I have learned a lot but sadly I do feel I have missed many important aspects of attending a university in person rather than online. There is a bit of a disconnect between me as the student and the IDI, I only really communicate with my tutor.
Being online, there is no opportunity for work placements. This has made me feel a little less prepared than students of other universities. The learning path has had us considering our career options however this also feels more theoretical rather than practical.
Most - I like the website and it has improved a lot since my course began in 2015. There are still aspects which need improved as some functions seem pointless. I don't like the forum aspect to the course, simply because the requirements for this often happen at points that feel unnatural and don't actually seem to teach us much. I think IDI has a way to go when it comes to the way students share their work with each other.
I study from home
I study from home
Generally it is good, however sometimes the student support team take some time to respond
So Far it is beyond my expectation, the level of education is really high and promising. Contributing with professional tutors is a great point in my MA experience and being able to learn so many content and creating a project that is at the professional postgraduate level is truly amazing!
The programme of IDI includes many international academic skills and activities from technical to theoretical aspects. These aspects are very much helpful in my professional work space, the balance between the courses expands our experience in the fields of art and advertising.
I mostly like the variety of the courses that allow us to expand our skills and learn new abilities in our fields, also I liked collaborating with international Tutors and peers, learning from them was very helpful and exciting. I can't say that I least liked the difficulty of the programme but it was more of a challenge for me to study an abroad curriculum with international cultures and communications. I didn't hate anything about the courses yet they were challenging and interesting!
the platform is very good updated and easy to access
There was a lot of support from the tutors rather it was an advice or research links for us to deepen our knowledge. the programme as well had many references for us to be inspired also there is the IDI Library that offers us to expand our research and I feel that was a great supporting technique.
Course- Imaginative and stimulating. Feedback swift and good. Support- excellent. I'd like to have some 'sense' of the tutors- even a welcome video where they introduce themselves would help- we don't really know who they are. We need more help with how to interact with classmates- this isn't something that just comes naturally and needs to be better facilitated. Overall a very positive experience.
They havent done too much of this yet. I'm in the first year.
Best- assignments are imaginative and feedback is very swift. Tutors are pretty good, but feedback fairly surface level. It's all written so I guess there is no real connection with your tutor (they dont use anything like blackboard collaborate or similar) Sometimes the modules have too many elements so the final assignment ends up being complicated and messy to submit. Sometimes instructions aren't clear. There's something a bit lacking in the critique element. It's a real skill being able to critique (as oppose to criticise!) and we haven't been properly taught how to do it as a class, nor given a good 'system' to do it with. Ie. give 2 positives and 2 negatives etc. This means classmates don't critique properly so feedback is fairly useless (as it's all so positive)
Fairly good- and always swift
I love the system and mindset of the Uni in general. I wish there were even more people participating - because it's really fun! I think - and hope it's all worth it :)
I like the feel of freedom as well as the high requirement of improvement of yourself to become better with every project. I feel unintegrated sometimes because of the small amount of peers I have. But that might be the risk of the course.
I don't live in a city. I live a little but far off.
You are always welcome to message any of your tutors or managers any time if there are questions. So far I have received quick messages after a short period of time - which feels very encouraging.
I am very unhappy with my university experience. I have spent a lot of money and time on the course and don't feel that I've received any value from it. I have done everything I can to get help from the iDi but they are refusing to help me. I have one remaining semester and since I am unable to get my fees back at this stage I feel that I will have to continue. But I will not be continuing past this year with the iDi. I feel like I have been grossly mis-sold the course on promises that have not been delivered and with hindsight I should have cancelled the course in the 30-day cooling off period.
Briefs focus on both commercial and academic skills.
The learning materials are of a poor standard and clearly have not been proofed for a number of years. There have been instances where text has been copied directly from an external website without referencing it, despite the institution's considerable focus on warning students about plagiarism. Feedback from tutors is always very poor. Even when asking for clarification on feedback or for advice and guidance on how to request good feedback. Statements are very generic, often one line of text or what could be copy-and-paste sentences. Communicating with other students in my cohort on this confirms that they are experiencing the same thing. The feedforward comments I am given are similarly vague, eg. "you have some strengths and some weaknesses". Statements like this leave little room for improvement when you are not given any specific information as to what those strengths or weaknesses might be. I like that I am able to do the reading at my own pace, but this is a very small positive and one that I would expect of any further education course. There is little contact from the tutors, despite having been sold the notion that there would be video calls with them. There is very little positive to say about the way the course is taught.
The online student portal does not function well. It is slow and the user interface is clunky. The messaging feature is difficult to use and the forums are of very little use due to the poor notification system. There are features that appear to be missing, such as the calendar and to-do list.
The support is almost non-existent. In seeking advice and guidance on the best way to ask for feedback and get the most value from the course, I was met with short and defensive responses. I was told that I should not expect good feedback since I was in the early stage of the course (this being Semester 2). I was also told that as I am dealing with factual information I should not expect feedback. I found this very confusing since I am undertaking an arts course and am being evaluated on qualitative work. These responses were not supportive and left me feeling very upset. I am unable to move forward with the course in a meaningful way and get any value from it when I am not receiving any feedback.
mixed in that i feel i would excel more from interacting with others, but also there are other ways to find that like by joining a studio or art class. I think the tutors are good and the staff is very helpful, think a lot about your learning style before signing up as its not for everyone.
I think the course is good but it requires a lot of self motivation and you need to really be on top of time keeping. It can be a bit lonely not seeing other students and not being able to talk directly to your tutor. But the tutor always answers swiftly when you message them.
I really like the structure and the helpfulness of the staff. Im still not sure if online learning suits me but it is more affordable and fits in around the rest of my life.
we have no real life facilities, you have to provide everything yourself
you just do the course wherever you already live!
its good, they are supportive.
