Prospective IxD student seeking some portfolio / grad program advice
1 Nov 2008 - 11:21am
5 years ago
I'm a recent member to this site, and to the IxD world. I've got two
questions at the moment that I'd love some input on.
a) What are my options?
The programs I've come across and am planning to apply to are:
CMU's Masters in Interaction Design and possibly the Comm Planning and
Information Design program as well
IIT in Chicago
School of Visual Arts in New York is starting an Interaction Design program
for the first time in Fall of '09
NYU? There's the "Interactive Telephony Program" which I need to look into
to find out what it's all about.
I know the choices are somewhat limited, so I'm curious if there are schools
that I've missed - I don't have a design background and am not sure how
strong my portfolio will be, so I'd like to apply to a number of schools.
b) I'm not a designer! (yet)
I'm suffering from portfolio phobia. I studied English Lit in college, then
taught Special Education for 5 years and worked as a technical trainer for a
VOIP company for 2. I'm going to try to lean on my experience in the last
job (the most satisfying part of it involved providing user feedback to the
engineering team and helping guide development of their Web Portal and the
menu layout on the phones' displays). My concern, however, is my lack of
tangible products to put into a portfolio.
My next step will be contacting the programs to ask for their advice
(actually headed to an SVA open house in about an hour), but I'm curious if
anyone who's in or went to grad school would be willing to share some of
their portfolio work, or if anyone can point me towards resources that will
help me get some direction in creating dummy design projects I can use as