I've looked around at IxD related education a bit. While I certainly
haven't been completely exhaustive, most of it seems to be at grad
school level. I believe there are a few undergraduate programs
(Rensselaer's "Minds and Machines" program, for instance), but I'm not
sure how many people you'll find how have "IxD" undergraduate degrees.
The "or related" part opens up some opportunities for you, however. I
would look for:
- psychology majors who have taken an interest in cognition and/or
human factors and/or industrial psychology
- industrial designers
- media/communications folks (possibly, depending on the role)
You don't really specify the nature of the role your trying to fill, so
it's hard to guess what sorts of skills are most important for your
envirornment. In any event, however, aside from those (presumably) rare
few who are coming out of a multi-disciplinary undergrad program and
may have actually been trained in diverse/hybrid disciplines, you are
going to have to do a fair amount of individual assessment, because you
mostly just need people who "get it", which can be hard to quantify.
Looking at those who have recently completed undergrad degrees, most
probably won't have real training in all areas likely to be relevant,
nor will they have assembled much professional experience, to develop
(and demonstrate) their abilities.
One shore plug for architects, as that was my area of undergraduate
study: ideally, a good architecture program offers students exposure to
a number of things, including abstract analysis and problem solving
through design, user observation, prototyping and iterative processes
and an understanding of how to use technology to support design goals.
Many architects go on to apply these skills in fields outside of
traditional architecture (for a number of reasons, not the least of
which is that opportunities within architecture are often limited).
I would be interested to hear from others on the list about other
fields that they see as relevant and also about other
undergraduate-level IxD-related programs, about which I may not be
> My company is currently looking to bring in college recruits to our > newly created user experience department. I was hoping we could go > after field experienced or grad school candidates, but we're focusing > on undergrad folks for now (HR related hiring quotas). > > Does anyone know of colleges that are offering a BA, BS or whatever in > interaction design / usability engineering / user experience planning > or the related fields of study? > > Additionally, if you were looking to hire recent college grads what > backgrounds, skill sets, experiences would you be interested in? > > Many thanks, > Mark >