studying interaction design

27 Sep 2007 - 10:16pm
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Nicolas Cohen
2007

hi

i've been working for 3 years now doing interaction design for
websites and web apps here in buenos aires

there's no institute to study here, and i really want to attend
college, but for the prices ive seen, its totally outside of my
budget (a pretty high sallary here in argentina is 20k dollar a
year), i've contacted carnegie mellon, but understood that there are
no scholarships for undergrad students.

what would you suggest me to do in order to study interaction design?

thanks,

Nicolas Cohen
RANLOGIC
BA +(54 11) 4855 9371
http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolascohentarica

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28 Sep 2007 - 4:31am
Björn Simonson
2007

Hi,

Move to Sweden for a few years. There are no tuition-fees and you can
live on a pretty small budget as a student. I took a Masters Degree in
interaction design at Umeå university but there are other colleges
that teach interaction design as well.

Good luck!

/b

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28 Sep 2007 - 10:29am
Michael Micheletti
2006

Hi Nicolas,

I just read some very interesting research this morning done by Eva de Lera
and Muriel Garreta-Domingo of the Open University of Catalunya. Their
research was on how to measure the emotions of a usability test participant.
They proposed ten emotion heuristics that are easily observed and measured
and may be universal. I first read of this in an article on UXmatters by
Paul Sherman:
http://www.uxmatters.com/MT/archives/000223.php
Follow the links in the article to learn more.

The reason I mention all this (besides thinking the group will find the
article of interest if the material is new) is that the Open University of
Catalunya offers online courses in Spanish to a global audience. I alas have
only un poco del español so you'll want to explore their course offerings
yourself:
http://www.uoc.edu/web/esp/index.html

Perhaps someone else on the list has experience with this school or other
online learning sources that might be appropriate for Nicolas? All the best,

Michael Micheletti

28 Sep 2007 - 12:24pm
Patricia Mourthé
2005

Hi Nicolas,

Would it be your first bachelors’ degree? If not, an option is to apply for a Masters degree instead, for which you may find foundations that award international scholarships to South America students, for instance, Fulbright, Rotary, and perhaps Kellogg. The application process is very political though.

The Organization of American States (http://www.oas.org/) also has some scholarships programs for South American students. It seems though that to be eligible you have to be enrolled and studding at a US university.

Another option for international students coming to study in the US (what was my situation) is to apply for tuition waver programs. Each university has some money to award free tuition to outstanding students, what usually is awarded in the second year of study It is not a scholarship program but works great for us: in exchange for the tuition (it means that all classes will be free per one year and you pay only the registration fee), you commit to keep a high GPA (rule is 3.5 or higher, what means you have to get A’s in all courses taken) plus work part-time as a graduate student (what you get paid for it as well). That’s how I could complete my MA here in the USA without a scholarship.

Best of luck.

Patricia
www.patriciamourthe.com

Nicolas Cohen <nc at ranlogic.com> wrote:
hi

i've been working for 3 years now doing interaction design for
websites and web apps here in buenos aires

there's no institute to study here, and i really want to attend
college, but for the prices ive seen, its totally outside of my
budget (a pretty high sallary here in argentina is 20k dollar a
year), i've contacted carnegie mellon, but understood that there are
no scholarships for undergrad students.

what would you suggest me to do in order to study interaction design?

thanks,

Nicolas Cohen
RANLOGIC
BA +(54 11) 4855 9371
http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolascohentarica

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28 Sep 2007 - 3:38pm
Caroline Jarrett
2007

From: "Michael Micheletti" <michael.micheletti at gmail.com>

<snip>

>The reason I mention all this (besides thinking the group will find
>the article of interest if the material is new) is that the Open
>University of
Catalunya offers online courses in Spanish to a global audience. I
alas have only un poco del español so you'll want to explore their
course offerings yourself: http://www.uoc.edu/web/esp/index.html

>Perhaps someone else on the list has experience with this school or
>other online learning sources that might be appropriate for Nicolas?

The Open University (i.e.the origianal one in the UK) offers a
distance learning course "User interface design and evaluation"
http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?C01M873

It's one of the few OU courses that is available for study from
anywhere in the world, albeit for a rather hefty fee of £1200
(equivalent to US$2400) for the 6-month course (if you don't have an
address in the UK or Europe).

This is a course at post-grad level. You can study it as a one off or
follow it up with others to eventually build into a Diploma or MSc -
but it's a general computing one, not an Interaction Design one, so
you might find that it's a bit too elementary for you if you're
thinking in terms of a Masters in Interaction Design. This course is
really aimed at computer scientists who need an intro to user
interfaces, or at people who've been in computing in general and want
a bit of a grounding in UI.

If you want to find out what the course covers, then have a look at
Stone, Jarrett, Woodroffe and Minocha "User Interface Design and
Evaluation". The textbook is a later, re-edited (and somewhat revised)
version of most of the same material with the distance learning
elements largely taken out.

