Associate Degree in Interface Design (Was: IxDA Curriculum)
23 Jun 2008 - 2:42pm
4 years ago
Todd Zaki Warfel wrote:
> The most important thing for an IxD is to actually
> start doing IxD. Learn the basics, which I think Dan
> has laid out a pretty good program for, get the foundations
> down, and then hit the street and start doing.
I don't really agree, but I was inspired by Todd's comment in the
previous thread to consider this from the opposite end of the
spectrum. Instead of a five- or six-year bachelors, how would the
requirements change if we were forced to condense everything into a
two-year associates degree?
From the basic research I've cobbled together it looks like many
institutions go by a quarter system, with an associate degree taking
6 quarters, which I suppose is only a year and a half. Since my
background is in graphic design, I decided to research Associate of
Science degrees in Graphic Arts for guidance and use that as a
springboard for constructing an interface design degree.
I looked at five schools in the US:
- DeVry University
- Hesser College
- Colorado Technical University
- Robert Morris College
- Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Most of the associate degrees require 20-30 hours of general
education in english, math and the humanities in addition to the core
design classes. Three of the five schools offer a single course in
either art history or design history.
. . .
So how would this work? You'd have a maximum of five classes per
quarter, keeping in mind a limitation of 2-3 simultaneous studio
courses and seven and a half weeks per course (15 class periods).
With around a third of your overall time going toward general
education credits. Culminating in an internship the final quarter.
Here's my take on it:
Associate of Science in Interface Design
Theory and History of Design
Digital Imaging with Adobe Fireworks
Human Factors Fundamentals
Introduction to Typography
Screen Design and Graphics
Writing for Multimedia
. . .
I come across an interesting statistic in my research:
"More graduates with four-year degrees are returning to technical or
community colleges to learn a trade. According the Minneapolis Star
Tribune an estimated 20% of community college students (at least in
Minnesota) have a four-year degree and are returning to learn a
specific skill to supplement Bachelor degrees."