Object – Purpose
In Interaction Generative Design the designer is able to define goals and the parameters that affect the design result, such as geometry, material and construction method, and to produce all possible versions of the design problem solution based on selected data (this is the relevance of the design process to evolutionary morphogenesis processes in nature). The designer has the ability to move within different solutions and choose the most suitable. Apart from the design phase, the implemented product can interact with the resident, the visitor or the observer of the space / object, in a continuous transformation, depending on the condition it is called to serve.
Algorithmic design essentially aims to structure a way of thinking about the design management of different design parameters and the construction of the designed product, whether it is space or an action (i.e. performance). These parameters involve both with the geometry of the object or space being designed, and the interaction of the design object with the physical space in which it is intended to be placed. Thus, in combination with the principles of Interaction Generative Design, the product/action designer is able to control, not only the structure and form of the object or space, but also its interaction with the natural space and with its visitor through the design process.
Through Machine Based Algorithmic Design, the designer is able to introduce into the design process the way contemporary machines work. This is a crucial parameter in designing, which mainly determines the structure of the object, as well as the wiring of its individual elements, but in many cases also affects its shape.
Algorithmic design not only organizes the principles around the design of a space or object, but also enters specialized cognitive fields, such as the design of the sound of an action, the design of a performance, where performers interact with space, as well as graphic design, whose structure can be parametrically influenced by the environment in which it is located.
In Greece there is a complete lack of relevant studies, in the subject of Interaction Generative Design, from the process of conception and configuration, to the stage of implementation using contemporary construction methods. This gap will be filled by the Hellenic Open University through the MSc Interaction Generative Design.
ECTS Credits of the Program
The total number of ECTS required for the acquisition of the Master’s degree is 90 ECTS.
Characterization of the Postgraduate Program
Master of Science in Interaction Generative Design (M.Sc. Interaction Generative Design)
Classification according to the UNESCOCode ISCED-2011
Based on the level of study: 7
Classification according to the UNESCOCode ISCED-2013
Based on the field of Education and Training:
0788 Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving engineering, manufacturing and construction in the following sectors:
0731 Architectural urban design and planning
0731 Building design
0731 landscape architecture
0731 Structural architecture
0211 Graphic design
0211 Interactive media design
0212 Design of Industrial Products
0212 Interior Architecture
0612 Computer media application
0613 Computer programming
Language of instruction
The language of instruction of the program, as well as of the Master’s thesis, is English.
Duration of studies
The minimum duration for the completion of the program. The minimum duration of study is one and a half (1 ½) academic years, i.e. three (3) semesters.
Students will be able to:
The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines holding a B2 certification in the English language. The programme is offered in English.
The knowledge of an extra foreign language except the language of the programme and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.
Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)
For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.
The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.
Certification of English language competency at level B2
English competency (level B2) is proven according to article 10, Presidential Decree 85/2022 “Determination of qualifications for appointment in the public sector (Qualification-Department)” (Α΄ 232), in combination with Part C΄ and namely “LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES ” of no. 20/01.02.2023 “Amendment of no. 94/20.6.2022 of the decision of the SUPREME COUNCIL FOR CIVIL PERSONNEL SELECTION (ASEP)”Procedure for determining the fixed parts of the content of staff selection announcements based on predetermined and objective criteria (Articles 28 – 30 of Law 4765/2021 ) (B’ 3614)” (B’ 594) with language proficiency certificates.
The table below shows the language certificates -level (B2) of English Competency that are accepted as well as the issuing body.
Certification of English competency at level B2 can be proved as follows:
English competency (level B2) is also proven with certificates of other institutions (not limited to universities) of an equivalent level, irrespective of their legal form, provided they are certified or recognized by the competent authority of the country concerned for conducting examinations and issuing certificates of proficiency in English at the appropriate level. These certificates must be accompanied by a proof document from the issuing body that both the issuing body and the language certificate competency are certified by the competent national authority and also and that the certification also concerns the evaluation of basic communication skills (written language production, oral language production, written language comprehension and oral language comprehension).
If there is no certification or recognition body in the country concerned, a certificate from the relevant Ministry or Embassy of Greece is required, confirming that the certificates issued by the above bodies to third parties for whom English is not a native language are accepted in public services of that country as valid evidence of English at the appropriate level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The competent regulatory authority for Great Britain is the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
The Postgraduate Program “Interaction Generative Design” is structured in three (3) academic semesters, which include six (6) compulsory Course Modules(CMs) and the preparation of a Master’s Thesis. The minimum duration of study is one and a half (1 1/2) academic years. The successful completion of the six (6) CMs as well as the successful preparation and presentation of the Master’s Thesis is mandatory for the acquisition of the Master’s degree.
|IGD50 Interactive Design Theory||(M¹, 10 ECTS)|
|IGD51 Geometric concepts in Algorithmic design 1||(M, 10 ECTS)|
|IGD52 Introduction to Algorithmic design||(M, 10 ECTS)|
|IGD53 Geometric concepts in Algorithmic design 2||(M, 10 ECTS)|
|IGD54 Digital Fabrication Techniques||(M, 10 ECTS)|
|IGD55 Interactions: Algorithmic Sound, Image, Space||(M, 10 ECTS)|
|IGDDEDissertation Thesis||(M, 30 ECTS)|
Instructions for the selection of CMs.
You can choose from one (1) to three (3) CMs per semester (30 ECTS).
The selection of the CMis made in the order that the program structure follows.
For example, in the first semester, if you wish to choose one (1) CM, you must enrollin IGD50. If you wish to select two (2) CMs, you must enroll onIGD50 and IGD51. If you wish to select three (3) CMs, you must select IGD50, IGD51 and IGD52.
The choice of IGD53 presupposes the successful attendance of IGD51.
The choice of IGD54 presupposes the successful attendance of IGD52.
The choice of IGD55 presupposes the successful attendance of IGD52.
During the CMenrollmentprocess, the CM of the previous semester must be completed first and then the CM of the next semestershould be selected.
The preparation of the Master’s thesis (IGDDE) presupposes the successful attendance of all six (6) CMs.
The vivaexam of the Master’s thesis presupposes the successful completion of all Thematic Units of the Program.
In order to obtain the Master’s degree, the successful completion of six (6) CMs, as well as the successful completion and presentation of the Master’s thesis, is mandatory.
Stylianos Zerefos, Professor at the School of Applied Arts and Sustainable Design of the Hellenic Open University (Head of the Committee)
Nikolaos Kourniatis, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of West Attica (Member of the Committee)
Socrates Yiannoudes, Associate Professor, Department of Interior Architecture, University of West Attica (Member of the Committee)
Student tuition fees for the Postgraduate Programme : 300 € per Module and 1,200€ the dissertation. The total cost of the Postgraduate Programme is 3,000€