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									                                                                                       Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                              Updated October 2011
Location                    School                             Program                            URL                                                Details

Australia                   Charles Sturt University           Master of Information              http://www.csu.edu.au/courses/postgraduate/infor The Master of Information Studies is designed to reflect the
                                                               Studies, Specialization in         mation_studies_master/course-overview            critical importance of information and knowledge
                                                               Information Architecture                                                            management across a wide range of fields and institutions.
                                                                                                                                                   The course provides students with an in-depth
                                                                                                                                                   understanding of the creation, evaluation, collection,
                                                                                                                                                   organisation, utilisation and dissemination of information.

                                                                                                                                                     Masters in Information Studies contains a specialization on
                                                                                                                                                     Information Architecture with exit points for a Graduate
                                                                                                                                                     Diploma and Graduate Certificate. Online available.

Australia                   Canberra University                Master of Information              http://www.canberra.edu.au/courses-units/m-        Donna Maurer says: Not directly IA, but the closest I've
                                                               Studies in Internet                coursework/information-studies/online/957aa        been able to find in Australia (and it's on-line which is really
                                                               Communication (online)                                                                important for me at the moment). It includes graphic
                                                                                                                                                     design, writing, web design, information retrieval, HCI
                                                                                                                                                     & usability. Most courses that contain any HCI are in
                                                                                                                                                     computing departments, where you need to do stacks of
                                                                                                                                                     coding subjects before touching HCI!

Australia                   University of Queensland           Graduate Certificate in            http://www.uq.edu.au/study/program.html?acad_ Why study the Graduate Certificate in Interaction Design?
                                                               Interaction Design                 prog=5369                                     In the past, computer work was a profession for specialists.
                                                                                                                                                Today, and even more so in the future, interaction with
                                                                                                                                                electronic devices is a major part of our daily lives. From
                                                                                                                                                early childhood onwards we are connected to networks,
                                                                                                                                                telecommunications and computer-based technology,
                                                                                                                                                therefore the focus of systems design and design in
                                                                                                                                                technology consequently is destined to change. These
                                                                                                                                                programs train students to understand and solve usability
                                                                                                                                                problems.


Australia                   University of Queensland           Masters of Interaction             http://www.uq.edu.au/study/program.html?acad_ Why study the Master of Interaction Design?
                                                               Design                             prog=5371                                     In the past, computer work was a profession for specialists.
                                                                                                                                                Today, and even more so in the future, interaction with
                                                                                                                                                electronic devices is a major part of our daily lives. From
                                                                                                                                                early childhood onwards we are connected to networks,
                                                                                                                                                telecommunications and computer-based technology,
                                                                                                                                                therefore the focus of systems design and design in
                                                                                                                                                technology consequently is destined to change. These
                                                                                                                                                programs train students to understand and solve usability
                                                                                                                                                problems.

Brazil                      Web para Designers                 Information Architecture           http://www.arteccom.com.br/cursos/index.php        Online course in Portuguese, from the Brazilian company
                                                               course module                                                                         Arteccom, which has a specific module about IA. Very
                                                                                                                                                     introductory.

Canada                      University of Alberta              School of Library and              http://www.ualberta.ca/~dzhao/courses/534/534_ Information Architecture: Web Design for Usability
                                                               Information Studies                outline.html                                   An examination of the principles and practice of web
                                                                                                                                                 usability, with a focus on information architecture, layout
                                                                                                                                                 and design, metadata and other topics related to effective
                                                                                                                                                 web design and management. Includes an introduction to
                                                                                                                                                 XHTML, CSS and other web coding.

Canada                      University of Toronto              Professional Learning              Information Architecture - Basic:                   Learning objectives
                                                               Centre                             http://plc.fis.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?co
                                                                                                  urseid=223                                              * understand Information Architecture fundamentals, why
                                                                                                                                                      it’s important, and related concepts
                                                                                                                                                          * understand at a high-level how to design an effective
                                                                                                                                                      Information Architecture that reflects the organizational
                                                                                                                                                      culture and distinctive patterns of different user groups

                                                                                                                                                     Target Audience:

                                                                                                                                                     Managers, experienced information management
                                                                                                                                                     practitioners, or Intranet and website designers/managers
                                                                                                                                                     who are charged with:

                                                                                                                                                        * Organizing and labeling information on websites,
                                                                                                                                                     portals, intranets or content management systems
                                                                                                                                                        * Hiring consultants to set up their website, portal, intranet
                                                                                                                                                     or content management system
                                                                                                                                                        * Managing or maintaining their website, portal, intranet
                                                                                                                                                     or content management system




            If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                             Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                      Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                             Updated October 2011
Location                   School                             Program                            URL                                                Details

Canada                     University of Toronto              Professional Learning              Information Architecture - Advanced:                This course goes beyond the material covered in the Basic
                                                              Centre                             http://plc.fis.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?co course, looking at specific usability issues, information
                                                                                                 urseid=225                                          retrieval and how to use Information Architecture principles
                                                                                                                                                     when applied to Content Management Systems. The course
                                                                                                                                                     also takes a hand's on approach to the subject, while
                                                                                                                                                     presenting industry best practices designed to maximize an
                                                                                                                                                     organization's ability to provide information through the
                                                                                                                                                     creation of distinct "information spaces".

                                                                                                                                                    This course addresses such issues as:

                                                                                                                                                      * optimizing information structure for online reading
                                                                                                                                                      * user and task analysis for interface design
                                                                                                                                                      * learning additional usability testing and content
                                                                                                                                                    management tools

Canada                     University of Toronto-             Joint program in New               Interface Design, Navigation and Interaction I     Students in New Media can earn an Honours Bachelor of
                           Centennial College                 Media Studies                      Interface Design, Navigation and Interaction II    Arts degree and an Ontario College Certificate while
                                                                                                                                                    learning from leading academics and professionals. The
                                                                                                                                                    program focuses on the critical thinking, research, design,
                                                                                                                                                    and communications skills and experience needed to
                                                                                                                                                    analyze the impact of media on culture today. Students
                                                                                                                                                    master the techniques necessary to transform the world in a
                                                                                                                                                    knowledge-driven society. Graduates take with them a
                                                                                                                                                    portfolio demonstrating their creative abilities and academic
                                                                                                                                                    expertise and are ready for careers in any organization
                                                                                                                                                    requiring creative thinking in media and communication.



