fee. If you need to buy special material not available in the lab/workshop, each project is assigned a budget and 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 as an add-on but it is not compulsory to buy the books. If you choose to, that is up to you.
In short, no. We look for highly talented individuals to form a diverse, 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 - but this of course depends very much on the individual. We cannot guarantee a job at the end of the course but we are proud of the fact that 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.
Living costs can vary wildly depending on your lifestyle so these are just guidelines: An apartment (1 bedroom) in San José will cost you around $900-1100 a month. You can rent a two-bedroom apartment outside of San José for around the same amount. A 2-3 bedroom apartment in the city in case people want to share would be approx. $350-$600 per person (these prices don’t include utilities). Most students manage to keep phone costs low by using whatsapp, Zoom, Skype or Google hangouts to communicate with friends/family. An example of a phone plan: $20 a month for 150 sms to any network in CR, 5GB capacity, 12 Mbps speed with 4G navigation. Free whatsapp. Socialising and eating out can be inexpensive in San Jose. A dish from a typical cafe will cost some $3–7. A cappuccino will cost you around $3 and a Coke/Pepsi around $2. Beer $3.5 (local, mid range bar). If you enjoy home-cooked meals, the best deals on fresh produce can obviously be found at the local farmer’s markets. Supermarkets are widely popular, but also more pricey. The ease of getting around the city is dependent on where you live. Uber is used pretty widely and there are buses. One way ticket bus costs $0.5
CIID does not provide accommodation. Our participants are a diverse group with very different requirements. San Jose has a wide range of living arrangements/costs.
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. 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 and staff, who will be able to advise on topics such as housing.
No. Absolutely not. To date, the youngest student we have ever had was 21 and the oldest was 43. We would be happy tp accept applications from people of all ages as long as they fulfill the academic/professional experience requirements.