interaction at the royal collafe of art

Early next year I will be graduation from my product design degree.
I am interested in the interaction course at the royal collage of art.
Anyone know if you need an interaction degree or if my product BA will be ok?
I am interested in objects but find interaction an interesting area do any of you know anything about the course?

hmmm, this thread looks dead. but i will answer anyway.

i knew two people who did a product design BA at central st.martins. one of them went on to do the Interaction Design (back then it was called CRD - Computer-Related Design) at RCA, the other went to work doing design research/innovation design for interaction. both are doing really well.

i wish more people with product design backgrounds would do interaction-design actually. it makes the environment and the design process so much more interesting. :slight_smile:

what would you like to know about interaction design?

hey yasmina, are you an interaction designer? i’d like to know how to become one. only a few schools offer BA’s in interaction design, mostly you need to go to grad school just to become one.

yes, i am an interaction designer.

i went to ravensbourne and did my BA in Interaction Design. that course has been there a while, maybe 10 years? a lot of people on the course then went on to CRD/Interaction Design at RCA.

are you in ehv? are you Dutch? i read your post about Design Academy, and you seem to know the area quite well. what kind of interaction design would you like to be doing?

i have a friend who did graphic design at DAE, and from doing product graphics, she’s now doing interaction design for consumer products and design research.

so i don’t think it really matters what kind of background you have; sure, there is a preference for people who have had formal training on the subject, but with work experience you could get a foot in the door.

the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE) as well as TU Delft offer an industrial design course where students can specialise in Interaction Design. i don’t know about TU Delft, but their course seem to be quite technical (from the graduates i’ve seen and worked with).

i myself have been involved in teaching/student workshops at the TUE and the BA in Industrial Design is a really good course. fun to teach too :slight_smile:

the course structure has specific modules + group projects at its core, mandatory for everyone. then you have electives/assignments which you can choose yourself. the classes vary from the vocational/practical (i.e how to actionscript in Flash) to thematic explorations (i.e Treasured Objects, where the brief is: imagine your house is on fire, and you can only save one object. what object is it? design that object for someone whose house is going to burn down).

hope this helps.

HI yasmina, c

ould you please lemme know if TUE has PhD /Masters in Interaction Design.I guess they have masters by the name of Fun Lab.i had requested for the prospectus but somone replied saying they’ll be out next jan. Is it worth doing IXD from TUE.I am from India, a product designer working for a us based company that is into water related product development solutions. I’ may opt for it after 2 yrs of exp. What is the placement like? How would u rate it vi-s-vis RCA and Ivrea (Now domus).Regards

Abhi

funlab is in DAE not TUE.

HI yasmina, c

ould you please lemme know if TUE has PhD /Masters in Interaction Design… Is it worth doing IXD from TUE.I am from India, a product designer working for a us based company that is into water related product development solutions. I’ may opt for it after 2 yrs of exp. What is the placement like? How would u rate it vi-s-vis RCA and Ivrea (Now domus).

i had requested for the DAE prospectus but someone replied saying they’ll be out next jan. What about Funlab as an option. I want to do a course that has a very good faculty. Which one out of RCA, DAE and TU would u say has the best faculty experience.And what about PhD. I have two masters degrees, one in Structures and one in Industrial design, both from highly repute, rather best, colleges in India. how are students taken for PhD? Sorry I loading you with lots of questions but i guess I was waiting since a lonng time to hear from a source like you.Thanx.

Regards

Abhi

TUE doesn’t have an Interaction Design course. They just have an Industrial Design course at bachelor’s and master’s levels, in which you can specialise in Interaction Design. I think there is a research position/PhD in the Industrial Design faculty, but not sure what it involves. Have you checked the TUE website? This is the page for their master’s program.

I went to the DAE Graduation show last night and the work varies from blue-sky to arty to applicable design solutions. I am not sure about the Funlab; it’s a new course, and I don’t know anyone that’s been on it. I considered applying for the Funlab course but the structure seemed somewhat too lax. Don’t take my word for it; maybe we’re looking for different things.

Which RCA course do you mean? Industrial Design or Interaction Design/CRD? Last time I was at RCA physically was in 2000, so I’m not sure how up-to-date I am. I’ve worked with RCA graduates for a number of years, and these designers are great at what they do, however, they’ve ended up in different directions of Interaction Design. Some end up doing people-research, some end up doing a lot of screen interactions for consumer products, some end up doing innovation design. Variety in alumni is always good, I think. Shows that the curriculum is versatile.

I’m only going to start my course at Domus/Ivrea next January, so I have no idea what the course will be like.

um, i’m the ehv who posted in the design academy thread, but i’m not the one asking about interaction design. time to get a more original username!

abhi, here’s the link to the design academy’s master’s graduation projects from last year. there aren’t many from funlab, it’s still a small program. but from what i know of funlab, it’s not really the interaction design you’re thinking of; it’s about “experience design” which could be anything from amusement parks to products that are designed from the point of view of how the end user will interact with them.

hope that helps.

yasmina, are you also in eindhoven?

to the con “the real ehv”

can you explain what you mean by “experience design”?