Students who enroll in the Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) program through ICTI take courses at Carnegie Mellon’s HCII and at the University of Madeira’s Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) and complete a master’s degree in HCI over a 16-month period (including the summer, during which students do not take classes, and may travel or pursue other activities).
The MHCI program prepares students to participate in the design and implementation of software systems that can be used easily, effectively and enjoyably. With a Masters in HCI, students are well prepared to contribute to the multi-disciplinary teams that typically construct software systems. Students will become broadly knowledgeable about the techniques for building successful user interfaces, the design principles that make user interfaces visually clear and appealing, and the techniques for identifying needs for software, its success, and the people and organizations that will use their systems.
The program has a high interdisciplinary orientation, with faculty and students spanning computer science, design, and behavioral sciences. The masters takes three semesters to complete, one of which is at Carnegie Mellon and two of which are at the University of Madeira. The curriculum consists of ten conventional semester-long courses and an extensive team-oriented studio/project experience. Students take courses to obtain a broad background in computer science, human behavior, design, and evaluation and assessment, and they may elect to take more advanced courses to deepen their knowledge in a more specific area.
The MHCI capstone project is an eight-month long course, which integrates everything the students have learned in their coursework into one “end-to-end” experience. Students work in interdisciplinary teams with an industry sponsor to produce a working prototype that serves as a proof of concept of a novel service or product idea.
Past and current sponsors in the Portugal program include Portugal Telecom, MEO, Sapo, Critical Software, Promosoft, Novabase, PT Inovação and Vodafone.