I work in a division that develops new play concepts for LEGO. We work with the early phases of product development, including prototyping and tests. The job is a great fit with my degree. On my programme we made prototypes of all the concepts we developed. Working with prototypes in our studies means a lot for the way we approach projects. We take a very practical approach and we can quickly produce something concrete that can move the development process along.
MORTEN BOYE MORTENSEN
Graduate, MSc in IT Product Development
Digital concept designer at LEGO
The MSc in IT Product Development is based at the Department of Computer Science and offered in collaboration with the Aarhus School of Architecture. The degree programme is organised by the Department of Computer Science, but the variety of the lecturers’ backgrounds means that subjects are included both from computer science and from industrial design at the Aarhus School of Architecture.
During the first year of the MSc programme, a number of required courses are held in the following research priority areas: physical and spatial design (designing interactive IT products and environments); advanced web technology (programming and applying dynamic web applications and technologies); and interaction design for pervasive computing (designing, constructing and implementing software for pervasive and mobile IT units). These are followed by an innovation project.
During the second year, students complete an MSc thesis that counts as 30 ECTS credits. Elective courses provide students with the opportunity to specialise in fields including technical video and sound, strategic design, and computer graphics.
The Department of Computer Science is located in IT City Katrinebjerg, where Aarhus University has consolidated all its IT degree programmes and research. IT City is the base for several IT-related companies and facilitates contact between education, research and the business community, providing the ideal basis for advanced technological innovation. As the largest IT education centre in Denmark, with approximately 1,600 students and more than 200 researchers, IT City is an exciting study environment. This multidisciplinary starting-point, unique to Aarhus University, provides great opportunities in IT for students, researchers and the business community.
The department has well-equipped lecture theatres, flexible rooms which are ideal for working in groups, offices for writing your thesis, a library, and a large joint canteen. Thanks to the department’s collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Visualisation and Interaction (CAVI), students have access to a 3D panorama cinema, a virtual studio, and advanced light-technology equipment.
As an IT product development graduate, you will be particularly qualified to develop IT products and digital and physical interface applications supplemented by web-based services. Your job opportunities include developing media and navigation equipment for motor vehicles, mobile applications, energy and media control equipment for homes, experience and learning installations for museums and attractions, and developing technology for the health sector. Based on multidisciplinary collaboration, the MSc in IT Product Development programme will qualify you for work in many different fields.
The following Bachelor’s degrees qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in IT Product Development:
• A Bachelor of Science degree in IT with the special study area Product Design from Aarhus University.
• A Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with an elective subject equalling 45 ECTS credits in Physical Design and Product Design from Aarhus University.
The following other degrees can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme in IT Product
• Another Bachelor of Science degree with subject components in IT equalling 60 ECTS credits, as well as basic subject components in Mathematics, Probability Theory and Statistics.
• Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.
In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.
It is a condition that the student’s language skills correspond to a B level in English.
This degree enables admission to:
The Master’s degree in IT Product Development qualifies students for admission to the PhD programme in accordance with relevant regulations.
There is more to life as a computer science student at the University of Aarhus than subjects and lessons. The Department of Computer Science has many study areas where you can meet other students outside lessons and this is an excellent basis for social activities. The department also has a popular Friday bar and the TÅGEKAMMERET association organises celebrations and social events for all science students.
The University of Aarhus is unique, especially because the buildings are grouped in one campus area close to the Aarhus city centre. The campus has many green areas and a beautiful park surrounding a small lake. Here you also find student accommodation and an underground system of corridors, which means that you don’t have to get your feet wet going from the canteen to your study area. There are also lecture theatres and a host of activities ranging from sports days to the regatta on the lake, interesting lectures, a film club, libraries and university celebrations. The campus ensures that you have easy access to the canteen, student counsellors, teachers, the bookshop, the State and University Library and the Friday bar.
The university is not all Aarhus has to offer. As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus has numerous different cultural activities. The well-known Aarhus Festival is celebrated for a week at the beginning of September every year and the streets really come to life. During the rest of the year, you can visit different music venues and concert halls in the city or find entertainment at one of the many theatres in Aarhus. The city’s many museums include ARoS – the major international art museum, which is a spectacular place for visual experiences. If you have had enough of cultural activities, you can ride your bike to the beach in no time or go for walks in the Risskov woods or in the beautiful woods around Marselisborg. The forty thousand young students in Aarhus make up 17.5% of the population, which leaves its mark on city life. Aarhus is a young, dynamic city with plenty of opportunities.
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As an IT product development graduate, you will be particularly qualified to develop IT products and applications that consist of new forms of digital and physical interfaces supplemented by web-based services. Your job opportunities include developing new media and navigation equipment for motor vehicles; mobile applications; new types of energy and media control equipment for homes; experience and learning installations for museums and attractions; and developing technology for the health sector.
Because the degree programme in IT product development is offered in multidisciplinary collaboration, you will be qualified for many different jobs on completing the programme.