Study IxD - What are my options?

11 Feb 2010 - 6:59am
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Jan S.
2010

Hi there,
I am so happy I found this place and believe that I will finally find
answers to my zillions of questions ;)

I have a degree in media management (which is like business
administration for media companies) and currently work as a product
manager for an innovative online company in germany. As product
manager I constantly do concepts about our websites and features, so
I already have professional experience in the area of interface and
web design.

I always had a huge passion for design, internet and photography. And
now I want to commence my educational career in this area. I am
looking for any kind of degree (certificate, associates degree,
masters, ...) in the US which should be 1-2 years in duration.
Ideally the curriculum should cover parts from graphic design (like
color theory, photoshop, illustrator) and preferrably some areas of
development as html and flash.

I have found a couple of programs in Australia, which would be an
option for me, too. But I really really want to go to the US!

What would you do in my situation? Where should I look for
universities or degrees. So far I have found programs like the MSP at
San Fran State and some others.

I'd love to study in San Francisco...what do you think? Is there any
good schools around the bay area which would fit my needs?

Thanks a lot!
Jan

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11 Feb 2010 - 7:45am
Tommaso Marini
2010

Hi Jan,

if you want to go on the west coast one of the best institute is at
Stanford: http://www.stanford.edu/group/dschool/
But the admission for this september are already closed.

Otherwise have a look at this: http://www.core77.com/design.edu/
you will probably find something interesting.

In USA one of the most prestigious is the Rhode Island School.

Good luck!

T

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11 Feb 2010 - 8:42am
tonyzeoli
2008

I can't speak for San Francisco, but in New York City, you have Parsons
School of Design (http://www.parsons.edu/).

The school has a Graphics and Digital Design Certificate program here:
http://www.parsons.edu/continuing_ed/cert_graphic.aspx.

On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 10:59 PM, Jan S. <moopoints at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi there,
> I am so happy I found this place and believe that I will finally find
> answers to my zillions of questions ;)
>
> I have a degree in media management (which is like business
> administration for media companies) and currently work as a product
> manager for an innovative online company in germany. As product
> manager I constantly do concepts about our websites and features, so
> I already have professional experience in the area of interface and
> web design.
>
> I always had a huge passion for design, internet and photography. And
> now I want to commence my educational career in this area. I am
> looking for any kind of degree (certificate, associates degree,
> masters, ...) in the US which should be 1-2 years in duration.
> Ideally the curriculum should cover parts from graphic design (like
> color theory, photoshop, illustrator) and preferrably some areas of
> development as html and flash.
>
> I have found a couple of programs in Australia, which would be an
> option for me, too. But I really really want to go to the US!
>
> What would you do in my situation? Where should I look for
> universities or degrees. So far I have found programs like the MSP at
> San Fran State and some others.
>
> I'd love to study in San Francisco...what do you think? Is there any
> good schools around the bay area which would fit my needs?
>
> Thanks a lot!
> Jan
>
>
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11 Feb 2010 - 8:50am
SemanticWill
2007

And don't forget one of the finest new programs in, SVA, which offers
an MFA in Interaction Design http://interactiondesign.sva.edu/ and is
run by Liz Danzico.

You might also consider CMU, Masters in Design, and Bentley College's
MS in Human Factors in Information Design.
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On Feb 11, 2010, at 8:42 AM, Anthony Zeoli wrote:

