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Iam currently studying in highschool iam interested in uiux design and i want to pursue it as my carrer however i want to do bachelors in pschology as well kindly suggest me if it would be beneficial for me or i should do ba in product design . ?

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Karin’s Answer

Hi Mae,

Both psychology and design would be useful to work in UX/UI.

Psychology would put you more on the side of UX where you'd do user research (among other things). Design would put you more on the side of UI where you'd design the actual user interface.

Then again, it would depend on the company you work for. If you work for a small company, you might find yourself doing all those things because you are the whole department. If you work for a large company you might work in a large team where everyone is specialized on one aspect.

So, it's really your decision what you like doing more and where you feel more comfortable. Or, you could do a double major or major in psychology and minor in design. Some schools in the US also have a UX/UI/HCI undergrad degree (I left a link below) that might be perfect.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

KP

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https://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/top-25-undergraduate-uxuihci-schools-and-colleges-us-2024-rankings
Thank you comment icon I appreciate you taking the time to answer this. Mae
Thank you comment icon I fully agree with Karin! Also, your first year or so of college may be a great way to really figure out what you enjoy and want to pursue as a major :) You can always decide to start one path, and maybe change while in school! (For example, if you started with a double major in product design and psychology and decided you wanted to major in product design and minor in psychology, typically that is an easy change to make.) Corinn Cramer
Thank you comment icon Hi Mae, I have a bachelors degree in Psychology and I am a UI/UX designer. I would say my background in psychology has greatly helped me understand users better, their behaviors, and motivations, which are essential in creating user-friendly designs. It provides me with valuable insights that I apply in my design process. Pursuing psychology alongside UI/UX design could definitely be beneficial for you. Best wishes, Your online big sister 😁 Victoria Anumene
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Valerie’s Answer

Psychology for UX? Great choice! It builds user understanding (key for UX!), keeps career options open, and design skills can be learned later. Talk to UX pros and try online design courses. Your psychology base lets you add design skills later. But if design thrills you more, a design degree might be better.

Ultimately, the path matters less than your passion. Love what you do, and the rest will follow. (P.S. I got into UX with a psychology degree too!)
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Linda’s Answer

Mae, All design is phycological because we need a positive response when interacting with designs of any nature. For example, you could design the coolest jar for pickles or add an interesting color to a line of appliances your designing but if people are reminded of a negative memory associated with the shape of the jar or the interesting color appliances it won't matter how beautiful or well it is designed and there are endless examples of phycological responses which effect design both positive and negative. I think paring the two subjects is brilliant. I would try different classes for both subjects with this connection in mind. I use phycology every day in my design business for matching my clients design intention and real life interactions. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Hali’s Answer

Both will lend well to the UX/UI space but Psychology will likely put you into the UX or Design Research category. These roles are usually a bit higher paid than UI design if that is a consideration for you. Many roles in Design Research are probably going to look for higher education like a Masters in Psych but not always. I'd look up open jobs via LinkedIn at companies you would ideally like to work for and roles you would like to work in and see what qualifications they are looking for to closer align your education with your goals. If you go the more research route with the Psych career you may not be able to be as creative in these roles meaning it will be more user research and identifying problems then handing it off to designers if you are in a large company. Smaller companies may provide an environment where you can do it all, but in that case building a great UI portfolio that takes into account visual/aesthetic design, and consideration for how developers could program it will set you apart. It may take extra effort to either learn these skills on your own or take some classes on it in conjunction with the Psych degree.

Hope this helps and wishing you the best of luck!
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Tom’s Answer

Hi Mae,

Both would be great! As others have pointed out, psychology would likely put you into research focused roles, while focusing on UX/UI would put you closer to the design work itself.

It's also worth considering that, whichever path you would choose, both would be great foundations to start an interesting career that could change with your interests. I'd suggest finding sample materials from either degree path and seeing which one you find the most compelling.

It could also be possible to combine the two, depending on the college you attend; a psych major with a minor in design could give you a real edge upon graduation!
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Cassidy’s Answer

Hello Mae!

Just like others have pointed out, both fields hold significant value in the realm of UX design, and you'll undoubtedly utilize both in your UX journey.

If I were in your shoes, I'd opt for product design. However, that's purely because it aligns with my personal interests. You should choose a path that sparks your enthusiasm. Additionally, make an effort to broaden your knowledge by exploring other areas beyond your chosen field.

Stay driven, put in the necessary effort, and you'll undoubtedly achieve success!
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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi Mae
The both courses are very good and work hand in hand!

My advise is that you can pursue UI/UX design as a skill and Pursue Psychology as a course.

In this way, you can pursue the both of them at once and gain expertise in both.

All the same, it depends on you.
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