Formal Educational Credentials for Information Architects

November 21, 2001

The ACIA received 172 responses to this survey, which ran from October 29 through November 8, 2001. This same survey was also run in November 2000, and we've referenced some of the 2000 survey's results here for comparison.

Survey Highlights

  • A Trend toward Certification...: Last year, 15% of respondents predicted that IA certification would be the most common educational credential; this year the number rose to 20%.
  • ...and Another Trend toward Graduate-Level Education: Last year, 29% of respondents predicted that undergraduate education would be the most common credential, while 39% predicted that graduate education would be the most common credential. This year, the undergraduate level dropped to 19%, while the graduate level rose to 45%.

Detailed Survey Results

  1. Do you consider yourself to be a practicing information architect (based on your title or the work you do)?

  2. What is your most advanced educational credential in Information Architecture (for year 2001)?

  3. In 2006, what formal educational credential will be most common to practicing information architects?

    Other formal credentials that respondents currently have include:

    • Advertising (1 undergraduate)
    • American Literature (1 PhD)
    • Architecture (1 graduate)
    • Art or Fine Art (3 graduate; 2 undergraduate)
    • Cognitive Psychology (1 PhD; 1 graduate; 1 undergraduate)
    • Communications (1 undergraduate)
    • Computer Art (1 graduate)
    • English (1 graduate)
    • Environmental Design (1 undergraduate)
    • Graphic Design (1 graduate)
    • HCI (1 graduate; 1 undergraduate)
    • Information Design (3 graduate; 1 undergraduate)
    • Information Management or Information Systems (1 post-graduate; 1 graduate)
    • Instructional Design or Instructional Technology (4 graduate)
    • Journalism (3 undergraduate)
    • Landscape Architecture (1 undergraduate)
    • Learning Sciences (1 graduate)
    • Librarianship and/or Information Science (22 graduate; 1 undergraduate)
    • Linguistics (1 undergraduate)
    • Media and Communication Science (1 undergraduate)
    • Network Systems/Protocols (1 post-graduate)
    • Philosophy (1 undergraduate)
    • Psychology (1 PhD; 1 graduate; 1 undergraduate)
    • Public Policy (1 graduate)
    • Software Engineering (1 graduate)
    • Technical Communication (2 graduate)
    • Urban Planning and Policy (1 graduate)
    • Writing (1 graduate)