Canada                     University of Western              Master of Library and      http://www.fims.uwo.ca/acad_programs/grad/lis.h Course: Web Design and Architecture
                           Ontario                            Information Science,       tm                                              Skills needed to produce a good basic Web site. Concepts
                                                              Faculty of Information and                                                 of information architecture as they apply to Web site design.
                                                              Media Studies                                                              Methods of navigation and searching on Web sites. Forms
                                                                                                                                         of discourse and text structure suitable to the Web
                                                                                                                                         environment. Importance of creating user-centered Web
                                                                                                                                         designs and understanding user groups.

                                                                                                                                                    Course: Web Usability: Theory and Practice
                                                                                                                                                    This course offers an examination of the principles and
                                                                                                                                                    practice of usability, with a focus on information
                                                                                                                                                    architecture, usability testing and other topics related to
                                                                                                                                                    determining the effectiveness of web sites. Students
                                                                                                                                                    critically review the literature on usability research, learn
                                                                                                                                                    techniques for usability evaluation, conduct usability tests
                                                                                                                                                    on web sites and write usability reports.
Denmark                    Aarlborg University                Master in Information              http://www.informationsarkitektur.aau.dk/          Information architecture is a graduate study program,
                                                              Architecture                                                                          dedicated to educate information architects. The core is a
                                                                                                                                                    rhetoric and ecological approach to categorizing, organizing
                                                                                                                                                    and presenting information.

India                      National Institute of              Post-Graduate Diploma in http://www.nid.edu/study_pg_iid.htm                          Ahemdabad had been the only specialised design school in
                           Design (NID)                       Information and Interface                                                             India established in 1961, based on the ideology of Bauhaus
                                                              Design                                                                                and Ulm in Germany. NID predominantly was specialized in
                                                                                                                                                    Industrial design and part of Visual Communication as in
                                                                                                                                                    Graphic Design , Animation. NID offers Information Design
                                                                                                                                                    as a 2 year master level course ("post-graduate"). In India
                                                                                                                                                    the industry is not mature enough to differentiate between IA
                                                                                                                                                    and UI design posts. This program focuses on HCI.
                                                                                                                                                    Interface design is an established thing... with usability at its
                                                                                                                                                    core. There are lots of overlaps and nobody gives (usually)
                                                                                                                                                    a separate post as Information Architect. There are a lot of
                                                                                                                                                    posts for Interface Designers who do the work of IA as well
                                                                                                                                                    as UxD and usability expert.




           If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                             Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                      Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                             Updated October 2011
Location                   School                             Program                            URL                                                  Details

Ireland                    University College Dublin School of Information &                     http://www.ucd.ie/sils/index.html                    Information Architecture: Designing the Web (IS30050)
                                                     Library Studies                             https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/w_sm_web_inf_simple_      This module offers an overview of the concepts and
                                                                                                 viewer.show_module?p_code=is30050#maincont           practices of information architecture as it relates to the
                                                                                                 ent                                                  World Wide Web/Internet. Just as traditional architects seek
                                                                                                                                                      to optimise the effectiveness, efficiency, and usability of
                                                                                                                                                      living and work spaces, so information architects seek to
                                                                                                                                                      create information environments that reduce barriers to
                                                                                                                                                      communication and access, while improving the efficiency
                                                                                                                                                      and effectiveness for all parties, including organisations and
                                                                                                                                                      their customers, system designers and users. The focus of
                                                                                                                                                      this module is on reinforcing best practices for information
                                                                                                                                                      architecture by analysing, evaluating and developing web
                                                                                                                                                      site designs.

Italy                      Domus Academy                      Master of Interaction              http://www.domusacademy.it/site/it/home/master-      The Master in I-Design is born from a challenge: to bring
                                                              Design                             programs/interaction-design/introduzione.html        into the world of Information and Communication
                                                                                                 http://www.domusacademy.com/site/home/maste          Technology (ICT) the originality of the culture of Italian
                                                                                                 r-programs/interaction-design/intro.html (English)   design. The program objective is to train designers the
                                                                                                                                                      conceptual and practical tools necessary to develop
                                                                                                                                                      concepts and strategies for the world of ICT

Poland                     Library and Information            Information Architecture:          http://www.ap.krakow.pl/iinib/spai/                  Postgraduated study in Information Architecture
                           Science Institute at               Web Sites Information
                           Pedagogical University             Management

Sweden                     Malmö Högskolan                    Informationsarkitekt               http://www.edu.mah.se/TIARK/syllabus/                3 year, programs in Information Architecture leading to
                                                              (Diploma in Information                                                                 diploma in Computer Science or Information Technology
                                                              Architecture)

Sweden                     Borås Högskolan                    School of Business and    http://www.hb.se/wps/portal/hit                               School of Business and Informatics includes Information
                                                              Informatics (Bachelor and http://itsomyrke.nu/                                          Architecture in its program. The 3 year IA Bachelors degree
                                                              Masters programs)                                                                       does not appear to be available at this time.
                                                              Informationskarkitekt
                                                              (Bachelor)

United Kingdom             University College London Master of Science in HCI                    http://www.uclic.ucl.ac.uk                           Egonomics and HCI Masters programs

USA: California            University of California -         PhD and Master of                  http://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/                     Information design and architecture is one of five areas of
                           Berkeley School of                 Information Management                                                                  concentration in the iSchool's Masters and PhD programs
                           Information                        and Systems

USA: California                                                                     http://www.csufextension.org/ux/
                           California State - Fullerton Certificate in User Experience and Usability                                                  Fastest Growing Career Specialization: User Experience
                                                                                                                                                      Discover ways to improve end-user affinity and product
                                                                                                                                                      satisfaction by enhancing the user experience for your
                                                                                                                                                      products and services

                                                                                                                                                      User Experience (UX) has emerged as one of the fastest
                                                                                                                                                      growing specializations in today's business world. Because
                                                                                                                                                      user-centered design and usability is sought for everything
                                                                                                                                                      from web or mobile applications, personal computers,
                                                                                                                                                      devices and other products there is a significant demand for
                                                                                                                                                      knowledgeable professionals to work in UX careers.

