Any recommendation for master programs NOT requiring design/computer background?

11 Mar 2010 - 9:02am
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Zhang Jieying
2009

It's my third year in Business School.  I have no design/ computer background.  However, I want to apply a master program of Interaction Design or User Experience Design.  I just know CMU's Interaction Design does not require design background.  Do you know any other universities have this kind of program?

 

Regards,

Jieying

 

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11 Mar 2010 - 9:57am
Laryssa
2010

Hi, I have a  Master of Information (Information Systems stream) from the Faculty of Information Studies at UofToronto. It does not require design experience. It was an awesome program and experience. Check it out here: http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/

Laryssa

26 Mar 2010 - 5:30pm
Kelly Bell
2008

Look at grad programs under LIS (Library and Information Sciences) at many Universities - these typically do NOT require CompSci backgrounds, and are especially popular with educators and folks in practical information science fields. University of Missouri - Columbia also has an excellent program.

Kelly Bell kbell@lotussolus.com 917.446.1555

On Mar 11, 2010, at 10:45 AM, Laryssa wrote:

> Hi, I have a Master of Information (Information Systems stream) from the Faculty of Information Studies at UofToronto. It does not require design experience. It was an awesome program and experience. Check it out here: http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/ [1] > > Laryssa > >

11 Mar 2010 - 7:42pm
amandapetunia
2007

Ha, I was gonig to offer a similar suggestion same degree (MLIS) from UCLA.  http://is.gseis.ucla.edu/

11 Mar 2010 - 10:09pm
Georgette Sulllivan
2009

Hi! You might want to take a look at the University of Kansas. Several of my classmates do not have design backgrounds. The lack of design background has been embraced by the faculty.

good luck!

georgette

26 Mar 2010 - 5:21pm
Bruce Shields
2009

The Human-Computer Interaction masters at the School of Information at the University of Michigan is really tailored for people of all backgrounds. There are people here who don't have a programming or a design background. Go to http://www.si.umich.edu/msi/hci.htm for information.

Cheers,

Bruce On Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:43:43 -0600, Georgette Sulllivan wrote: > Hi! You might want to take a look at the University of Kansas. Several of > my
> classmates do not have design backgrounds. The lack of design background > has
> been embraced by the faculty. > > good luck! > > georgette > >

12 Mar 2010 - 1:01am
Margaret Schultz
2009

The University of Washington has an MS program in Human Centered Design & Engineering and it doesn't require a computer or design background. Good faculty there as well, very established in the field, lots of ongoing research. They also have a PhD program. 

Margaret

14 Mar 2010 - 2:27am
RyanaChan
2006

I think you could find more answers about this education question:

http://uxexchange.com/questions/tagged/education

Ryana

14 Mar 2010 - 11:40am
Mark Thompson-Kolar
2010

University of Michigan's Master of Science in Information doesn't require a computer design background. www.si.umich.edu

26 Mar 2010 - 5:31pm
Ben Gon
2007

NYU's ITP - www.itp.nyu.edu

----- Original Message ---- From: Mark Thompson-Kolar To: medellin43@yahoo.com Sent: Sun, March 14, 2010 12:57:05 PM Subject: Re: [IxDA] Any recommendation for master programs NOT requiring design/computer background?

University of Michigan's Master of Science in Information doesn't require a computer design background. www.si.umich.edu

14 Mar 2010 - 7:35pm
Sarah Teitler
2010

NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

 

26 Mar 2010 - 5:31pm
vibha
2009

I studied at ITP. Much like other schools it is fairly expensive. ITP has a heavy prototyping focus and the unwritten rule is basics in programming and visual communication will take you far ahead of others.

Even if  a program is willing to let you in, I would NOT recommend going in without a strong grip on basic skills required for this craft.
A lack of basics is the difference between mediocre and strong work in school.

With the number of units one has to take there is no time to struggle with basics of photoshop, flash, processing and C/ java even ID to some extent.
Plus every semester there are new tools, tips and tricks that you need to come upto speed with. Save money and prepare for design school by reading looking at projects online and doing some draft work/ solving design problems on your own.