It was a memorable experience to be taught by IDI with UH. The teaching was very effective and this made the learning easy and enjoyable. Student support provided by university was very helpful.
I am a working professional with over a decade of experience in brand design and marketing. Though I am doing good in my career, i felt a need of upgrading my skills. My work requires me to travel a lot all across the globe. I hardly had any time left for academic learning while trying to manage the time commitments between my job and family life. it was difficult for me to take any academic programme. Then i got to know about IDI. It opened a world of opportunity to me. There are many reasons why i took (and could mangae to complete) a course from IDI but a few unique reasons are as follows. 1. Flexibility of time. I could plan my study and timings myself. Best is the 100% online delivery. I pursued the programme while travelling. 2. Practical learning. I could utilize my learnings from job and travel in academics and vice a versa. The program strongly encouraged practice led projects. 3. Professional approach. Thorough understanding of client, consumer, business and real life professional creative brief were developed. 4. Unlimited tuition and prompt responses. Responses were detailed with useful references and very easy to understand and learn. 5. IDI provides an accredited degree. I am working in different countries now, so an accredited degree was indeed valuable. 6. Programme fees. Very reasonalble cost. The programme worths much more than the money paid. Now, I would like to share some of the outcomes. 1. Professional Portfolio. The programme helped me to develop a creative portfolio which is presentable to potential employers. 2. Creative industry: I feel myself at forefront. I am aware of all the latest issues, debates, trends, and know good about best industry practices. 3. Skill, Tools & Technology. I find myself better in concept creation and presentation skills. I am using many latest technologies introduced through the programme. 4. Performance. I have started putting my learnings in practice and the outcome is amazing. My professional peers are noticing my improvement. 5. Professional approach. I am following a good process of design and being able to communicate my ideas better than before. 6. Entrepreneurship. I think i am ready to take any creative challenge. I am planning to setup my own studio. 7. Personal development. The program has also taught me to effectively manage my time and balance between work and personal life. When I took the programme, I thought that this will help me find a better job. I have already started getting some opportunities. Employers do value academic qualification for sure. But now i am looking for more. I will start an independent practice soon!
The postgraduate programme has taught me many lessons. It has opend my mind to apply creative problem solving for my future projects. After going through the program, my approach to any design brief and design process has changed. I have learned to start with deep thinking, critical analysis of all project aspects and broad look on the scope and project requirements. I now develop a mind-map before I begin. I have seen and realised the importance of a thorough research before sitting on the drawing board. A good research enriches the knowledge and with enhanced knowledge base all the design implications are rationlized. I have spent a long time on different research paths, most importantly, visual research, literature research and physical site visits. All the time spent on research has proved to be very helpful in preparing the project. The project has taken me through a process of design with focus on each step and giving an opportunity to always look back and reflect back. The iterative steps of design, prototyping and testing brought me close to an effective outcome. Throughout the postgraduate programme I was required to maintain and follow a timetable for my work and submissions. I have started putting this in personal life practice as well. I always know where I am, what I had done, and how much more I need to do next. I am sure that the time management learned and practiced during the program would help me professionally and would also improve my personal life performance and quality.
I took a part time program.
University frequently contacts the student to support on various matters randing form quality of module, tutor feedback, academic guidelines etc.
I already mentioned on one of my previous postings. The university is great, I personally like the process and how the material is broken down in pieces. Also, I have able to access valuable information that makes me a more rounded designers because I can support my design decision more in a concrete based.
The materials and tutors are great. They are always there supporting us proving the information we need to be successful in our educational path.
I personally like everything. My experience while studying in IDI has been fantastic. The caliber and well thought material aside high level of our tutors has enriched my vocation and professional experience. The web platform has a lot of opportunities for improvements and make it more intuitive, which is very important when most of the education is done online. The material, classes and support is great. The platform has a lot of potential, but needs some user research.
I study online, so far I am having a great experience.
Bumpy ride but overall very enjoyable and I'm glad they are there to provide me the education the way I could access and afford. The study materials are excellent. The tutors may have a bit more diversity in terms of research projects. The facilities are adequate. The support staffs are friendly and helpful.
Interactive Design Institute increases the students' employability by the following 3 ways: 1. As part of the mandatory research section of the modules, it encourages students to research the successful and contemporary professionals in their field and learn from their employment stories. 2. As part of the mandatory outcome section of the module, it encourages students to reflect upon their own work and put them in the perspective of the professionals in the field. 3. It encourages students to become part of the professional societies and attend seminars and exhibitions to increase networking with the professionals in the respective fields.
The most liked part of the course is to put it into the perspective of the current need and want of the job market. Often a subjective decision is based on the right kind of work matching the need of the right company. The least liked part is the problems with non-live communication and delivery of instructions over internet.
Pretty adequate for my purpose.
Expensive but full of motivation and hope for new projects
As long as students ask for it, they provide excellent advice and support by experienced academic cordinators
I love studying with idi and am happy I chose to continue my studies for postgraduate here. Idi gives me a lot of options and I get to engage with amazing peers sndctutors throughout the course.
We do a lot of assignments based on using transferable skills and our studies push us to get involved in the art and design industry all around. Working on CVs, portfolios and our business plans have all been part of the coursework during Undergraduate Level too.
I love the flexibility of studying with idi that allows me to work full time and still fit my studies around this. The course structure is very open and tutors are tolerant as long as you keep engaged online and let them know what you are up to.
The online website has just been redone and works extremely easy and intuitive now.
I was able to travel and move to various locations while studying onlinecwith idi for the past four years so really enjoy the freedom and flexitime fit your studies around your other plans.
Feedback and support teams are Great and always reply within 24hours.