I know this question has been raised a number of times
in the past but as my situation isn't quite the same as previous
posters I hope someone can help me out.
I hold a Bsc in IT (business/CS mix) and have worked for the last 6 years, mostly in online advertising & web analytics here in Ireland. I feel its now time for a switch and want something a little more interesting/creative and something thats not quite as specialised as web analytics and hence gives me more job choice. I think interaction design solves the first part and kind of solves the second (its still pretty specialised and I get the feeling I wont be headhunted). Also its kind of related and I know some usabiity basics already.
As there doesn't seem to be any suitable courses in Ireland I'll have to study abroad. My criteria for a course are:
1 year in length, taught but ideally with dissertation, mostly has a web/mobile focus and caters to people with some previous tech knowledge
The US has tons of courses but they're 2 years long and are probably going to be pretty expensive. The UK has a lot that will suit pretty well but if the UK can be expensive and if I'm going abroad I would like to go somewhere more exotic than the country beside mine. My first thoughts were Canada and Australia but I can't find any courses specific to HCI there, just general CS or pysch masters with some HCI content.
Can anyone provide recommendations on where to study?
Any other thoughts on my career change would also be appreciated :)