I am very new to IxD and have been doing a lot of research lately to look for similar programs to Umea's Industrial Design Intensive. I'm about to graduate with a BS in business/economics, and have very limited design education, thus looking for some sort of grad school prep program. Also, the program doesn't require any professional experience or a portfolio for admissions.
Umea's website said many of their students used this program as a stepping stone to various IxD MA programs, e.g. CIID, and I hope to continue my education after this. The problem is that the tuition since 2011 and on is $40000 for international students, which seems very pricey and I would have to take out a loan of course. I am wary of investing money into this non-degree program, but I'm also not sure if it would be more beneficial to cough up the money instead of the extra 3 years for a second bachelors degree in IxD, which would be a bit cheaper but perhaps a safer route towards a masters program.
Basically, I was wondering if anyone has any personal insight into the program (quality, financing- is it worth it, etc) or knows if there are programs like this that are similar? Any suggestions would be great, I've been reading a lot about what to do but some advice would be nice. Thanks in advance.