Master Media Design

Interaction Design, Game Design, Connected objects
Creating tomorrow’s connected experiences

The MA in Media Design offers a two-year professional programme based on learning about interactive design for scientific and social innovation. Whether you are a graphic or industrial designer, a general engineer or computer engineer, you will address the technological and societal challenges generated by artificial intelligence and new interfaces.

The first year focuses on workshops, practical courses and work in the laboratory. You will learn to prototype interfaces, smart devices, video games and interactive experiences while broadening your understanding of the issues of user experiences. You will get to familiarise yourself with virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality, machine learning, creative programming and electronics. Some of the workshops take place in collaboration with professionals who will guide your work, and form the basis of your future professional integration network. Theoretical and introductory seminars to research methods complement this programme.

The second year is centred on your MA graduation project which includes a research paper and a practical project. Supervised by a tutor, you will carry out the project from its exploratory to production phase, while reflecting on its related exposure and communication. At the end of the programme you will master the practical, playful, critical as well as experimental aspects of the profession. You will thus be ready to consider career prospects in creative industries, research and entrepreneurship.

Key competencies :
Workshops, seminars and classes are taught in French and English.
Design & Ethnography : usage scenario, design fiction, field research.
Object prototyping : Rhinoceros, Arduino, ESP32, 3D printing and high resolution prototyping techniques
Creative coding : Processing, p5.js, C++
3D & XR : Unity, Cinema 4D, Vuforia
Live & Motion : parametric design and generative design, MadMapper, Adobe After Effects, Ableton live
IA & Machine learning : ML5.js, Python

Teaching language: English. See all language requirements

The Masters in Design are taught in English.

Candidates whose high school diploma or Bachelor's degree was not issued by an English-speaking institution must, after admission, submit by 30 June:

  • a B2-level English language certificate, based on the global scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This certificate must be produced by a language school or other recognized institution.
  • or, a TOEFL test taken no earlier than 1 July 2022, with a minimum score of 92
  • or, an IELTS test taken no earlier than 1 July 2022, with a minimum score of 7.0

If applicants fail to submit one of the aforementioned proofs of English language proficiency by 30 June, the admission offer lapses immediately.

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Download 2023-2024 Master Media Design curriculum

Head of Department


Teaching staff

Invited speakers

Alice Stewart, Matteo Loglio, Studio Z1, Laure Krayenbühl, Constance Delamadeleine, Sabrina Calvo, Trojan Collective, Damien Baïs, Lena Weber, Joana Huguenin, Marta Revuelta, Vytas Jankauskas, Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules, Betrand De Becque, Oscar Lhermite, Joël Vacheron.

Study plan and detailed courses - in French

The MA HES-SO in Design / Media Design is currently a 90 ECTS diploma. As of September 2020, it will be a 120 ECTS diploma.