Specialty - Design and Experience Creation (DCX)

The Design and Experience creation specialty (DCX) is a dual course, combining as it does the UXD contents provided at UTC with the Digital Design Course offered by ESAD (Ecole supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens). DCX underscores the role of designers and graphic artist creators when it comes to designing digitized objects that incorporate user experience and feedback. Understanding correctly symbolic systems and the conceptual capacity to process visual information enables the graphic artist ‘author’ to address the question of interfaces from an object creator’s point of view, focusing on real-life user experience and feedback. Graphic designers - as creators of a digital experience – in essence orchestrating a “visual fact”, implementing the technological possibilities found in the Digital Design course at ESAD, while deploying a foresight prospective line of thought as to the uses specific to UXD as taught at UTC. This presupposes that thought be given to the way we perceive images and interactions. It also implies that we have the capacity to rethink static, animated or interactive data organization and relies on gesture know-how that derives from the way we learn to write, making full use of the 2D or 3D possibilities of the digital world.

Course content

Lectures and class work are done half at ESAD, Amiens, half at UTC, Compiegne. Pedagogy here calls for pluridisciplinary project team work and training ensures the students find themselves in close contact with the key actors in associate professional and research sectors. The 'contacts' take the form of:

  • guest lecturers, both academics and industrialists,
  • projects focusing on human Interactions with the outside world via technology
  • workshops conducive to seeing ideas emerge, starting with concept proving to functional demonstrators,
  • acquiring the skills of graphic arts, creation of visuals, interaction design and video games,
  • acquisition of knowledge relevant to the technical aspects (people-systems dialogues,cognition intensive technologies, multimodal actions, straight/mixed/enhanced virtual reality (VR), nomad, ubiquitous and tangible interfaces, human factors (analysis of processes, user feedback and experience, cognitive ergonomics, usability, use(r) sociology, data analysis, enactive approach, enhanced, situation and/or distribution cognition,
  • mastery of knowledge to correctly analyse, formalize and predict the forms as of instrumented interactive experience, especially in collective contexts, as well as conducting a design process up to and including the functional demonstrator which implies also a mastery of computer science, IT and mechatronics to design and assemble a prototype.

Professional Objectives

Designer graduates, viz., those who successfully complete the DCX course, can become independent designers, working alone or with a digital design agency, or as salaried design engineers with a company or a major groups specialised in the field (interfaces, connected objects, IoT, telecoms, video games ...).

Double Master's degree in Digital design

UTC (its Master's Degree in the specialty Humanities and Creative Industries (HIC)) and the Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design d'Amiens (ESAD) have jointly agreed to award a double degree - combining the UTC Master's degree and the national diploma in Arts and Design (DNSEP, equivalent to a Master's degree).

The first three semesters are spent 'fifty-fifty' at UTC and at ESAD, Amiens. The former site focuses on man/world interactions with strong inputs from technologies. Teaching at Amiens analyses design interfaces and information-design concepts and practice.

During their second and third semesters, the 'double-degree' students prepare a first dissertation on a subject that has been agreed to by ESAD.

Their last semester is devoted to a lab project (or in a non-academic business setting) leading to a practical mock-up project - the topic being mutually agreed by UTC and ESAD - that integrates design, a dissertation and an oral presentation of the work accomplished.

Each semester represents 30 credit points spread over courses in science, technology and design and a complement for language and other social science courses taken.

Admission procedure to register for the Double Master's degree in Digital design

The application file can be downloaded from UTC; there are some complements required by ESAD, Amiens. Candidates for the double degree should tick BOTH boxes: M1 Humanities and Creative Industries (HIC) AND 'double degree UTC/ESAD. Your letter of motivation should explicitly express and defend your objectives in taken this double degree.

Candidates approved by the Master's degree admission juries will be submitted for second approval by ESAD, Amiens and then invite to pass a day of admission 'tests', in July at Amiens.


Responsable de la spécialité
Pascal Jolivet
Phone : 03 44 23 73 20 | Contact by email

Responsable Master
Sandrine Morandat
Contact by email

Francoise Meresse
Phone : 03 44 23 79 53

Formation continue
Phone : 03 44 23 46 29

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