                                                                                                                                                      Cal State Fullerton's Certificate in User Experience and
                                                                                                                                                      Usability<http://www.fullerton.edu/ux> is an affordable,
                                                                                                                                                      hands-on professional development program focusing on
                                                                                                                                                      the fundamental elements that comprise User Experience
                                                                                                                                                      and Usability. Get started with an overview of this industry
                                                                                                                                                      with the first course, Introduction to User Experience and
                                                                                                                                                      Usability. This one day course provides an excellent
                                                                                                                                                      opportunity to learn more about the topic and can be taken
                                                                                                                                                      independently. Scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2011,
                                                                                                                                                      you will get an introduction to the varied disciplines,
                                                                                                                                                      methods and sound business principles that comprise a user-
                                                                                                                                                      centered design process. Using real-world examples and
                                                                                                                                                      discussions, the class will examine the make-up and
                                                                                                                                                      implementation of a user-centered process within an
                                                                                                                                                      organization.
USA: California            University of California -                                            https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/default.aspx         User Experience Design for the Web [X 481.99AF] part of
                           Los Angeles, Extension                                                                                                     its Design Communication Arts extension program and is a
                                                                                                                                                      requirement for the Certificate in Advanced Web and
                                                                                                                                                      Interactive.




           If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                            Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                      Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                             Updated October 2011
Location                   School                             Program                            URL                                                 Details

USA: Connecticut           Southern Connecticut               Information and Library            http://www.southernct.edu/ils/ils656outline/        Information Architecture
                           State University                   Sciences Department                                                                    An in depth study of the concepts and practices of
                                                                                                                                                     information architecture (IA). Students will read the existing
                                                                                                                                                     literature related to IA and build complex web sites to
                                                                                                                                                     address issues specific to information and library science
                                                                                                                                                     based on current best practices.

USA: Colorado              University of Colorado at Usability Testing course                    http://courses.cudenver.edu/coursehome.asp?ter No longer offering Graduate Certificate in Usability Testing
                           Denver & Health Sciences as part of Graduate                          m=091&subject=CMMU&code=4510&section=00 and Interface Design
                           Center                    Certificate in Technical                    1&type=C
                                                     and Professional                                                                           Official Course Description
                                                     Communication                                                                              USABILITY TESTING

                                                                                                                                                     CMMU 4510-3. Usability Testing. Teaches students how to
                                                                                                                                                     evaluate technical documentation testing needs, evaluate
                                                                                                                                                     testing options for their feasibility and costs/benefits, design
                                                                                                                                                     and carry out a usability testing plan, evaluate and write up
                                                                                                                                                     test results for actual client documents and products. Cross-
                                                                                                                                                     listed with CMMU 5510.

USA: Florida               Florida State University           Master of Science in      http://slis.fsu.edu                                          Information Architecture & Technology: prepares students to
                           School of Library and              Library and Information                                                                meet the information needs of users by developing and
                           Information Studies                Studies, Information                                                                   managing information technologies, including web-based
                                                              Architecture & Technology                                                              resources and networks. Includes specializations in Web
                                                              program of study                                                                       Design and Technology & Networking.


USA: Florida               Florida State University           Information Archtiecture           http://slis.fsu.edu/Graduate-Program/Certificate-   The FSU School of Library & Information Studies
                           School of Library and              Certificate                        Programs/Information-Architecture-Certificate       Information Architecture Certificate program prepares
                           Information Studies                                                                                                       information professionals to design, build, and manage a
                                                                                                                                                     web site as an information resource. This certificate
                                                                                                                                                     program offers opportunities to enhance skills in areas of
                                                                                                                                                     web design, web applications, administration, and usability,
                                                                                                                                                     building on students’ existing knowledge of web
                                                                                                                                                     technologies.
USA: Georgia               Georgia Tech School of    Master of Science in HCI                    http://lcc.gatech.edu/graduate/hcims/index.php      The HCI program's mission is to provide students with the
                           Literature, Communication                                                                                                 practical, interdisciplinary skills and theoretical
                           and Human Culture                                                                                                         understanding they will need to become leaders in the
                                                                                                                                                     design, implementation and evaluation of the computer
                                                                                                                                                     interfaces of the future.

USA: Georgia               Georgia Tech School of    PhD and Master of                           http://www.idt.gatech.edu/idt/                      The Master of Science in Digital Media program at Georgia
                           Literature, Communication Science programs in                                                                             Tech (formerly known as Information Design and
                           and Human Culture         Digital Media                                                                                   Technology) offers arts and humanities based advanced
                                                                                                                                                     study in digital media design and critique. The MS program
                                                                                                                                                     focuses on practical applications of interactive and
                                                                                                                                                     information design, while the doctoral program explores the
                                                                                                                                                     social cultural basis of information and knowledge
                                                                                                                                                     transmission.

                                                                                                                                                     LCC participates in Georgia Tech’s Center for Graphics,
                                                                                                                                                     Visualization, and Usability (GVU). All DM students are
                                                                                                                                                     invited to join the GVU and to attend the weekly “Brown
                                                                                                                                                     Bag” Thursday lunches, in which GVU members report on
                                                                                                                                                     their research. Brown Bag Lunch can be taken as a one-
                                                                                                                                                     credit course. (Past GVU Brown Bag events can be seen
                                                                                                                                                     online at http://www-
                                                                                                                                                     static.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/streaming/archives.html).
USA: Georgia               Savannah College of Art            B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A. http://www.scad.edu/interactive-design-and-game- A minor in Interaction Design, includes a class on
                           & Design                           Degrees and Certificate    development/                                     Information Architecture
                                                              program in Interactive
                                                              Design and Game
                                                              DevelopmentInteraction
                                                              Design minor

USA: Georgia               Southern Polytechnic               Master of Science                  http://idc.spsu.edu                                 The MS IDC degree is a comprehensive online program of
                           State                              program in Information                                                                 study that allows students to master the skills needed to:
                                                              Design and                                                                             design information for today's business and technology; use
                                                              Communication                                                                          graphics communication technologies effectively; plan,
                                                                                                                                                     create, and manage business communication projects;
                                                                                                                                                     design and create content for the web; and plan, design and
                                                                                                                                                     create instructional systems. The program includes
                                                                                                                                                     coursework in information architecture.




