Masters Programs in the DC Area

22 Jul 2008 - 10:04am
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matthewlarn
2008

I'm on the verge of taking a job in the DC area and wanted to know if there
were any good programs in the area for UX or Interaction Design. Any help or
advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

-Matthew Stephens
Co-Founder, deviantART.com
www.codebymatt.com

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22 Jul 2008 - 12:44pm
david.shaw6@gma...
2004

Matthew,

You might want to search the IxDA posts of recent. There's been much
discussion on schools and UX/UI/IxD/Etc. I believe UMD or UBalt has HCI/IxD
type of programs. But I don't know much about these programs. If anyone on
the list is in one of these, I'd be curious to hear their thoughts.

Good luck!
David

On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 8:04 AM, Matthew Stephens <matthewlarn at gmail.com>
wrote:

> I'm on the verge of taking a job in the DC area and wanted to know if there
> were any good programs in the area for UX or Interaction Design. Any help
> or
> advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
>
> -Matthew Stephens
> Co-Founder, deviantART.com
> www.codebymatt.com
> ________________________________________________________________
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22 Jul 2008 - 12:46pm
SemanticWill
2007

UMD has a great program - Schneiderman teaches there - and there are at
least a few people on the list that have gone there.

On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 1:44 PM, David Shaw <david.shaw6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Matthew,
>
> You might want to search the IxDA posts of recent. There's been much
> discussion on schools and UX/UI/IxD/Etc. I believe UMD or UBalt has HCI/IxD
> type of programs. But I don't know much about these programs. If anyone
> on
> the list is in one of these, I'd be curious to hear their thoughts.
>
> Good luck!
> David
>
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 8:04 AM, Matthew Stephens <matthewlarn at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > I'm on the verge of taking a job in the DC area and wanted to know if
> there
> > were any good programs in the area for UX or Interaction Design. Any help
> > or
> > advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
> >
> > -Matthew Stephens
> > Co-Founder, deviantART.com
> > www.codebymatt.com
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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>
>
>
> --
> "Art provokes thinking, design solves problems"
>
> w: http://www.davidshaw.info
> ________________________________________________________________
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~ will

"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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22 Jul 2008 - 7:04pm
Anonymous

M.S. Interaction Design and Information Architecture
at the University of Baltimore

I am in the program since last year and it has been a great
experience. My background is in graphic design and I worked many
years as a web designer. Many students come from that field or
library sciences, business, IT, and/or other areas. They also have
lab with eye tracking for usability testing and a very dedicated
faculty.

Classes are small, in the evening, and on weekends. Most students
work full-time and are able to manage it.

Depending where you will live in DC, the commute is doable. The
university is next to the train station and the drive is not too bad.
DC has lots of jobs and it keeps on growing, even on non-election
years.

University of Baltimore:
http://www.ubalt.edu/

School of Information Arts and Technologies:
http://iat.ubalt.edu/IDIA/

Good luck!

--
Adriana Machado
Information Architect/ Designer
Graduate Student

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23 Jul 2008 - 12:34pm
Anonymous

Matthew,

I just finished my masters at GWU, located in DC at Foggy Bottom metro
station. There are only a handful of UX/UI seminars or classes. There are a
handful of cognitive psychology classes that can be taken to augment your
the required 10 classes but all-in-all it's a heavily computer science,
programming, and algorithms oriented curriculum. At GWU I learned quite a
bit in my cognitive psychology classes but did not find that I learned
anything new in the 2-3 UX/UI classes.

When I last looked at UMCP, they had a larger UX/UI domain than GWU but it
was still a heavily focused in the computer science realm.

If you're leaning towards the development heavy curriculum with
technological back-end implementations and computer engineering theories
then either of these schools will probably meet your needs.

I did not know that UMBC had a more robust HCI curriculum or I may have gone
there instead.

Hope this helps,

Thai

24 Jul 2008 - 9:48am
John Chin
2008

Matthew and David,
I graduated from the University of Maryland program at College Park as a
Psychology student.
I did research with Ben Shneiderman and was part of the human-computer
interaction lab even though
I was not a computer science student. The lab is composed of people
studying different fields.
I didn't take all of the heavy theory computer science courses.
Instead I took many of the courses related to Cognitive Science and
Statistical analysis.

I hope that gives you some more insights.
Feel free to contact me off-line if you like.
Yours,
John Chin
jchin at acm.org

On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 1:46 PM, Will Evans <will at semanticfoundry.com>wrote:

> UMD has a great program - Schneiderman teaches there - and there are at
> least a few people on the list that have gone there.
>
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 1:44 PM, David Shaw <david.shaw6 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Matthew,
> >
> > You might want to search the IxDA posts of recent. There's been much
> > discussion on schools and UX/UI/IxD/Etc. I believe UMD or UBalt has
> HCI/IxD
> > type of programs. But I don't know much about these programs. If anyone
> > on
> > the list is in one of these, I'd be curious to hear their thoughts.
> >
> > Good luck!
> > David
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 8:04 AM, Matthew Stephens <matthewlarn at gmail.com
> >
> > wrote:
> >
> > > I'm on the verge of taking a job in the DC area and wanted to know if
> > there
> > > were any good programs in the area for UX or Interaction Design. Any
> help
> > > or
> > > advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
> > >
> > > -Matthew Stephens
> > > Co-Founder, deviantART.com
> > > www.codebymatt.com
> > > ________________________________________________________________
> > > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> > > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> > > List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> > > List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > "Art provokes thinking, design solves problems"
> >
> > w: http://www.davidshaw.info
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> > List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> > List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
> >
>
>
>
> --
> ~ will
>
> "Where you innovate, how you innovate,
> and what you innovate are design problems"
>
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Will Evans | User Experience Architect
> tel +1.617.281.1281 | will at semanticfoundry.com
> twitter: https://twitter.com/semanticwill
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>

25 Jul 2008 - 2:30am
Paul Trumble
2004

No personal experience with it, but if cognitive science is what you are
after, George Mason has a very good masters program. I've had people on my
team who went there. I think the focus tends to be more on transportation
and military applications than the web, but the principles apply just as
well. Good usability labs, good eye tracking equipment.

Not design of course, just principles.

Paul Trumble

--
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http://www.trumbling.com/
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