> I can't speak for San Francisco, but in New York City, you have
> Parsons
> School of Design (http://www.parsons.edu/).
>
> The school has a Graphics and Digital Design Certificate program here:
> http://www.parsons.edu/continuing_ed/cert_graphic.aspx.
>
> On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 10:59 PM, Jan S. <moopoints at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi there,
>> I am so happy I found this place and believe that I will finally find
>> answers to my zillions of questions ;)
>>
>> I have a degree in media management (which is like business
>> administration for media companies) and currently work as a product
>> manager for an innovative online company in germany. As product
>> manager I constantly do concepts about our websites and features, so
>> I already have professional experience in the area of interface and
>> web design.
>>
>> I always had a huge passion for design, internet and photography. And
>> now I want to commence my educational career in this area. I am
>> looking for any kind of degree (certificate, associates degree,
>> masters, ...) in the US which should be 1-2 years in duration.
>> Ideally the curriculum should cover parts from graphic design (like
>> color theory, photoshop, illustrator) and preferrably some areas of
>> development as html and flash.
>>
>> I have found a couple of programs in Australia, which would be an
>> option for me, too. But I really really want to go to the US!
>>
>> What would you do in my situation? Where should I look for
>> universities or degrees. So far I have found programs like the MSP at
>> San Fran State and some others.
>>
>> I'd love to study in San Francisco...what do you think? Is there any
>> good schools around the bay area which would fit my needs?
>>
>> Thanks a lot!
>> Jan
>>
>>
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Reply to this thread at ixda.org
>> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=49279
>>
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11 Feb 2010 - 11:18am
Dave Malouf
2005

Jan,
I think we can all list programs that we are excited about, but it is
really unclear what you are looking for in a program, why the US, and
we don't even really know what type of program you are looking for.
I think saying, "IxD" is pretty vague as the philosophies of IxD
vary greatly. I.e. I would have never included d.school @ stanford as
an IxD program, but the Design Strategy MBA at CCA is most definitely
one. (Winner of the IxDA student competition is from that program).

If I was picking a school, I'd have to include the European programs
in Scandinavia, Holland and the UK for sure.

When picking a program I think Dan Saffer put this back in a thread a
couple of weeks ago and I'm paraphrasing:
1) Where were graduates hired?
2) Who are the alumni?
3) What corps have relationships with the school?
4) What does the school's portfolio look like?
5) Are there profs/faculty there you want to study with?

Geography, might have some value, but for graduate study is mostly a
distraction that you don't have time for anyway. ;-)

-- dave

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11 Feb 2010 - 2:54pm
Bella Martin
2010

Jan,
Although I can understand the draw of the West Coast, don't write
off some of the opportunities on the East Coast! I earned my Master
of Design degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and I was lucky
enough to spend two of the most rewarding/ intense /sleep-deprived
years of my life there.

When I was researching schools, I had crystal clear focus on what I
wanted out of a program. I picked CMU because of how well it matched
my goals. I urge you to do the same. Articulate exactly what you
want to be expert in at the end of the program, and then find a
program that matches that. Be much less concerned about "where" but
more on "how" and "what" you will learn. Most programs have unique
strengths, and knowing what you want out of it will make the time,
energy and money spent that much more worthwhile.

Also, as to your points about Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash...many
Master programs I know of require a pretty intense working knowledge
of these tools upon entry to the program. The tools themselves are
much more a means to an end, and not the purpose of the programs. But
because much of design is "learning by doing," I definitely learned
these tools backward and forward during my time there. So, if
learning the tools is more your goal, I imagine certificate programs
may be a better route.

Good luck!

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12 Feb 2010 - 3:16am
Isabella Kubosch
2010

What are the options in Europe? To me it seems that everything about
Interaction Design is happening in the US. I would like to take a
course (not necessarily a degree) in IxD, but I don't seem to find
anything interesting anywhere in Europe. Any tips for me?

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11 Feb 2010 - 12:02pm
Jan S.
2010

Hi there,

thanks for all the responses.

Dave, I think I made it pretty clear what I am looking for. I dont
really mind what the program is called. My main requirement is that
it covers lab work and the following technologies are being taught:

> web design (design theory, photoshop,..)
> web programming (html, css, flash,...)

Thats actually it. If there are courses on interaction design,
human-computer design are being taught around those technologies >
perfect!

Of course it is lovely to study at a highly recognised university,
but this i not really what I am after. I just want to get into this
field more deeply.

Also I understand that geographical wishes should be put aside during
a graduate program, but I believe, that if I can study in SF (which is
a place where I would like to spend a couple of years), I will be able
to get into the industry more easily. I experienced this with my
undergraduate degree already. (also i totally exclude Europe because
I spent 26 yrs here already and am bored of it).

