Master 1 & 2

Interaction, Graphics & Design


The IGD study track is a two-year master’s program that aims to provide comprehensive coverage of the Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics, and Design fields. The program is taught in English and prepares students for the design and creation of advanced interactive computing systems. It also provides them with fundamental knowledge and practical methods and presents advanced techniques in these fields.
Students can choose from a wide variety of courses devoted to topics such as human-computer interaction, design, computer graphics, augmented/virtual reality, and multimodal interaction. Students may study the field in breadth or focus on a specific subdomain of study, drawing from classes focused on user-centered design, user evaluation, innovation design, interactive software development, web and mobile computing, augmented and virtual reality, information visualization, image synthesis, computational geometry, GPU programming, computer animation, 3D modeling, on-line and video games, multimedia networking, gestural interaction, multimodal interfaces, tangible fabrication, conversational agents and affective robotics. The program is highly multidisciplinary and involves collaboration with experts of various fields. It is conducted in partnership with Université Paris-Saclay.

Language of instruction: English
ECTS: 120
Oriented: Research and Industry
Duration: 2 years
Courses: Location: Quartier Polytechnique, Palaiseau

Educational objectives

The master’s program covers the fundamental aspects of interaction, design, and computer graphics, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary aspects. It provides technical skills and concrete applied methodologies for making user interfaces and interactive 3D applications more creative and more adapted to users’ needs. The program aims at enabling students to solve theoretical and applied problems with a great deal of time being devoted to projects, workshops, sprints and practical classes. The program also aims to familiarize students with research and scientific work, and will include a scientific project in the first year and an internship in the second to prepare students for careers in academia and industrial R&D.

Program structure


  • Interactive 2D/Web/Mobile Application Development (2.5 ECTS)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (5 ECTS)
  • Visualization (2.5 ECTS)
  • Gestural and Mobile Interaction (2.5 ECTS)
  • Web Development (2.5 ECTS)
  • Multiplayer Online Games Development (2.5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Programming of Interactive Systems (5 ECTS) *
  • Fundamentals of Situated Interaction (5 ECTS) *
  • Evaluation of Interactive Systems (2.5 ECTS) *
  • Groupware and Collaborative Interaction (2.5 ECTS) *


  • Human-Computer Interaction for Mixed Reality (2.5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Immersive Interactions (2.5 ECTS) *
  • Mixed Reality and Tangible Interaction (2.5 ECTS) *
  • Virtual Humans and social interactions (2.5 ECTS) *
  • Immersion and interaction with virtual worlds (2.5 ECTS)


  • User Centered Design 1: introduction (5 ECTS)
  • User Centered Design 2: prototyping (5 ECTS)
  • UX Design Sprint (2.5 ECTS)
  • Design user experience (2.5 ECTS)
  • Data Storytelling for non coders (2.5 ECTS)
  • Workshop Research Design + Cognition (2.5 ECTS)


  • Interactive 3D Application Development (2.5 ECTS)
  • Computer Graphics & Virtual Reality (5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Computer Graphics (6 ECTS)
  • Computer Animation (4 ECTS)
  • Image & Computer Vision (4 ECTS)
  • Digital representation and analysis of shapes (4 ECTS)
  • Image Synthesis (4 ECTS)
  • Computational Geometry (4 ECTS)
  • Advanced 3D graphics: from creative IA to character motion control (2.5 ECTS)


  • Multimodal Dialogue (2.5 ECTS)
  • Socio-emotional embodied conversational agents (2.5 ECTS)
  • Learning for robotics (2.5 ECTS)
  • Soft robots: simulation, fabrication, and control (2.5 ECTS)


  • Programming paradigms: Theory and practice (2.5 ECTS)
  • Audio-Visual Transport (2.5 ECTS)


  • HCI/Graphics Project Seminar (2.5 ECTS)
  • Research Seminar in Design (2.5 ECTS)
  • Research Projects and Guided Projects (5 ECTS)

( * courses at Université Paris-Saclay)

Course descriptions and overall schedule

Involved laboratories

Career prospects

This program leads to application fields such as interaction design, computer-aided design, augmented and virtual reality, video games, special effects, visualization, and mobile and web computing. The program will allow students to apply for positions in the industry, especially in research and development labs, and also prepare students for research. Students interested in doing a PhD will benefit from the vast scientific environment within the Institut Polytechnique de Paris and world-renowned research labs in France (INRIA, CNRS, CEA, etc.).

Institutional partners

  • Télécom Paris
  • Ecole Polytechnique
  • Télécom SudParis,
  • Université Paris-Saclay

Chairs and partnerships

  • Chair Google – Ecole Polytechnique on Artificial Intelligence and Visual Computing (PI Marie-Paule Cani)
  • Chair Ubisoft – Ecole Polytechnique on Video-games (Damien Rohmer in charge of Computer Graphics)
  • Chair Uber – Ecole Polytechnique on Flying vehicles (Marie-Paule Cani in charge of Computer Graphics)


Application guidelines for a master’s program at IP Paris

Academic Prerequisites

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent, with suitable background knowledge in computer science.

Language prerequisites

  • The entire program is taught in English, therefore proof of English proficiency is a prerequisite for the program
  • Native speakers of English and students who have already studied in English do not need a certificate of English proficiency.

Application timeline

Deadlines for the Master application sessions are as follows:
– First session: February 28, 2020
– Second session: April 30, 2020
– Third Session (optional): June 30, 2020 (only if there are availabilities remaining after the 2 first sessions)
Applications not finalized for a session will automatically be carried over to the next session.

You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.
You can check your application status by logging in your candidate space.

Tuition fees

National Master: Official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation (2019-2020, EU students: 243 euros / Non-EU students: 3770 euros)


Eric Lecolinet