Official course description:
Full info last published 15/05-22

Designing Aesthetic User Experiences

Course info
Language:
English
ECTS points:
7.5
Course code:
KADEAUE1KU
Participants max:
45
Offered to guest students:
yes
Offered to exchange students:
yes
Offered as a single subject:
yes
Price for EU/EEA citizens (Single Subject):
10625 DKK
Programme
Level:
MSc. Master
Programme:
MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies
Staff
Course manager
Associate Professor
Course semester
Semester
Efterår 2022
Start
29 August 2022
End
31 January 2023
Exam
Exam type
ordinær
Internal/External
ekstern censur
Grade Scale
7-trinsskala
Exam Language
GB
Abstract
Creating aesthetic user experiences requires designers to pay attention to all the subjective, sensorial and emotional qualities that can make a design delightful, pleasant and interesting to users. This course offers a theoretical and methodological foundation for thinking about aesthetics in your design projects. The course is structured around practical design projects addressing challenges from external partners in the cultural sector and/or the creative industries.
Description

An important part of designing attractive user experiences is aesthetics: That is, all the subjective, sensorial and emotional qualities that can make a design delightful, pleasant and interesting to users. This course offers a theoretical and methodological foundation for thinking about aesthetics in your design projects. The course is structured around practical design projects addressing challenges from external partners in the cultural sector and/or the creative industries.

Please note, that this is NOT a course in graphic design or (primarily) visual design. Our focus is on the aesthetic and experiential qualities in interactions with technology.

Themes: 

  • experience design,
  • humanistic HCI,
  • HCI in museums,
  • hybrid design,
  • meaning-making.
Skills learned: ideation techniques and concept development for aesthetic experiences, experience prototyping, managing creative design processes.

Formal prerequisites

This course is an elective on the 3rd semester of the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies. 

Students interested in enrolling in this course are expected to have followed KDDIT 1st semester courses in design and programming or similar. 

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Create innovative user experiences for entertainment and/or cultural purposes (e.g. for employers in the creative and cultural industries, the cultural sector etc.)
  • Apply theory about aesthetics and experience design to practical design of user experiences
  • Build, test and evaluate experience prototypes with emphasis on their experiential qualities
Learning activities

Project work, lectures, exercises, feedback, peer-to-peer feedback

Course literature

The course literature is published in the course page in LearnIT.

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 20%
  • Lectures: 15%
  • Exercises: 15%
  • Project work, supervision included: 40%
  • Other: 10%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
C1G: Submission of written work for groups
Exam submisson description:
Semester projects, group report + individual essay.
Group submission:
Group and individual
  • Group size 3-5 students (expected)

Time and date
Ordinary Exam - submission Mon, 9 Jan 2023, 08:00 - 14:00