Well, I created a list of degrees my own as well...which contains
approx. 60 programs so far....but if I narrow it down, there is maybe
2-3 schools I could apply for...and still somehow I dont have the
feeling that I found the totally right one...

So actually, a list of all the programs you are excited about is the
best help I can get at the moment.

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11 Feb 2010 - 9:22pm
Martin Locker
2010

Jan, I think you are getting some pretty cool advice. There is no
doubt that location will significantly affect your experience. I
agree with Dave in that you should review programmes offered across
the world - Interaction Design is definitely an international
occupation. For example, have you considered what is on offer in
Asia? You could combine your education with an amazing life changing
cultural experience!

- Martin

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12 Feb 2010 - 4:30am
Jonas Löwgren
2003

> What are the options in Europe? To me it seems that everything about
> Interaction Design is happening in the US. I would like to take a
> course (not necessarily a degree) in IxD, but I don't seem to find
> anything interesting anywhere in Europe. Any tips for me?

Some recommendations in Scandinavia as follows:

IxD Master's program, Bachelor's program and single courses at Malmö
University, Sweden.
IxD Master's program at Umeå Design Institute, Sweden.
IxD Master's program at Gothenburg IT University/Chalmers, Sweden.

IxD one-year program at CIID, Copenhagen, Denmark.

New Media Master's program at Aalto University, Helsinkki, Finland.

I guess others know the options in the rest of Europe better than I do.

Best regards,
Jonas Löwgren

12 Feb 2010 - 5:49am
Jan S.
2010

Well, thanks for the advice, guys! You are helping me a lot!

Bella, you are absolutely right. And I am not excluding the east
coast, acutally I'd love to go to NYC for example. But still, if I
can prefer a location, it'll be California because it seems to me,
that all good interaction and web design comes from there. So why not
go there and get into it, right?

Also, I understand that those technologies are not being taught from
the beginning. I am pretty good with photoshop and so on, but still
not on a professional level. I think a good program with lots of
course and lab work will help me to feel secure enough to approach
customers.

But also it seems, as if there are no good programs around the bay
area and California at all...

Asia acutally is interesting. I already live 2 years in Tokyo, Japan.
But I couldnt find anything over there. Any suggestions?

So, pants down: are there any programs in California, that you know
of, which might fit me?

Also, I found this program in Sydney...what do you think about it?
http://mim.iml.uts.edu.au/index.html

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12 Feb 2010 - 12:10pm
Dave Malouf
2005

California programs of note from a design perspective:
California College of Arts (SFO)
Otis School of Art & Design (LA)
Art Center Pasadena (near LA)

When it comes to HCI programs or InfoDesign/InfoMngt there are a ton
to list:
Berkeley SIMS/iSchool
UCLA
Stanford
UCSD
Cal Poly SLO or PO
to name just a few

-- dave

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13 Feb 2010 - 11:33am
Benoît Drouillat
2007

Hi everyone,
as I am writing this message, *designers interactifs* is in the process of finalizing a document/guide about interaction design/multimedia programs and courses, in France, Europe and International.
We thought there was a true need here in France for such a synthesis where the IxD field is emergent. We have not planned to release the publication in English for the 1st edition as translation from french to english would be to much work for now, but I'd like to share the english content for free with the IxDA community. I'll keep you posted with it.

8 Mar 2010 - 8:04am
Jan S.
2010

do you know any other programs on ixd or web design in Asia?? any recommendations?

26 Mar 2010 - 3:50pm
sonyugnid
2010

You can join the Software interface design or new media design or IDD design courses in National Institute of design(NID) Ahmedabad. There are similiar courses in IDC IIT MUMBAI and IIT Guwahati too.Kindly check the websites of institutes for detail info.

Regards,
Yugant.







On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 7:10 PM, Jan S. <contact@ixda.org> wrote:

do you know any other programs on ixd or web design in Asia?? any recommendations?

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