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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. xdMFA is designed for people from various disciplines to 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.

Application Deadlines: June 1 (for Fall semester start), December 1 (for Spring semester start)

Why Experience Design?

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xdMFA Information Sessions

Learn more about xdMFA by joining us for one of our information sessions! In these Zoom meetings, you'll learn about how xd works, what you can expect to learn as a student, and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions and discuss the program with xdMFA Graduate Director Dennis Cheatham.

2021 Spring/Summer Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, February 23, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 9, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 19, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 30, 9:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 20, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 5, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 20, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Use our Google Form to sign up for any session, and we'll send you a link for the Zoom call. We look forward to meeting you!

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Design is All Around

No matter where you are, the xdMFA is within reach. Online classes make learning portable, and each semester, the xdMFA cohort visits a different location in North America to research and design in context for a long weekend. Students in the program visit places like Zion National Park, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Montréal, 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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People-Driven

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

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Research-Intensive

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

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Experience-Centered

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.