Masters in Interaction Design/HCI

7 Apr 2010 - 11:02am
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B Edward
2010

Hi all,

I know this question has been raised a number of times in the past but as my situation isn't quite the same as previous posters I hope someone can help me out.

I hold a Bsc in IT (business/CS mix) and have worked for the last 6 years, mostly in online advertising & web analytics here in Ireland. I feel its now time for a switch and want something a little more interesting/creative and something thats not quite as specialised as web analytics and hence gives me more job choice. I think interaction design solves the first part and kind of solves the second (its still pretty specialised and I get the feeling I wont be headhunted). Also its kind of related and I know some usabiity basics already.

As there doesn't seem to be any suitable courses in Ireland I'll have to study abroad. My criteria for a course are:

1 year in length, taught but ideally with dissertation, mostly has a web/mobile focus and caters to people with some previous tech knowledge

The US has tons of courses but they're 2 years long and are probably going to be pretty expensive. The UK has a lot that will suit pretty well but if the UK can be expensive and if I'm going abroad I would like to go somewhere more exotic than the country beside mine. My first thoughts were Canada and Australia but I can't find any courses specific to HCI there, just general CS or pysch masters with some HCI content.

Can anyone provide recommendations on where to study?

Any other thoughts on my career change would also be appreciated :)

Thanks!

 

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7 Apr 2010 - 11:53am
Dan Saffer
2003

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design might be what you're looking for. It's a year long and some tech experience is probably helpful.

http://ciid.dk/

 

 

 

7 Apr 2010 - 1:02pm
Nina Mehta
2010

You may want to take a look at the DELFT courses.

8 Apr 2010 - 7:36am
B Edward
2010

Thanks Guys,

Copenhagen is an option but at 12,000 euros London might end up being better value. Delft looks good but appears to be 2 years. Shame there's nothing in Canada/Australia - had dreams of hitting the slopes of Vancouver on my weekends :) But obviously given the investment the right course is more important than lifestyle choices.

Anyone have any thoughts on moving in to this field? Obviously biggest concern is getting a job in a small market like Ireland

8 Apr 2010 - 8:50am
achong
2006

There is a school in Vancouver if you still want to hit the slops :) the school of interactive arts and technology at simon fraser university

On 4/8/10, B Edward wrote: > Thanks Guys, > > Copenhagen is an option but at 12,000 euros London might end up being better > > value. Delft looks good but appears to be 2 years. Shame there's nothing in > Canada/Australia - had dreams of hitting the slopes of Vancouver on my > weekends :) But obviously given the investment the right course is more > important than lifestyle choices. > > Anyone have any thoughts on moving in to this field? Obviously biggest > concern is getting a job in a small market like Ireland > >

8 Apr 2010 - 9:50am
viller
2007

Surprised you're not finding anything in Aus, what kind of searching have you done?

We have a Masters in Interaction Design at UQ http://www.uq.edu.au/study/program.html?acad_prog=5371, and they also have masters programmes at UTS (Design), and University of Sydney (Interaction Design & Electronic Arts), and elsewhere too I'm sure.

Most Masters programs here are coursework-based but can include a thesis component, and typically last 1.5 years. I think the current exchange rates mean that they're not competitive on fees though.

In terms of job prospects, nobody can give you any guarantees. The best thing you can do, regardless of which masters programme you enter, is to focus on building up your portfolio (you should be doing this regardless).

Stephen.

On 08/04/2010, at 10:57 PM, B Edward wrote:

> Thanks Guys, > > Copenhagen is an option but at 12,000 euros London might end up being better value. Delft looks good but appears to be 2 years. Shame there's nothing in Canada/Australia - had dreams of hitting the slopes of Vancouver on my weekends :) But obviously given the investment the right course is more important than lifestyle choices. > > Anyone have any thoughts on moving in to this field? Obviously biggest concern is getting a job in a small market like Ireland > >

8 Apr 2010 - 9:10am
B Edward
2010

Yeah I actually took a look at that initially. The problem was that they didn't have a defined programme like ciid above or something in the UK eg: http://www.soi.city.ac.uk/pgcourses/hcs/index.html

Is this how masters in Canada usually work? You pick some related classes, do a thesis at some point related to the classes and your done? Its a bit different from how a masters usually works here (defined content, schedule, timeframe) so I didn't really consider it.

9 Apr 2010 - 7:35am
B Edward
2010

Thanks Stephen - had been on both those university sites but amazingly hadn't found either of them, a little ironic really :)

I will definitely look into both of those. The tuition fees seem to be quite a bit more than the UK but that's balanced against a lower cost of living over London. Most importantly both look like good courses. Thanks!

9 Apr 2010 - 9:40am
hersh
2010

From my experience, interactive community/industry in the city of study is extremely important. Toronto has a very active community and there an event happening every couple of weeks related to internet industry. It's an invaluable source for guidance, networking and inspiration when you are taking the course or just out of school. Do research the industry network in the cities you are planning to attend the school in.


Also - cost of living is definitely an upfront investment, but the compensation after the course can appropriately cover it up.
Good luck with your search!

On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM, B Edward <sullysemailaddress@gmail.com> wrote:

Thanks Stephen - had been on both those university sites but amazingly hadn't found either of them, a little ironic really :)

I will definitely look into both of those. The tuition fees seem to be quite a bit more than the UK but that's balanced against a lower cost of living over London. Most importantly both look like good courses. Thanks!

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9 Apr 2010 - 5:40pm
Ron Brissette
2007

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On Apr 9, 2010, at 10:24 AM, hersh wrote:

> From my experience, interactive community/industry in the city of study is extremely important. Toronto has a very active community and there an event happening every couple of weeks related to internet industry. It's an invaluable source for guidance, networking and inspiration when you are taking the course or just out of school. Do research the industry network in the cities you are planning to attend the school in. > > Also - cost of living is definitely an upfront investment, but the compensation after the course can appropriately cover it up. Good luck with your search! > On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM, B Edward wrote: >> Thanks Stephen - had been on both those university sites but amazingly hadn't found either of them, a little ironic really :) >> >> I will definitely look into both of those. The tuition fees seem to be quite a bit more than the UK but that's balanced against a lower cost of living over London. Most importantly both look like good courses. Thanks! >> >> (( >> > >

14 Apr 2010 - 3:00am
alie rose
2009

With regards to the tuition fee for CIID, I would like to stress that we are in the process of fundraising and hope to be able offer financial aid to those who need it.

As per our FAQs:http://ciid.dk/education/admissions/faqs/

How much does the programme cost?
Students will be required to pay a subsidised tuition fee of up to 12,000 Euro (approx. 90,000dkk). However, financial aid – covering tuition, not living expenses – may be available. Until the funding structure of the programme is confirmed we do not have any further information.

There will be a separate process for financial aid and we will keep all applicants informed with any updates on this matter (we will not have any information before May 2010).

As a policy we are seeking the highest quality applications and financial factors do not influence the admissions process. We will try to support the ideal candidates irrespective of their ability to pay the full tuition fee.

You can find out more about our admissions process here: http://ciid.dk/education/admissions/

..........

If you require more information please feel free to email me: a.rose at ciid.dk

 

21 Jun 2011 - 11:13am
mikaelfernstrom
2011

At the University of Limerick, we have a 12-month MA/MSc in Interactive Media (which is, mainly, Interaction Design). See http://www.csis.ul.ie/imedia/ for details. The fees are currently 2,750 euro or EU students. The course has been running since 1999. We take in up to 20 students per year.

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