Best
Vibha


On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 5:52 PM, Sarah Teitler <contact@ixda.org> wrote:

NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

 

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14 Mar 2010 - 8:24pm
Robert Racadio
2008

The  Insitute of Design at the Illinois Insititute of Technology (IIT) is very user-centered and does not have a design requirement to get in. However, does require that you spend an extra  year taking foundational design courses to get up to speed

15 Mar 2010 - 4:56am
Zhang Jieying
2009

Thank you for all the recommendations.

 

15 Mar 2010 - 12:23pm
Sue Gemmell
2010

I went to University of Washington for my Masters in Information Management; I loved it, and would be happy to talk about it with anyone who is considering a program such as this one.  http://ischool.uw.edu/msim/ 

26 Mar 2010 - 5:31pm
Zach_at_Paladin
2010

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I have heard the same three schools come up a lot and they are The University of Indiana, The University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon…

 

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Subject: Re: [IxDA] Any recommendation for master programs NOT requiring design/computer background?

 

I went to University of Washington for my Masters in Information Management; 

I loved it, and would be happy to talk about it with anyone who is 

considering a program such as this one.  http://ischool.uw.edu/msim/ [1] 

 

15 Mar 2010 - 12:55pm
Erin Stewart
2010

I'm currently working on my Master's in Information Management at University of Maryland, College Park's College of Information Studies. I've loved my classes so far and there are plenty of classes related to user experience, information architecture, and web application development. A handful of students come from a business background and the program has management courses related to information programs if you want to tie your background from you bachelor's degree. Personally I have a bachelor's in Economics and am in my second year of working as a Web Developer. The program, however, does not assume prior knowledge of computer science, etc.

Here is a link for information about the program: http://ischool.umd.edu/programs/mim.shtml

18 Mar 2010 - 1:54pm
NikkiK
2010

Erin, it seems that the MIM program at UMD-College Park has 3 tracks: 1) The Individual Plan; 2) Strategic Management of Information Concentration; 3)  Socio-Tech Information Systems Concentration

Which track are you taking? What has been your experience using the HCI lab?

Thanks!

15 Mar 2010 - 9:26pm
jkolko
2010

Hi,

You might consider Austin Center for Design - you can learn more at http://www.austincenterfordesign.com/ - the program focuses on a broad definition of interaction design, which implicitly has nothing to do with technology.

Thanks!

Jon

16 Mar 2010 - 7:50am
philipbrook
2008

University of Huddersfield (Patrick Stwewart AKA Jean Luc Pickard is Chancellor of this place) and Middlesex University in the UK do postgrad courses that accomodate non-designers. Both places have design and architecture schools as well as tech, media and music etc so lively places.

26 Mar 2010 - 5:21pm
philipbrook
2008

You could try Middlesex Uni or Uni of Huddersfied (in the UK) who both run a variety of post grad courses.
E.g. Middlesex
"You do not have to be a designer or a programmer; only one third of our students are."
http://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/media_arts/dim_ma.aspx

From: Zhang Jieying <contact@ixda.org>
To: p_brook@yahoo.co.uk
Sent: Thu, 11 March, 2010 14:29:37
Subject: [IxDA] Any recommendation for master programs NOT requiring design/computer background?

It's my third year in Business School.  I have no design/ computer background.  However, I want to apply a master program of Interaction Design or User Experience Design.  I just know CMU's Interaction Design does not require design background.  Do you know any other universities have this kind of program?

 

Regards,

Jieying

 

26 Mar 2010 - 5:31pm
Chauncey Wilson
2007

Bentley University in Waltham, MA, USA, has a Master's program in Human Factors in Information Design.  Some classes are now hybrid classes with both remote and local students studying for the graduate degree. 

  For more information see:  http://www.bentley.edu/idcc/courses_grad_mshfid.cfm   You do not require computer science or specific design background for this program.    For full disclosure, I teach courses in usability testing and prototyping methods in the program.   Chauncey

On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 9:38 AM, Zhang Jieying <contact@ixda.org> wrote:

It's my third year in Business School.  I have no design/ computer background.  However, I want to apply a master program of Interaction Design or User Experience Design.  I just know CMU's Interaction Design does not require design background.  Do you know any other universities have this kind of program?

 

Regards,

Jieying

 

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