What are the "main" differences between getting a degree (e.g., MI) from an "iSchool" vs. an getting an MDes or MFA from an IxD specific program? And which would be better for someone with a humanities background?
31 Aug 2011 - 8:26pm
5 years ago
I'm new to this site and have been reading a bunch about master's programs for IxD since I've been preparing to apply for the Fall 2012 term. This whole field is relatively new to me (I only found out about it about half a year ago) and at first I was concentrating on strictly IxD programs (like at CMU or U of Wash), but have lately found threads where iSchools were mentioned as being good because it doesn't require a design background, so I started taking a look at those.
I'm going to go through and read about all the courses offered at the different universities, but was wondering if anyone has some insight as to the biggest/major differences I can expect from getting an MFA vs. MDes vs. MI. I'd welcome any advice!
As for some background information, I don't have any formal training in design or programming, I double-majored in Eng/Psych for undergrad, and am a bit torn as to what types of programs I should apply to; maybe a bit of everything. But I am a bit worried as I am pretty "green" to design as a whole, but am very motivated to learn what I need to, as well as possible programming or html on the side.
I'm currently thinking about applying to CMU's IxD program, NYU's ITP, IIT, as well as possibly the iSchool at UMich, U Maryland, U Toronto.
If there is an older thread that you can point me to (I've searched through a bunch already) that answers this question exactly, please feel free to redirect me!