           If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                             Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                       Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                              Updated October 2011
Location                    School                             Program                            URL                                                Details

USA: Georgia                Southern Polytechnic               Advanced Certificate in  http://www.spsu.edu/etcma/grad/idc_certificates.h Created for individuals who already hold an advanced
                            State                              Content Development      tm                                                degree in technical communication or an allied field, the
                                                                                                                                          Advanced Certificate in Content Development is an 18
                                                                                                                                          credit, fully online program designed to provide advanced
                                                                                                                                          study and additional accreditation to practitioners in the
                                                                                                                                          fields of information architecture, content management, and
                                                                                                                                          content design. The program includes coursework in
                                                                                                                                          information architecture.
USA: Georgia                Valdosta State University          Master of Library and    http://www.valdosta.edu/mlis/courses.shtml        Theory and techniques of designing Web sites for effective
                                                               Information Science      Syllabus:                                         information delivery. Study of organization, labeling,
                                                                                        http://www.valdosta.edu/mlis/syllabi/documents/ navigation, and indexing systems is included.
                                                                                        mlis7370spring2011.pdf
USA: Illinois               DePaul University                  College of Computing and http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/academics/pages/cou Interaction Design
                                                               Digital Media            rseinfo.aspx?CrseId=008711                        Information architecture and interactive page design.
                                                                                                                                          Perception and use of menus, labels and user controls.
                                                                                                                                          Structuring information for navigation and presentation.
                                                                                                                                          Selecting and placing user controls for optimizing task flow
                                                                                                                                          on pages and across pages. Creating wire frames and using
                                                                                                                                          content managers.

USA: Illinois               Illinois Institute of              Master of Science in               http://www.iit.edu/graduate_admission/programs/ The Master of Science in Information Architecture enhances
                            Technology                         Information Architecture           areas_of_study/information_architecture.shtml   a technical communication core with specialized concepts,
                                                                                                                                                  skills and tools for designing, implementing and managing
                                                                                                                                                  Web sites and related media such as CD-ROMs.


USA: Indiana                Indiana University, School Master of Science in HCI                   http://xavier.informatics.indiana.edu/gradsites/hci This program combines fundamental human-computer
                            of Informatics,                                                       d/Masters/                                          interaction knowledge with a strong emphasis on design.
                            Bloomington, IN
USA: Indiana                Indiana University, School Master of Library and                      http://slis.indiana.edu/courses/course.php?course Information Architecture - Required course
                            of Library and Information Information Science                        =S515                                             Effective information system design integrates knowledge of
                            Science, Bloomington, IN                                                                                                formal structures with understanding of social, technological
                                                                                                                                                    and cognitive environments. Drawing from a range of
                                                                                                                                                    disciplines, this course investigates how people represent,
                                                                                                                                                    organize, retrieve and use information to inform the
                                                                                                                                                    construction of information architectures that facilitate user
                                                                                                                                                    understanding and navigation in conceptual space.

USA: Indiana                Indiana University, School Master of Library and                      http://www.slis.indiana.edu/courses/course.php?c MLIS with a Specialization in Library Technology
                            of Library and Information Information Science                        ourse=S532                                       Management includes the course, Information Architecture
                            Science, Bloomington, IN                                                                                               for the Web. This course previously focussed on web design
                                                                                                                                                   and programming more than theory, but has evolved to
                                                                                                                                                   teaching a more theoretical understanding of IA concepts for
                                                                                                                                                   a better understanding of understanding of human social,
                                                                                                                                                   technological and cognitive environments.

                                                                                                                                                     The Dual degree program MLIS/MS in Health Informatics
                                                                                                                                                     specialization offers an HCI elective.

USA: Iowa                   Iowa State University              Graduate HCI program               http://www.hci.iastate.edu/                        Quote from a Student:
                                                               (Certificate and Masters
                                                               programs)                                                                             HCI program @ ISU:
                                                                                                                                                     1) Pursue a certificate AND a masters degree
                                                                                                                                                     simultaneously - It is possible to have a member of the
                                                                                                                                                     faculty 'sponsor' a student's admission into the masters
                                                                                                                                                     program while completing the certificate program.
                                                                                                                                                     2) "In State tuition" for out of state students. This is offset by
                                                                                                                                                     a 'delivery fee' for online classes, which is about $150 per
                                                                                                                                                     credit hour....
                                                                                                                                                     3) No official meeting times - The assignment due dates are
                                                                                                                                                     set and you may need to meet up with team members.
                                                                                                                                                     4) Flexible payments - Iowa State University will allow
                                                                                                                                                     students to pay their tuition in monthly increments
                                                                                                                                                     throughout the semester. They charge anywhere from $20-
                                                                                                                                                     $100 for this, but I think its worth it if your current employer
                                                                                                                                                     won't provide tuition assistance for a non-degree program,
                                                                                                                                                     which goes right back to #1. Find a faculty member and
                                                                                                                                                     apply for degree admission, and next thing you know, your
                                                                                                                                                     company is paying for both programs!
USA: Maryland               University of Baltimore            Doctor of Communication http://iat.ubalt.edu/dcd/                                     This doctoral program requires most of the same courses as
                                                               Design                                                                                the Master's of Interaction Design and Information
                                                                                                                                                     Architecture (see next item). It is housed in the same
                                                                                                                                                     department and is intended for students who already hold
                                                                                                                                                     master's degrees related to the humanities and want to
                                                                                                                                                     apply them in the field of interaction design.




            If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                              Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                      Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                             Updated October 2011
Location                   School                             Program                            URL                                                 Details

USA: Maryland              University of Baltimore            Master in Interaction              http://iat.ubalt.edu/idia/                          As a student in this program you will become proficient in
                                                              Design and Information                                                                 specific applications of significant information technologies,
                                                              Architecture                                                                           well-versed in methods for understanding and structuring
                                                                                                                                                     human interactions with those technologies, and critically
                                                                                                                                                     aware of social and cultural implications arising from
                                                                                                                                                     technological developments.

USA: Massachusetts         Bentley College                    Master of Science Human http://graduate.bentley.edu/ms/hfid                            Through the Master of Science in Human Factors in
                                                              Factors in Information                                                                 Information Design (MSHFID), working professionals learn
                                                              Design                                                                                 innovative approaches to product development that
                                                                                                                                                     integrate the goals of the business and the end-user.

