We believe that people's experience with products and services determine their value in the world. Our alumni and past faculty have found immense value in the Programme: a testament to our offerings.


Our Approach

The Interaction Design Programme

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.



The Interaction Design Programme brings people together from a whole host of backgrounds. The experience can be a natural step in one’s career, or it can be a completely transformative experience. Watch these videos to find out first-hand how the IDP impacted the onward steps of our graduates.

Ana loves to mix the digital with the physical. She believes in diversity in work environments to generate more inclusive products, and in the power of play and exploration to get to creative solutions for positive impact. After graduating from the IDP 2020-21 she took on a project with IDEO.org and the Inter-Development Bank to reimagine the ways migrant populations can be socially and economically integrated into the fabric of their communities. Her Final Project – Luci Lab – won the Interaction category at the Core 77 Awards.

Check out her portfolio: https://anaacevedo.com/

Ana Acevedo

After graduating from the IDP 2020-21, Jose stayed on at CIID as a Creative Technologist. With a background in Industrial Design Engineering combined with his Interaction Design skills, Jose is an expert in lo-fi and hi-fi prototyping. 
His mind works in wonderful ways as expressed through his award winning Final Project: Interface which is an exploration on how to change the human perception of reality. The masks swap a human sense with a non-human sense inspired by three different animals – which enables us to embody the way these other creatures perceive the world.

José Chavarria


Do you love exploring nature as much as city life?

The IDP takes place 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 percent of the world’s biodiversity. As a student, you will be based in San José and will spend a significant amount of time immersed in nature. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore the extraordinary beauty of the 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%).


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





Elements of the curriculum will be taught in nature, in 2020 the students went to Las Cruces’s biological research station - the perfect location to prototype around life-centered 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 through enriching human perception of nature and 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.


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. This means the programme is set-up to run online of in a hybrid model is needed.


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 space, including a digital fabrication lab, which is intrinsic to the work you will do. There is space for networking events, our OPEN Lectures, which will attract the international and local design communities, and of course exhibitions, which will showcase the work and people of the IDP.