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MFA in Experience Design (xdMFA)

When you order an Uber, track your run on a Fitbit, buy groceries at a megastore, or check a sick friend into a hospital, you are encountering experience design. Some designs limit and frustrate people while other design outcomes empower them. The rise of people-driven design research, pervasive and ubiquitous technology, and increasingly complex systems of interaction require a new kind of designer. The Experience Design graduate program at Miami is where learners develop the transdisciplinary expertise necessary for the highest levels of research and practice of design for a diverse human experience.

The MFA in Experience Design brings together design research, accessibility, technology, leadership, and innovation for people-driven design...because people deserve better experiences.

General Program Description

The MFA in Experience Design from Miami University is a three-year, terminal degree offered as a collaboration between Communication Design and Interactive Media Studies. This is a distance learning program that makes it possible for working professionals and caregivers to maintain their roles while completing the degree. All courses in the MFA in Experience Design are hybrid or online.

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xdMFA Curriculum by Semester

xdMFA | Fall 2018, First Year

  • ART 650 Experience Design Studio: Interaction (3 hrs, hybrid)
    Destination Weekend: Meets in Santa Fe, NM: November 1-4, 2018
  • ART 627 Design Research Methods (3 hrs, hybrid)
    Oxford Weekend: Meets in Oxford, OH: September 6-9, 2018
  • ART 625 Systemic Design (3 hrs, online)

xdMFA | Spring 2019, First Year

  • ART 650 Experience Design Studio: Materiality (3 hrs, hybrid)
    Destination Weekend: Meets in New Orleans, LA: March 7-10, 2019
  • ART 626 Methods of Dissemination (3 hrs, online)
  • Approved elective (3 hrs) (see list)

xdMFA | Summer 2019, First Year

  • IMS 513 Usability and Digital Media (3 hrs, online)

xdMFA | Fall 2019, Second Year

  • ART 650 Experience Design Studio: Meaning-Making (3 hrs, hybrid)
    Destination Weekend: Meets in Portland, OR: November 7-10, 2019
  • ART 651 Design Research Theory
  • ART 555 A History of Design

xdMFA | Spring 2020, Second Year

  • ART 650 Experience Design Studio: Storytelling (3 hrs, hybrid)
    Destination Weekend: Meets in Appalachian Kentucky: March 5-8, 2020
  • ART 622 Experience Design Methods (3 hrs, online)
  • Approved elective (3 hrs) (see list)

xdMFA | Summer 2020, Second Year

  • ART 536 Applied Experience Design: Walt Disney World (3 hrs, hybrid)
    Online three weeks, Meets at Walt Disney World Resort: June 11-15, 2020
  • or approved elective instead of ART 536 (see list)

xdMFA | Fall 2020, Third Year

  • ART 700 Thesis Development (3hrs, online)
  • ART 623 Writing for Design Audiences (3 hrs, online)
  • ART 560 Special Topics Design Studio (3 hrs, online)

xdMFA | Spring 2021, Third Year

  • ART 700 Thesis Operation (3 hrs, online)
  • ART 624 Designing for Access (3 hrs, online)
  • IMS 524 Ethics and Digital Media (3 hrs, online)

xdMFA Approved Electives

  • ART 620 Drawing (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 436/536 Applied Experience Design (Walt Disney World) (Hybrid, 3 hrs)
  • ART 557 Photography IV & V (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 571 Sculpture IV & V (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 620 Drawing (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 640 Printmaking (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 680 Graduate Seminar in Art History (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART/IMS 628 Experience Design Internship (On-site, 3-9 hrs)
  • IMS 404/504 Visualization (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 407/507 Interactive Bus Communication (Online, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 411/511 Visual Rhetoric (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 414/514 Web and Social Media Analytics (Online, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 418/518 Social Media Marketing (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 419/519 Digital Branding (Online, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 422/522 Advanced Web Design (Hybrid, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 440/540 Interactive Media Studies Practicum (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 445/545 Game Design (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 461/561 Adv 3D & Simulation (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 677 Web Design (Online, 3 hrs)

Application Process

Apply to Experience Design through the Miami University Graduate School.

Acceptance

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis ending May 1 each year. Departmental acceptance into the MFA program is competitive and is determined by the quality of the portfolio and undergraduate education.

Assistantships

Assistantships are not available for this program.