Hi all, my name is Erika and I recently got admitted to Pratt Information Experience Design, SVA Interaction Design, IIT ID, and NYU IDM, and I’m really struggling to decide which school to go to.
I have a little over a year of experience as a UX Researcher but I don’t have much experience in design and I wish to explore both UX design and research in graduate school (not sure if I want to focus on design or research yet). Also, I want to build my portfolio through course projects so I want to go to a school that offers practical courses. Basically, the most important factor for me is employability.
Pratt IXD is a great program but I heard from alumni that it’s very research-focused and that I would have to take courses outside of school to learn product design.
SVA offers courses in both research and design but I feel like Pratt is more well-renowned? and the tuition is double that of Pratt.
IIT has an ideal program but I want to be in NY and its reputation isn’t as good as other schools I believe.
NYU IDM offers interesting courses but they’re really broad and I feel like it’s not practical enough to build a portfolio and find a job as a UX designer/researcher.
I need to make a decision soon but I really don’t know which school would be the best fit for me. I would greatly appreciate any insight or advice. Thanks!