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The MFA in Experience Design is a transdisciplinary distance learning degree that brings together design research, accessibility, technology, leadership, and innovation for people-driven design. The xdMFA has been designed so people from a wide range of disciplines can develop the expertise necessary for the highest levels of design research and practice for the diverse human experience. The program mixes online, virtual, and in-person learning experiences for those who seek life-transforming learning on a flexible schedule.

Why Experience Design?


Design is All Around

No matter where you are, the xdMFA is within reach. Online and virtual classes make learning portable and each semester, the xdMFA cohort visits a different location in the United States to research and design in context for a long weekend. Students in the program visit places like Zion National Park, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Chicago, San Francisco, and even our own hometown of Oxford, Ohio.

People don't interact with design in studios. So we take the studio to where people and design intersect to examine topics like wellness, transportation, sustainability, commerce, and healthy communities.

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Partner with people to discover unarticulated needs and co-create culturally relevant outcomes.

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Learn and apply design research methods to design, develop, deploy and test innovations.

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Integrate service, interaction, and communication design processes to enhance accessibility and engage the senses.

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Detailed Design

Create multi-sensory design prototypes and plans with a high degree of formal and functional detail.