Guidance for graduate programs : HCI at CMU / HCI at GeorgiaTech / IxD at TU Delft / M.Des at ID, IIT
11 Mar 2012 - 12:25am
4 years ago
I am an fresh architecture grad wishing to pursue a masters program in Interaction design. I am very much interested in interaction, interface and usability design. Previously, I have experience in the field working on freelance projects, or design competitions. I felt that I could go deeper into the subject only if I pursued a masters in Interaction Design. I have currently admission offers from CMU and Georgia Tech (in HCI); MS. Design for Interaction at TU Delft and M.Des at Institute of Design, IIT.
Now I am at the crossroads, deciding which one to opt for my higher studies. Here are a few parameters that I base my decisions on
1. I have a design background and a strong knowledge of HTML/CSS. However, I have only a basic knowledge of JS and C++ (whatever was taught at our inst) and no experience of any other programming language.
2. I somewhere wish to integrate architecture and interaction at a later stage in life - make architecture more useful and customized.
3. I value the brand name of the institute. But can override it if I get scholarships/ assistantships to fund my studies.
4. Job prospects worry my family a lot. Although I am least concerned about it, I keep it as another important parameter for decision.
5. Last but not the least, I would want to receive assistantships in someway or the other so that I dont depend on my poor parents to fund my college tuitions and expenses.
I wished to know which of these programs will be good choice for me. Any guidance in this regards will surely help me clear my views and make a 'well-informed' decision.