USA: Massachusetts         Bentley College                    User Experience                    http://usability.bentley.edu/ux-certificate         The UX certificate serves a wide range of individuals,
                                                              Certificate                                                                            including user-experience professionals, usability
                                                                                                                                                     specialists, product managers, user researchers, marketing
                                                                                                                                                     specialists, information architects, UI designers, product
                                                                                                                                                     designers, engineers, and business analysts.


USA: Massachusetts         Bentley College                    User Experience Boot               http://usability.bentley.edu/boot-camp              The week long program highlights the growing importance
                                                              Camp                                                                                   of the user experience as a strategic business advantage
                                                                                                                                                     and a point of differentiation in mature or hypercompetitive
                                                                                                                                                     markets. As a leading business university, Bentley is
                                                                                                                                                     uniquely positioned to deliver this perspective in a
                                                                                                                                                     thoughtful and challenging learning experience. The five-
                                                                                                                                                     day program is organized around five themes:

                                                                                                                                                     •Elements of the user experience
                                                                                                                                                     •User research and market segmentation
                                                                                                                                                     •Design Implementation and innovation
                                                                                                                                                     •Assessment and measurement
                                                                                                                                                     •Process improvement and success metrics.


USA: Massachusetts         Simmons College, Boston, Graduate School of                           http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/academics/courses Web Development and Information Architecture elective
                           MA                       Library and Information                      /electives/index.php                           course as part of the Masters of Science degree
                                                    Science (GSLIS)                              http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/docs/courses/LIS-
                                                                                                 531G.pdf

USA: Michigan              University of Michigan,            Master of Science in               http://www.si.umich.edu/academics/msi/library-      Information Architecture course is required for completion of
                           School of Information,             Information, Library and           and-information-science-lis                         the Library and Information Science specialization for this
                           Ann Arbor, MI                      Information Science                                                                    degree.
                                                              Specialization
USA: Michigan              University of Michigan,            Master of Science in               http://www.si.umich.edu/academics/msi/human-        Information Architecture course is required for completion of
                           School of Information,             Information, Human                 computer-interaction-hci                            the HCI specialization for this degree.
                           Ann Arbor, MI                      Computer Interaction
                                                              (HCI) Specialization
USA: Michigan              University of Michigan,            STIET - A Multidisciplinary        http://stiet.cms.si.umich.edu/                      A newer program in incentive-centered design is an
                           School of Information,             Doctoral Training Program                                                              interdisciplinary program using game-theory models as the
                           Ann Arbor, MI                      at the University of                                                                   starting point for analyzing strategic interactions. The
                                                              Michigan and Wayne                                                                     faculty take a broad view of individual motivations for
                                                              State University focusing                                                              strategic behavior, drawing on economic, psychological, and
                                                              on Incentive-Centered                                                                  sociological theories, and also draw on computer science for
                                                              Design                                                                                 the engineering of systems.

USA: Michigan              Wayne State University,            Master of Library and              http://slis.wayne.edu/                             Course: Information Architecture. Dissemination of
                           Detroit, MI                        Information Science                http://slis.wayne.edu/http://slis.wayne.edu/course information the affects context, content and user.
                                                                                                 s/lis_7470.pdf                                     Associations with website development; use in technical
                                                                                                                                                    writing, presentation preparation and report generation.

USA: Michigan              Wayne State University,            Master of Library and              http://slis.wayne.edu/                             Course: Information Architecture. Dissemination of
                           Detroit, MI                        Information Science                http://slis.wayne.edu/http://slis.wayne.edu/course information the affects context, content and user.
                                                                                                 s/lis_7470.pdf                                     Associations with website development; use in technical
                                                                                                                                                    writing, presentation preparation and report generation.

USA: New Jersey            New Jersey Institute of            Certificate in the Practice        http://adultlearner.njit.edu/programs/technicalco   Includes a course on Content Management and Information
                           Technology                         of Technical                       mmunications-cert.php                               Architecture, available on site and online
                                                              Communications




           If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                           Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                      Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                             Updated October 2011
Location                   School                             Program                            URL                                                Details

USA: New Jersey            Rutgers University                 Mini-MSE in User                   https://ce-                                    The Mini-Masters in User Experience Design (UXD) teaches
                                                              Experience Design                  catalog.rutgers.edu/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=36 you how to design easy-to-use, engaging, and valuable
                                                                                                 240                                            interfaces that help users efficiently and effortlessly
                                                                                                                                                complete their tasks. The course provides an immersive,
                                                                                                                                                hands-on experience on how and where the User
                                                                                                                                                Experience Design (UXD) fits within business, IT, and
                                                                                                                                                development. It explains the underlying psychology and
                                                                                                                                                sociology that guides user design, and demonstrates
                                                                                                                                                common techniques for making an interface usable.

                                                                                                                                                    Free iPad 2 with registration, Fall 2011

USA: New Jersey            Rutgers University                 Masters of Business                http://camden-                                 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) POLICY (3)
                                                              Administration                     sbc.rutgers.edu/prospectivestudent/Programs/Gr Management of information technology from the strategic
                                                                                                 aduate/mba/mbaecommerce.htm                    manager’s perspective. Analysis of competitive and
                                                                                                                                                cooperative IT systems; the relationship between IT and
                                                                                                                                                industry structure and the organization’s products, services,
                                                                                                                                                and customers; IT as organization infrastructure; designing
                                                                                                                                                information architecture; management of information; and
                                                                                                                                                the evaluation of IT investments.


USA: New Jersey            Rutgers University                 Masters of Business in             http://psm.rutgers.edu/content/user-experience-    User Experience Design concentration does not contain a
                                                              Science                            design-uxd                                         specific course called Information Architecture, but the term
                                                                                                                                                    Information Architecture is a major topic in the description of
                                                                                                                                                    the concentration:

