SVA v. Bentley

26 Nov 2012 - 3:15pm
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Hi all,

Does anyone have any thoughts on SVA's Interaction Design program v. Bentley's Human Factors in Information Design program?

For background: I've got a few years' experience as a project / product manager, and want to get more into hands-on UX work, and be able to design products and digital services from the ground up (I'm not a developer, though I did study computer science way back in college).



27 Nov 2012 - 3:21am
Dave Malouf

Since your background seems to be mostly logistical (project management and implementation) I highly recommend the SVA program. It is a true design studio based program. Further, it's access to adjunct faculty in practice in a mecca of IxD like NYC is just such a value that it can't be ignored long term. Liz Danzico and her team have produced by far one of the most spectacular programs in IxD in the US today drawing upon a mix of the best of European thinking out of Ivrea and the more practical side of CMUs outstanding programs. If those are your two choice for me it is a no brainer.

That being said, I know practitioners from both programs who are highly regarded and well employed in various facets of design, usability, and strategy. 

I would say that SVA leans more towards strategic. It's not the place to go if you want to be a unicorn working for a startup oriented culture, but then again, neither is Bently for different reasons.

-- dave

5 Dec 2012 - 10:56am


Thank you very much for the response - hugely helpful. And encouraging, because SVA appeals to me for a number of other reasons, as well.

One quick clarifying question: by 'it's not the place to go if you want to be a unicorn working for a startup oriented culture', do you mean that there are other programs that would go a bit deeper on some of the more hands-on skills you might need on a smaller team?

Thanks again,


6 Dec 2012 - 5:17pm
Bill Bernstein

Yeah -- what is the 'unicorn school'...?

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