So for your course fee, you're getting:
- additional distance learning materials
- support from a tutor
- assessments during the course
- an exam at the end
- the opportunity to interact with fellow students via an online
conference system
and you earn academic credit from a widely-respected institution. It's
up to you to judge whether that's worth $2400 compared to $60 for the
book. I'd guess that it probably is if you want the discipline of an
academic couse of study.

Declaration of interest: I was an author of the original course and
the textbook, but do not derive any direct financial benefit from it.
I do quite a bit of usability consultancy on OU websites so I am an
indirect beneficiary if people sign up for their courses.

Caroline Jarrett
caroline.jarrett at effortmark.co.uk
01525 370379

Effortmark Ltd
Usability - Forms - Content

28 Sep 2007 - 3:52pm
SemanticWill
2007

Another alternative - self-directed is the MIT
Opencourseware.<http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm>

There are a couple of classes under Course 6
(EECS)<http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Electrical-Engineering-and-Computer-Science/index.htm>such
as User
Interface Design.<http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Electrical-Engineering-and-Computer-Science/6-831Fall-2004/CourseHome/index.htm>
Also check out the Comparative Media Studies
currilulae<http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Comparative-Media-Studies/index.htm>

All the material, syllabus, notes, reading lists, tests are free and posted.

~ will

29 Sep 2007 - 3:13pm
Michael Lisboa
2007

San Francisco State offers interaction design courses online: http://
www.cel.sfsu.edu/msponline/

Additionally, my recommendation would be to keep working. I've found
that the more you *do* the more you learn, especially when you're
working with other designers, business people, stake holders, etc.

In your spare time do research. There's a wealth of knowledge at our
fingertips with this whole internet thing, and there are some really
great books that should be required reading for anybody in this
business.

Michael Lisboa

On Sep 27, 2007, at 8:16 PM, Nicolas Cohen wrote:

> hi
>
> i've been working for 3 years now doing interaction design for
> websites and web apps here in buenos aires
>
> there's no institute to study here, and i really want to attend
> college, but for the prices ive seen, its totally outside of my
> budget (a pretty high sallary here in argentina is 20k dollar a
> year), i've contacted carnegie mellon, but understood that there are
> no scholarships for undergrad students.
>
> what would you suggest me to do in order to study interaction design?
>
> thanks,
>
> Nicolas Cohen
> RANLOGIC
> BA +(54 11) 4855 9371
> http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolascohentarica
>
>
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30 Sep 2007 - 1:59am
Nicolas Cohen
2007

Hi,

I've checked all your suggestions and what i found is that the most
interesting career programmes require some previous undegrad studies...
I will have to choose some undegrad programme thats related to
interactions or design here in buenos aires first, in order to be
admited in any of the degrees i've found.

But until next academic year starts here (march 2008) I have followed
caroline's suggestion and applied for the User Interface Design &
Evaluation course that begins this november.

I liked Umea's interaction ma programme , from what i can read in the
website, it seems really interesting.

Catalunyas programme is too oriented to media authoring, something
simmilar to whats happening here in argentina, where most public and
private programmes are all about authoring tools, processes and
methods. In the whole programme, theres only one course about
interface design, and nothing regarding the whole interactive product
experience, nor business oriented courses.

For what i see in the san francisco state's Web Design & Development
course page: http://academic.sfsu.edu/ar/at/otl/fully_online_det.php?
uid=371 its similar to Catalunya's authoring oriented education,
which isn't really what appeals to me.

Thanks for all the replies, they where really useful.

Nicolas Cohen
RANLOGIC
BA +(54 11) 4855 9371
http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolascohentarica

29 Sep 2007 - 11:48pm
gloria
2007

Hi Nicolas,

Australia offers full scholarships for people who want to do Masters
by Research or PhDs. This scholarship is called EIPRS (do a Google
search and you'll find it). The EIPRS covers your tuition fees at
the university of your choice. To cover your living expenses you'll
have to apply for a University award (available at almost every
university here in AU) or work part-time (you can also get a work
visa together with your student visa) or save money prior to come
over to pay for them :)

The EIPRS is restricted to research studies, but once you have one of
this you can pretty much organise your studies in a way that you can
audit classes at any department. You just have to make sure that the
university of your choice runs the program(s) you want and that your
supervisor and the lecturers agree with it.

Some universities that have programs that include studies in
Interaction Design are University Technology Sydney, Melbourne
University, University of Queensland, Queensland University of
Technology, and RMIT.

I hold an EIPRS that was obtained via Swinburne University and used
to perform my PhD at Swin's Faculty of Design. My research studies
involve the area of interaction design, education, and concept
mapping. Interaction Design concepts are taught and researched,
however ID is not one of the Faculty's concentration areas. This is
the reason why I did not place Swin in the above list.

New Zealand offers a scholarship scheme for international students
similar to the one of Australia. But I don't know of any university
there that teaches topics related to Interaction Design. You should
do a search on this.

I also heard that Finnish universities are no-tuition fee. You should
have a look at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH), they
may have programs that involve interaction design related topics.

Cheers, Gloria

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