                                                                                                                                                    The objective of the Master of Business and Science with a
                                                                                                                                                    concentration in User Experience Design (UXD) is to train
                                                                                                                                                    students in the essential skills of designing engaging, easily
                                                                                                                                                    learned and usable computer-based interfaces whether they
                                                                                                                                                    be web pages, mobile phones or lawnmowers. Students will
                                                                                                                                                    learn the current methods and practices involved in
                                                                                                                                                    gathering user information, creative designing, prototyping
                                                                                                                                                    and testing a wide range of interface media. The program
                                                                                                                                                    will also give students a basic understanding of human
                                                                                                                                                    computer interaction (HCI) and the underlying psychology,
                                                                                                                                                    communication and sociology theory that guides design plus
                                                                                                                                                    training in visual design principles. Portfolio preparation is a
                                                                                                                                                    key element of the program as are current interface design
                                                                                                                                                    techniques such as building personas, using design
                                                                                                                                                    patterns, content management, information architecture,
                                                                                                                                                    card sorting, online usability testing, eyetracking and
                                                                                                                                                    workflow analysis. A key difference between this program
USA: New York              Pratt School of                    Master of Library and              http://www.llc.rpi.edu/programs/graduate_hci.sht   Courses in Information Architecture and Interactive Design
                           Information and Library            Information Science                ml?information+architecture                        Information Architecture & Interaction Design
                           Science                                                                                                                  Drawing on the principles of information architecture,
                                                                                                                                                    interaction design, and from the domains of information
                                                                                                                                                    science, design, art, media ecology, and psychology, this
                                                                                                                                                    course provides students with a unified method for thinking
                                                                                                                                                    about and designing for information and interactivity in
                                                                                                                                                    space and to some extent, place. Special attention is given
                                                                                                                                                    to new media in general and the web specifically. Students
                                                                                                                                                    are expected to demonstrate not only an ability to think and
                                                                                                                                                    do, but also to reflect on how thinking and doing iteratively
                                                                                                                                                    lead to, and influence, each other.

                                                                                                                                                    Related Courses:
                                                                                                                                                    Human-Information Behavior
                                                                                                                                                    Usability of Digital Information
                                                                                                                                                    Knowledge Organization


USA: New York              Rensselaer Polytechnic             BS in Communications               http://www.hass.rpi.edu/pl/index.php?siteid=17&p The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
                           Institute                                                             ageid=321&cn=COMM-XXXX                           includes a course on Information Architecture in its
                                                                                                                                                  Communications B.S. program




           If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                            Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                       Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                              Updated October 2011
Location                    School                             Program                            URL                                             Details

                            Rensselaer Polytechnic             Master of Science in HCI           http://www.llc.rpi.edu/pl/ms-human-computer-    Rensselaer's approach to human-computer interaction
                            Institute                                                             interaction-hci-650                             differs from other HCI programs by being centered in
                                                                                                                                                  communication rather than computer science. While the
                                                                                                                                                  program will provide HCI implementation skills, the focus is
                                                                                                                                                  on understanding and addressing basic problems in human-
                                                                                                                                                  technology interaction, including the support of social
                                                                                                                                                  interaction. Students will learn about cutting edge areas of
                                                                                                                                                  HCI research through advanced seminars. They will leave
                                                                                                                                                  the program with a portfolio-ready final project that
                                                                                                                                                  demonstrates the integration of the skills they've acquired in
                                                                                                                                                  the program.

USA: New York               School of Visual Arts              Master of Fine Arts in             http://interactiondesign.sva.edu                The MFA in Interaction Design program trains students to
                                                               Interaction Design                                                                 research, analyze, prototype, and design concepts in their
                                                                                                                                                  business, social, and cultural contexts. Today, business
                                                                                                                                                  success depends on the presence of a well-designed,
                                                                                                                                                  engaging experience, and the new MFA in Interaction
                                                                                                                                                  Design program explores the strategic role of interaction
                                                                                                                                                  design in shaping everyday life. Dot Dot Dot lecture series
                                                                                                                                                  is open to the public covering current topics in Interaction
                                                                                                                                                  Design.

USA: New York               State University of New            Multimedia/Hypermedia              http://www.cs.oswego.edu/~ychoi/ISC325/index.h Contains an introduction to IA
                            York Oswego                        Design and Authoring               tml

USA: North Carolina         Univerisity of North               School of Information and http://www.ils.unc.edu/courses/2011_spring/inls7 The User Interface Design course his course will introduce
                            Carolina                           Library Science           18_001/index.html                                basic principles relevant to the design of the human
                                                                                                                                          interface to computer-mediated information systems. The
                                                                                                                                          major topics to be discussed include the characteristics of
                                                                                                                                          information system users, the characteristics of tasks
                                                                                                                                          supported by information systems, the interface design
                                                                                                                                          process, and methods for evaluating an interface design.
                                                                                                                                          The course contains a unit called "Information Architecture
                                                                                                                                          and Meaning Associated."
USA: Ohio                   Kent State University              Master of Science in               http://iakm.kent.edu/                           IAKM offers a graduate program in user experience design
                                                               Information Architecture                                                           (including information architecture and usability), health
                                                               and Knowledge                                                                      informatics, and knowledge management through an
                                                               Management                                                                         interdisciplinary Master of Science program, certificates and
                                                                                                                                                  online courses. Basic and Advanced courses on Information
                                                                                                                                                  Architecture, as well as special topic courses in IA,
                                                                                                                                                  seminars, independent study and internships are offered.

USA: Oregon                 The University of Oregon, Applied Information                         http://aim.uoregon.edu/                         Designed to give mid-career professionals relevant skills in
                            Eugene                    Management (AIM)                                                                            information management, information design, business
                                                      master of science degree                                                                    management, and applied research that can be used
                                                                                                                                                  immediately on the job.

USA: Pennsylvania           Carnegie Mellon                    Master of HCI and                  http://www.hcii.cmu.edu/                        Interdisciplinary orientation, with faculty from Computer
                            University Human                   Undergraduate major in                                                             Science, Design, Psychology, Social and Decision
                            Computer Interaction               HCI                                                                                Sciences, Robotics, and Business Administration The HCII
                            Institute                                                                                                             program focuses equally on strategic, research, design and
                                                                                                                                                  implementation aspects of product development.


USA: Pennsylvania           Carnegie Mellon                    Master of Design in                http://www.design.cmu.edu/show_program.php?s Our model of designing for interaction involves multi-
                            University School of               Interaction Design                 =2&t=3                                       disciplinary teams engaged in the planning, conception,
                            Design                                                                                                             design, implementation, and support of products, services,
                                                                                                                                               and systems that meet human needs and desire. This
                                                                                                                                               human-centered model, with a concern for psychological,
                                                                                                                                               social, and cultural factors on the one hand, and technical
                                                                                                                                               and economic factors on the other, was pioneered at
                                                                                                                                               Carnegie Mellon and is now widely embraced as a design
                                                                                                                                               standard around the world. The School of Design programs
                                                                                                                                               puts more emphasis on visual/aesthetic aspects of
                                                                                                                                               interaction design (more like an MFA, usually a strong
                                                                                                                                               portfolio and BFA is required to get in) whereas the HCII
                                                                                                                                               program focuses equally on strategic, research, design and
                                                                                                                                               implementation aspects of product development.




