[iXDA Discuss] on masters programs ..

21 Jun 2008 - 2:02pm
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mat_kinotek
2008

hello to all,
I am following with interest the interaction-design master course
topic, and
I was wondering which schools - in US and abroad - have good IxD
programs, in your opinion and exeperiences.
any thought would be appreciate..
best,
MC

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22 Jun 2008 - 4:05pm
Jeff Howard
2004

mat wrote:
> I was wondering which schools - in US and abroad - have
> good IxD programs, in your opinion and exeperiences.
>

Hi mat,

A while back, an IxDA member named pauric collected a list of schools
from the list with courses related to interaction design and mapped
them out. Here's the link:

http://platial.com/ixdamaps/map/56336

// jeff

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22 Jun 2008 - 6:48pm
Dave Malouf
2005

A less impartial answer here:
Carnegie Mellon
Kansas Univ

Both of these have IxD masters programs right now.

Univ. of Maryland has a masters of Information Systems and IxD.

Bentley is Information and Human FActors

IIT has a masters in Product Design

There are many many HCI courses throughout the country.

In Europe IxD is easier to come by with great programs throughout the
continent. Here are a few:
Sweden: Malmo & Umea
Holland: Einhoven, Utrecht & Delft
UK: RCA
Italy: Domus Academy
Denmark: Copenhagen Inst of Interaction Design
Germany: Pottsdam

If English is a concern: I know that Umea teaches in English and that
Domus and Delft have English considerations of some kind. I haven't
looked into the others.

Asia: I only know of the program at Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ's
Design School.

I don't know of any in Australia, but there are programs with IxD as
a component.

-- dave

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22 Jun 2008 - 7:35pm
seele@obso1337.org
2005

Also add:

University of Baltimore: Interaction Design & Information Architecture

University of Maryland Baltimore County: Human-Centered Computing

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> Univ. of Maryland has a masters of Information Systems and IxD.

Interaction design? Not the last time I checked. They are only recently
embracing more design in to their curriculum via special-topics courses.
Even their HCIL is CS-centric with little focus on design. It is, however, a
pretty good program for someone who wants to focus more on Information
Architecture.

--
Celeste 'seele' Paul
www.obso1337.org

23 Jun 2008 - 5:04pm
Anonymous

I applied to Domus Academy and was accepted about 2 years ago.
Unfortunately, I couldn't attend due to my being broke. Their
classes are in English. Now that I've been working, I would like to
apply again. but my CPU doesn't seem to be able to handle all the
Flash on their website. :(

For the most part, it seems that US schools (Master's programs) are
very research focused, unless you go to an art school (Bachelor's
programs). IxD seems more "trade" focused, so if it's offered in a
traditional university it would likely be wrapped up into other more
established academic fields, like industrial or digital design, HCI,
engineering/CompSci or communications.

(PS - I have a Masters in Information Science, and I have not yet
read the other discussion list.)

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