Nearly all requested a bachelor’s degree and transcripts, while less than half required a résumé or an interview.For final projects, it was pretty evenly split between those that used a thesis and those that used a capstone project.
Yes, learning is different than doing, industry is not academia.
Still, could it really be that business needs actively conflicted with the goals of higher education?
Since I am about to finish graduate school, this blog will be transfered to the following address: I will keep posting interesting projects and news about design and interaction. 🙂 Aegis Hyposurface is an elastic architectural surface made up of small metal plates that are controlled pneumatically and react in real time to electronic stimuli from the environment (movement, sound, light, etc).
Driven by 896 pneumatic pistons, the dynamic ‘terrains’ are generated as real-time calculations.
They cast a wide net in job listings instead — like an interaction designer job that required a bachelor’s degree in “CS, web dev, HCI, mobile computing, graphic design, software engineering or a related field of study.”Even worse, employers begin to ignore degrees entirely.
Research Proposal Topics In Business - Interaction Design Thesis Project
From the aforementioned survey of interaction designer job listings, 40% did not ask for any degree.Nor did the degree title change depending on what kind of school taught the program.Even comparing departments failed to show much of a correlation either.They choose programs based on proximity or reputation, not on specific skills they hope to gain or specialties they hope to pursue.Employers similarly don’t have a sense for what skills, knowledge or ability a particular degree might represent on a résumé.Sure, Computer Science and Information Science departments were more likely to house a Human-Computer Interaction degree, while a Design department housed an Interaction Design degree occupied, but beyond that, there really wasn’t much to learn. So I took 24 randomly selected, geographically distributed degrees named “interaction design” and looked deeper.I examined prerequisites, length, coursework, and whether they required a thesis for graduation. Only a slight majority were two years long, with the rest between one year and three years long.Interestingly, four programs didn’t require either. I tallied all the individual courses they taught and found 391 unique course titles.As with the program names, I optimized the names further, such as consolidating all the “prototyping” classes together.I found 49 different required courses, and not one of them appeared in even 50 percent of the other programs. Indeed, there is no such thing as an interaction design degree.Without consistent degree names and programs, prospective students can’t accurately compare schools.