            If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                       Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                      Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                             Updated October 2011
Location                   School                             Program                            URL                                               Details

USA: Pennsylvania          Carnegie Mellon                    Master of Design in                http://www.design.cmu.edu/show_program.php?s The Master of Design (MDes) in Communication Planning
                           University School of               Communication Planning             =2&t=2                                       and Information Design is a two-year professional program
                           Design                             and Information Design                                                          for students who want to explore the new arts of
                                                                                                                                              communication and the creative potential of the interplay
                                                                                                                                              between words and images in traditional and innovative
                                                                                                                                              media. The School of Design programs puts more
                                                                                                                                              emphasis on visual/aesthetic aspects of interaction design
                                                                                                                                              (more like an MFA, usually a strong portfolio and BFA is
                                                                                                                                              required to get in) whereas the HCII program focuses
                                                                                                                                              equally on strategic, research, design and implementation
                                                                                                                                              aspects of product development.

USA: Pennsylvania          University of Pittsburgh           Master of Library and              Information Technology Program of Study            Elective course on Information Architecture
                                                              Information Science                http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/lis/degrees/technology
                                                                                                 /index.php
USA: South Dakota          Dakota State University            Bachelor of Science in             http://www.departments.dsu.edu/disted/courses/s The course Information Architecture is required for the Web
                                                              Digital Arts & Design              yllabus/Spring2011/mcom409-booklist.pdf            Design & Production Specialization of the DAD degree and
                                                                                                                                                    for the Multimedia/Web Design Minor
USA: Texas                 The School of Information Master of Science in                        http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/programs/masters/ Degree in Information Studies with focus on IA. Don
                           at the University of Texas Information Studies                                                                           Turnbull is an assistant professor with the school, and
                           at Austin                                                                                                                teaches two courses specifically focusing on Information
                                                                                                                                                    Architecture and others on Information Retrieval,
                                                                                                                                                    Knowledge Management and the Semantic Web.

USA: Washington, DC Catholic University of                    School of Library and              http://slis.cua.edu/MSinLS/coursesStudy/infoArch Course of Study in Information Architecture
                    America                                   Information Science                itecture.cfm                                     Information architecture draws on many fields, including
                                                                                                                                                  library science, computer science, social informatics,
                                                                                                                                                  information design, visual design, and engineering
                                                                                                                                                  psychology (Morrogh, 2003, p. 5). The IA course of study
                                                                                                                                                  reflects this diversity.
USA: Washington            Washington State                   Creative Media & Digital           http://www.dtc-wsuv.org/cmdc/program.html        One of the learning goals of this program is:
                           University                         Culture Program offers a                                                            5.Identify and explain key principles of information
                                                              major and a formal minor                                                            architecture, effectively manage knowledge for both
                                                              program of study leading                                                            information retrieval and archival purposes, and evaluate
                                                              to the Bachelor of Arts                                                             and choose appropriate information architecture and
                                                              Degree in Digital                                                                   knowledge management strategies for a given situation
                                                              Technology and Culture                                                              The course that best addresses this goal is "Electronic
                                                                                                                                                  Research and the Rhetoric of Information"

USA: Washington            The University of                  Master (MLIS and MSIM)             http://ischool.uw.edu/                            UW recently held a Summer Institute on Information
                           Washington iSchool                 and Information                                                                      Architecture. Offerings for 2007 and 2009 included a
                                                              Architecture Summer                                                                  program on Knowledge Management. Offerings for 2008
                                                              Institute                                                                            included IA coursework. The program may offer IA courses
                                                                                                                                                   periodically.

USA: Wisconsin             The University of                  Information Architecture           http://www.slis.wisc.edu/academics/courses.html LIS 861 Information architecture: Covers how traditional
                           Wisconsin-Madison's                                                                                                   library science concepts such as organization of information
                           School of Library and                                                                                                 and users and uses apply to web design, and examines the
                           Information Studies                                                                                                   basics of usability, navigation, project planning, project
                                                                                                                                                 management, web evaluation, and ongoing web information
                                                                                                                                                 system management.

USA: Wisconsin             The University of                  Bachelor of Science in             http://www4.uwm.edu/sois/programs/undergradua Offers the courses, Information Architecture I, II and III, as
                           Wisconsin-Milwaukee                Information Science and            te/index.cfm                                  part of its degree program.
                           School of Information              Technology
                           Studies
USA: Wisconsin             The University of                  Master of Library and              http://www4.uwm.edu/sois/programs/graduate/mli Offers the course, Information Architecture and Knowledge
                           Wisconsin-Milwaukee                Information Science                s/io.cfm                                       Organization, as part of its degree program.
                           School of Information
                           Studies

Online Courses             AIIM                               Online Web Certification http://www.aiim.org/                                        Discounts for IA Institute Members: Contact
                                                              programs in Search,                                                                  membership@iainstitute.org for details
                                                              Information Organization
                                                              & Access, Enterprise
                                                              Content Management, etc.


Online Courses             Canberra University                Master of Information              http://www.canberra.edu.au/courses-units/m-       Donna Maurer says: Not directly IA, but the closest I've
                                                              Studies in Internet                coursework/mis                                    been able to find in Australia (and it's on-line which is really
                                                              Communication (online)                                                               important for me at the moment). It includes graphic
                                                                                                                                                   design, writing, web design, information retrieval, HCI
                                                                                                                                                   &amp; usability. Most courses that contain any HCI are in
                                                                                                                                                   computing departments, where you need to do stacks of
                                                                                                                                                   coding subjects before touching HCI!




           If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                           Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                      Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                             Updated October 2011
Location                   School                             Program                            URL                                                 Details

Online Courses             Charles Sturt University           Master of Information              http://www.csu.edu.au/courses/postgraduate/infor These Information Architecture courses aim to equip
                                                              Architecture                       mation_architecture/index.html                   graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to
                                                                                                                                                  implement successful information architecture, developing
                                                                                                                                                  the necessary expertise in the areas of information
                                                                                                                                                  management and information technology.

