Applying IxD in CMU, what kind of portfolio do they expect?

12 Jun 2011 - 7:04pm
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Hi guys,

I'm going to apply for an interaction design graduate program. CMU's IxD is my first choice.

I'm working as a web designer for almost 1 year after my Bachelor's degree in communication arts. I assume programs like this may focus more on your portfolio rather than your score.

Anyone here familiar with CMU's IxD? What kind of portfolio do they expect to see? Does it have to be related to interaction design somehow or just things you have done?

Any suggestion would be great!

I appreciate your help!!


15 Jun 2011 - 12:42pm


I'm an IxD alum from CMU.  I believe it's still a pretty interdisciplinary program, so your portfolio does not necessarily have to reflect interaction design (I didn't even have a design background myself).  Most of the Masters students have worked for more than a couple of years before going back to school; however, there were also some students who came straight out of undergrad too.  The program is strong in design thinking, so you should include work that demonstrates how you approach a problem, your process and how you ultimately solved it.  I'd also recommend visiting the campus (or talking to very recent grads) to see the kind of work that's happening there, and let that inform your portfolio as well. 

There's an alumni list you could ping, or you could just contact the school and see if they might be able to put you in touch with some current students too. 

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