Clarifications regarding the Digital Media program at Georgia Tech

20 Jun 2012 - 11:06pm
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jazzballg
2012

Hey guys,

I'm Govind from Bangalore, and I've received an admit for the Digital Media (MS) program at Georgia Tech, this fall and have a few clarifications regarding the course. Just to give you an insight into my background, I've been dabbling with Photoshop and a lil bit of Illustrator, and have reasonable design skills. Programming wise, I'm familiar with C, haven't been involved in web design (CSS, HTML, PHP) yet..

I'm trying to understand the kind of technologies the program exposes one to: for instance, I believe we would be learning Processing (www.processing.org), and for interaction design projects HTML, CSS, PHP would come into the picture. Apart from these, would we be learning anything about new stuff like Augmented reality, touch technologies or anything like 3D projection mapping? And regarding interaction design, would the course involve designing the visual elements of the interface, revolving around how the interface would look and feel like, animations, etc. Or, would it involve designing the logic behind the UI, drawn in a flowchart describing all possible user inputs and necessary actions?

I was also trying to get an idea about the kind of jobs that are out there for DM grads.. the website shows Interaction designers, DVD producers, game designers and so on.. However, what I see in many profiles of alumni are that they land up as web developers or web designers. My only worry is that, if CSS/HTML/PHP are the core technologies of this course, I might as well be able to pick these up on my own, say in 6-8 months and land up as a web designer here. On that note, my cousin happens to have co-founded a startup that works on graphic and web design, and is slowly getting into animation, VFX and 3D. With a good number of projects coming in, I could be able to pick up CSS, HTML, PHP and maybe a bit of After Effects as well, say in about 6 months, or a little more. At this point, i'm really wondering if the DM program actually offers anything more than just web designer jobs, or do we actually work on any high tech stuff that GT is really worth going for.
The other admit I received was for the Masters in Information Science program (specialization in HCI) at UMich, Ann Arbor. However, felt that wasn't really in line with my interests of visual design.

Thanks everyone for your help in advance! :)
Cheers,
Govind.

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25 Jun 2012 - 12:17pm
alotofmath
2011

Hi,

  There are great questions...I'm interested in answers as well..as I'm debating on throwing caution to the wind and pursing a program full-time.

Michael

25 Jun 2012 - 1:13pm
alotofmath
2011

As a follow-up.

I went to  Drupal event on Friday in my area (in Philadelphia)--I woul say most of the people I met there, who were mainly developers, taught themselves what they neded, often through free or inexpensive resources (like Team Treehouse).

I've been in a program for some time, and I feel like I've gained skills, but it hasn't exactly put in a new career, at least not yet...I'm still considered underqualified (though overqualified for positions in my current field).

Perhaps development is different than UX in that respect...I think in a program you are committing to the years you must put in to get the degree...the whole no royal road to geomtery concept.

Learning on your own is still no royal road, but you may avoid student loans and get there a bit faster...

 

25 Jun 2012 - 5:20pm
alotofmath
2011

Last bit...I do know that a UX position I interviewed for, but didn't get, went to someone who attended this program; I'm not sure if the program was the tipping point or not...I think in UX the education matters, but in development, probably not.

27 Jun 2012 - 7:19am
Ben
2007

Govind, I recommend inquiring further. Georgia Tech also has a masters in Human-Computer Interaction that develops skills of information architects, usability specialists, interaction designers, and other UX professionals. I'd ask for some clarification about the differences between this program and the program in Digital Media.

27 Jun 2012 - 7:19am
Ben
2007

Govind, I recommend inquiring further. Georgia Tech also has a masters in Human-Computer Interaction that develops skills of information architects, usability specialists, interaction designers, and other UX professionals. I'd ask for some clarification about the differences between this program and the program in Digital Media.

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