Looking for insight on graduate programs in Interaction Design
20 Jun 2012 - 4:03pm
2 years ago
I have recently been looking into the possibility of interaction design as a career choice, and I was wondering what sort of graduate school programs would be open to me. I have been perusing the discussion boards, but it seems as though there aren't very many conversations about this in the past couple of years about it so I was wanting to get an updated perspective.
I am currently a psychology and anthropology double major, and will be graduating in May 2013. I have always been heavily interested in technology, and only recently discovered interaction design as a possibility to merge many of my interests. I have no formal background in programming or design, but I have dabbled on my own with HTML coding, Photoshop, Indesign, etc. and I have always been interested in web design or something similar. The psychology and anthropology involved in usability research and/or design is facinating to me, and I was looking for masters programs that would match these interests.
Ideally, the masters program that would be great for me would have the following characteristics:
-Faculty that care and are highly adept in their field -A school with abundant resources available for student use, up-to-date technology -Heavily based on the research and psychology of interaction design, but also has an emphasis in the design and programming aspects of interaction design -Does not require any kind of design portfolio for admission -Good history of career placement (high percentage, at companies like Google, Facebook, etc.)
By doing research on these discussion boards, I have found several programs that look great and would like more updated insight from recent grads or from employers that have hired from these schools:
-Carnegie Mellon's Master of Design in Interaction Design -University of Indiana's Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction Design -University of Michigan's Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction
Any other insight or suggestions for additional programs would be great! I have also seen the debate about whether or not to even go to grad school for this sort of thing, and have determined that grad school is probably the option for me. The only suggestion I will not accept is the program at the University of Kansas, as I am currently an undergrad at the University of Missouri (rivalries, y'know!). Suggestions for ways to prepare for a career in interaction design as an undergrad would be wonderful! Thank you all in advance for your help!