Humanities and creative industries (UTC-HIC)

The UTC-Master's degree HIC offers specialty training for students who will be able to combine cross-disciplinary competencies from more than one academic disciplines and who handle problem areas that relate to innovation and complexity. The objective assigned to the course is to provide new skills focusing on human experience centred design, that will enable them to master design processes, innovative technology-intensive products and services implementation.


The Master's degree HIC course contents rely on input from several UTC research teams, notably the COSTECH Lab in the UTC Department Technology and Social Sciences (TSH) but also from the UTC Heudiasyc, BMBI and Roberval Labs in the departments Computer sciences and applications, Bio-engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The scientific expertise provided by these research laboratories and associate platforms focus mainly on the following fields:

  • interaction design, philosophy of technologies and cognitive sciences : COSTECH (EA2223);
  • computer sciences, information and communication sciences and technologies (ICST), decision-taking, and imaging (UMR CNRS Heudiasyc - 7253);
  • health care technologies, under the connected biomedical tools E-Biomed Chair, and the bio-mechanical and bio-engineering laboratory (BMBI UMR CNRS 7338);
  • developments in experimental, protocols and innovative digital techniques used to analyse mechanical and mechatronic systems modelling and design.

Depending on the nature of their training courses, the new UTC-HIC Master's degree graduates will be able to apply for professional positions as experience-designers, interaction designers, UX (user experience) designers in design and ergonomic agencies, designer team or project managers, design strategists graphic designers, ergonomists, RD&I research officers in academics or in the private industrial sector.

Also, depending on the specifics of the desired future professional profile, each student will be allowed to choose the thematic courses that best prepare him/her for a direct recruitment into the entrepreneurial world or with the prospect of pursuing to gain a PhD.

The UTC Master's degree major in HIC involves actors from the socio-economic world and hosts professional experts from the digital sector industries in some of its courses as well as in project-oriented workshops. Through this partnership M1 and M2 students can work out their internships, as well as post-graduates who can intervene in the programme after a three years' professional experience.

The HIC specialties

This UTC-HIC Master's degree major has two separate specialties:

Nota bene: the latter mentioned Master path (DCX) is delivered and taught partly at the école supérieure d'art et de design (ESAD) in Amiens.

Both specialties are organized on the basis of 4 semesters, 3 of which are class-based (S1 to S3) and one (S4) exclusively devoted to a long internship (22 to 24 weeks). A short internship (1 month), coming just after S1or S2 is possible too. S1 includes a core programme (TC) and thematic teaching modules. General scope teaching modules comprise the TC core, these being compatible with the varied professional targets set by the students registered in either specialty. When they reach S2, both specialties focus on thematic courses and project workshops. The same applies to semester S3.

The UXD Master specialty

UXD training is based on the pedagogical principles and means established at UTC: a semester programme and credit course (CC) capitalization; assessment, monitoring and orientation advice also on a semester basis; appointment of a personal counsellor for each student (a member of the UXD teaching staff; three concurring teaching domains - scientific, professional and humanities; long internships in professional settings; an international vista; shared teaching aids and resources; a coherent and progressive programme based on a two years Master's education program, viz., M1 and M2.

An important fraction of the pedagogy employed relies on project workshops which are necessary to attain the objective of being able to design situations and interactions where human experience faces complex technical and social environmental constraints and where experience can evolve in the direction of new cognitive plans. In the framework of the project oriented workshops, the students can develop an original approach in regard to products and services innovation applying a dual skill, i.e., one that is both analytic and creative.

The S4 internship can be carried out In France or elsewhere, in either the COSTECH or HEUDIASYC Labs at UTC or in labs at other HE establishments or in the private sector.

The DCX Master specialty

Class work is conducted half-time at UTC and half-time at the ÉSAD site in Amiens, during semesters S1, S2 and S3 (the last mentioned semester being partly devoted to writing a dissertation at ÉSAD. Semester 4 consists of a project at ÉSAD to obtain a DNSEP diploma and S5 to the long internship (22 to 24 weeks) that serves as the final validation of the Master's degree and the DNSEP.


Responsable de la mention
Charles Lenay
Phone : 03 44 23 43 68 | Contact by email

Responsable Master
Sandrine Morandat
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Francoise Meresse
Phone : 03 44 23 79 53 | Contact by email

Morgane Boufflers
Phone : 03 44 23 73 23 | Contact by email

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