master in interaction design programs

1 Jun 2010 - 11:09am
6 years ago
4 replies
2794 reads

Hi everyone,
My name is Avner and I'm an experienced web designer located in Israel.
I'm looking for a good master program in interaction design - anywhere in the world.
I read some threads but a lot of them are out of date and I have plenty of questions.
The first big issue is that I don't have a proper bachelor degree. I learned visual communication for 4 years (diploma studies) and I have a strong portfolio and work experience.
Unfortunately the price of studying is crucial because my budget is low.

Working while studying - I have <a href="">my own business</a>. Do you think I can work part time? (how many hours?)

A 1 year program is a huge bonus because I won't be able to work too much while studying but I'm aware that most of the programs require 2 years.

Theoretical studies are important and interesting but it's important to me that the degree will offer a lot of design and creative thinking.
I understand that HCI is a little bit more theoretical and IXD is a little bit more into interface design. Am I right?
I speak english well but I'm willing to learn a new language if you think it's possible.

I would love to hear what are the most respected programs in the industry, in the US and Europe.
What do you think about the Domus program in Milan?

Thanks for your help,



1 Jun 2010 - 11:28am

I've heard this program was excellent:

It's really hard to get into but I heard it's worth it.

1 Jun 2010 - 12:16pm

Hello Avner,

I'm looking for somthing similar but mainly online courses as I won't be able to do this together with my day job.


1 Jun 2010 - 1:36pm
Dave Malouf

Avner (mah yanim?),

It's really hard to give you an answer b/c I have not researched which programs will excuse you not having a bachelors (in anything) or not. My guess is that your best bet is to go to an unaccredited program b/c this will most likely allow a solid exception.

If you are looking for a 1yr program, the best i can recommend that is also currently not accredited is the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. it is tremendously hands on (but I think your interpretation of IxD focusing on UI design, might speak to some language issues, or semantical issues. I don't think that is accurate). Their 1-yr program is for a certificate and not a masters degree, but it is definitely post-graduate. If you want to take the 2nd year to get a Masters of Arts degree you can do that if you want. I don't know if/when you have to declare your intentions for the 2nd year.

Check out Oh! it is taught in English.

As far as  I know Domus is an accredited masters program so it might be harder to get an exemption on not having a bachelors degree.

-- dave

1 Jun 2010 - 8:35pm

Hi Dave,
Thanks for your help!
I didn't hear about the Copenhagen program. I'll check it.
You're saying that my talk about the difference between IXD and HCI is not accurate. Can you correct me and elaborate?

Syndicate content Get the feed