Online Courses             Drexel University in               Online MLIS with a                 http://www.drexel.com/online-                       IA course Introduces fundamental concepts, methods and
                           Philadelphia, PA                   concentration on                   degrees/information-sciences-degrees/ms-            theories in Information Architecture for virtual, physical, and
                                                              Management of Digital              di/curriculum.aspx                                  hybrid worlds. Focuses on organization, representation, and
                                                              Information                                                                            navigation of conceptual space. Topics include foundations,
                                                                                                                                                     Web design, cognitive aspects, search, interaction design,
                                                                                                                                                     knowledge organization, and user experience.

Online Courses             The University of Illinois         Information Architecture           http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/leep          LEEPprogram, though they're more library science than
                                                              course                                                                                 information architecture.

Online Courses             Iowa State University              Graduate HCI program      http://www.hci.iastate.edu/Academics/msonline.p The Online HCI MS degree program beginning in Fall 2008
                                                              (Online Masters programs) hp                                              semester was created from the growing demand from
                                                                                                                                        business and industry for a masters program that provides
                                                                                                                                        education in the field of Human Computer Interaction.
                                                                                                                                        Students are required to come to campus to present the
                                                                                                                                        capstone project.

Online Courses             Kent State University              MS in Information                  http://iakm.kent.edu/                               Note: The online IA option has been postponed
                                                              Architecture and                                                                       (http://iakm.kent.edu/news/news/information-architecture-
                                                              Knowledge Management                                                                   online-program-postponed.html), however, it is worth
                                                                                                                                                     keeping an eye on this program.
                                                                                                                                                     The Knowledge Management program is now available
Online Courses             New Jersey Institute of            Certificate in the Practice        http://adultlearner.njit.edu/programs/technicalco   Includes a course on Content Management and Information
                           Technology                         of Technical                       mmunications-cert.php                               Architecture, available on site and online
                                                              Communications

Online Courses             Online-learning.com                Information Design                 http://www.online-                                  User interface analysis, user interface design and usability
                                                              courses                            learning.com/php_bin/course_overview.php            courses

Online Courses             San Jose State University Masters in Library and                      http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/classes/careerpathways/w The Web Programming and Information Architecture career
                                                     Information Science                         eb.htm                                           pathway concentrates on the theories and supporting
                                                                                                                                                  techniques related to the design, building, and management
                                                                                                                                                  of Web-based information systems. These include:

                                                                                                                                                     Design and development of user-centered information
                                                                                                                                                     systems in a variety of information environments
                                                                                                                                                     User interactions with information structures
                                                                                                                                                     User interactions with other users
                                                                                                                                                     Web applications
                                                                                                                                                     Web site design and content creation
                                                                                                                                                     Web based programming languages

                                                                                                                                                     Students in this career path will develop skills and expertise
                                                                                                                                                     to improve the user's experience when interacting with Web-
                                                                                                                                                     based systems. Work in information systems and design
                                                                                                                                                     requires more than just the acquisition of a practical skill set.
                                                                                                                                                     It is the ability to tailor technology to various information
                                                                                                                                                     communities. It also requires knowledge of the information
                                                                                                                                                     needs and information-seeking behaviors of the audience as
                                                                                                                                                     prerequisites to building any information resource.




           If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                              Information Architecture Institute, 2010
                                                                                      Degree and Certificate Programs in IA
                                                                                             Updated October 2011
Location                   School                             Program                            URL                                                Details

Online Courses             San Jose State University Masters in Library and                      http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/classes/careerpathways/inf The Information Organization career pathway focuses on:
                                                     Information Science                         oorg.htm
                                                                                                                                                    How information is sought, evaluated and used
                                                                                                                                                    How information can best be structured and indexed to meet
                                                                                                                                                    these needs
                                                                                                                                                    The organization and description of resources and files in all
                                                                                                                                                    formats
                                                                                                                                                    What kinds of tools are needed for retrieval

                                                                                                                                                    Work in this area requires understanding of both existing
                                                                                                                                                    standards for organization and description and intentionally
                                                                                                                                                    non-standardized systems such as social tagging.
                                                                                                                                                    Technology is an important dimension because of the
                                                                                                                                                    variety of technologies in use today for creating and storing
                                                                                                                                                    documents. Because the ability to retrieve documents
                                                                                                                                                    depends upon the way they have been organized and
                                                                                                                                                    described, a thorough understanding of search and retrieval
                                                                                                                                                    using a variety of technologies is also important. Work in
                                                                                                                                                    this field requires a well-balanced understanding of
                                                                                                                                                    information agencies, management, and user perspectives
                                                                                                                                                    as a framework for determining appropriate organization
                                                                                                                                                    and description. A critical understanding of the social effects
                                                                                                                                                    of decisions made at the technical level and the ethics of
                                                                                                                                                    metadata creation is essential for this professional work.
Online Courses             South University                   MS Information Systems             http://online.southuniversity.edu/degrees/master- Information Architecture is where you will learn to express a
                                                              & Technology w/                    information-technology.aspx                       model or concept for information. This refers to the back
                                                              Concentration in                                                                     end of the system and supporting infrastructure. Example:
                                                              Information Architecture                                                             Company A needs a system that would track cargo and
                                                              and Design                                                                           people traffic – Information Architects will build the
                                                                                                                                                   appropriate network infrastructure, and will set the database
                                                                                                                                                   up.

                                                                                                                                                    Interaction and Usability Studies is where you will learn
                                                                                                                                                    methods of measuring usability and the principles behind an
                                                                                                                                                    object's efficiency. Example: For Company A's system, a
                                                                                                                                                    usability study will look into what the employees need and
                                                                                                                                                    how they interact with the machines, and will provide a
                                                                                                                                                    usable interface that will not frustrate the workers, with easy
                                                                                                                                                    access to all functions.

                                                                                                                                                    Note from IAI: this program appears to define IA from the
                                                                                                                                                    standpoint of backend enterprise systems architecture,
                                                                                                                                                    rather than IA as introduced by the Polar Bear Book;
                                                                                                                                                    however the focus on interaction and usability studies
                                                                                                                                                    indicates an expanded understanding of IA and user
                                                                                                                                                    experience beyond WWW development.




           If you know of additional courses, please send program information to IA Institute at education@iainstitute.org.                                                                                           Information Architecture Institute, 2010

								
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