I am a brand new to these boards but was hoping that several people can post their advice and recommendations to my questions.
This May I will be graduating from college with a B.A in Computer Information Systems and Digital Media Arts. I am hoping to go right into graduate school for HCI / IDIA as my ideal job would be a user experience researcher or information architect designer, most perferably with Google or another technology company. With little to no help from my advisor at school, or from the department faculty, I really need some insight on good HCI masters programs.
Although I did notice a few threads on this board asking a similar question, I would like updated information/feedback on these schools:
1) University of Baltimore - Information Design & Information Architecture (IDIA) -- From what I have researched and been told from the director, it is a fairly new program that has a 100% career placement rate. However, the program seems isolated from the real-world in regards to research sponsorship with technology companies, or students interning with well known companies.
2) University of Maryland, College Park - Information Management (MIA)
3) Carnegie Mellon - Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
4) U. Michigan - School of Information, HCI program
Please provide the following:
If you have graduated from any of the above programs, please explain your overall experience and satisfaction. Where are you working now? How has the program prepared you for a career in this field?
If you have not graduated from any of the above programs but have heard positive/negative things about these programs, please explain.