Clarifications regarding the Digital Media program at Georgia Tech
21 Jun 2012 - 12:06am
50 weeks ago
I'm Govind from Bangalore, and I've received an admit for the Digital Media (MS) program at Georgia Tech, this fall and have a few clarifications regarding the course. Just to give you an insight into my background, I've been dabbling with Photoshop and a lil bit of Illustrator, and have reasonable design skills. Programming wise, I'm familiar with C, haven't been involved in web design (CSS, HTML, PHP) yet..
I'm trying to understand the kind of technologies the program exposes one to: for instance, I believe we would be learning Processing (www.processing.org), and for interaction design projects HTML, CSS, PHP would come into the picture. Apart from these, would we be learning anything about new stuff like Augmented reality, touch technologies or anything like 3D projection mapping? And regarding interaction design, would the course involve designing the visual elements of the interface, revolving around how the interface would look and feel like, animations, etc. Or, would it involve designing the logic behind the UI, drawn in a flowchart describing all possible user inputs and necessary actions?
I was also trying to get an idea about the kind of jobs that are out there for DM grads.. the website shows Interaction designers, DVD producers, game designers and so on.. However, what I see in many profiles of alumni are that they land up as web developers or web designers. My only worry is that, if CSS/HTML/PHP are the core technologies of this course, I might as well be able to pick these up on my own, say in 6-8 months and land up as a web designer here. On that note, my cousin happens to have co-founded a startup that works on graphic and web design, and is slowly getting into animation, VFX and 3D. With a good number of projects coming in, I could be able to pick up CSS, HTML, PHP and maybe a bit of After Effects as well, say in about 6 months, or a little more. At this point, i'm really wondering if the DM program actually offers anything more than just web designer jobs, or do we actually work on any high tech stuff that GT is really worth going for.
The other admit I received was for the Masters in Information Science program (specialization in HCI) at UMich, Ann Arbor. However, felt that wasn't really in line with my interests of visual design.
Thanks everyone for your help in advance! :)