About This Program
Those who participate in this information architecture program receive career guidance to help them to find the right contacts and organizations. Graduates of this IA program could secure jobs as information architects, web managers, user experience designers, information systems developers, project managers, evaluation consultants, and more.
Although located at Aalborg University, a Danish university, the Information Architecture program is entirely in English. Students enrolled in this IA program can expect to learn the designing, developing, and analyzing aspects of information architecture. The idea of this program is to help students focus on the human aspect of information design, learning how human reason works in relation to using technology, thus allowing the students to learn to design truly effective information architecture.
This program takes place in four semesters, with each semester having a specific set structure to it. In the first semester (or 7th semester, as Aalborg University refers to it), students will take a project module called "Information Architecture, Rhetoric, and Persuasive Design," a study subject module called "Web Technology and Databases," and an elective module. In the second (8th) semester, students will take a project module called "Information Architecture in Organizations," a study subject module called "Design of Information Architecture" and another called "Design Tools," as well as an elective module.
The third (9th) and fourth (10th) semesters are when the students have the most choice over their studies. The third semester involves one project module called "Information Architecture in a Project-oriented course," while the final semester is dedicated solely to writing the Master's thesis.
This information architecture program is more structured than many out there, which for the right students is a big advantage. Students have a certain amount of say in the matter, however, including the option to specialize in Persuasive Design. This specialization will teach students to design in a convincing way to change behaviors and beliefs. It is an excellent way to enrich your information architecture education.
Students may also complete a traineeship or study abroad semester, which is usually completed in the third (9th) semester. It is organized via several consecutive 3 or 4-week periods where a specific case is studied. Each period comes with a week-long reflection period. Reflection reports are required, and at the end of the traineeship, the student will have three cases' worth of experience in solving specific information architecture program-related problems.
The program begins on September 1st each year. Prospective students must apply by March 1st of the year they would like to study. The tuition rate for this IA program is 92,500 Danish Krones (DKK), which is approximately $15,000 USD. This covers one academic year (2018), meaning the same rate will need to be paid both years of the program.