Requirements for MA in Experience Design

Master of Arts - Coming Fall 2016

Experience Design

Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in the designated program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.

Course Legend
Course Requirements

No Introductory course (a course numbered 400 through 419) may be substituted for any other course at any level.

Foundation Courses
HCD 421 Design and Human Experience
MCS 502 Media and Cultural Studies
Core Courses
Choose 2 courses from the following:
EXP 440 Play and Experience Design
EXP 441 Learning and Experience Design
EXP 442 Interface and Experience Design
Design and Production Courses in Discipline Areas
Choose 3 courses from any of these areas:

Game Design and Production
GAM 424 Game Design Workshop
GAM 690 Game Development Studio I
GAM 691 Game Development Studio II

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
HCI 470 Digital Design
HCI 530 Mobile Design

Media Arts
DMA 475 Moving Image Workshop
DMA 425 Still Image Workshop
DMA 480 Web/Media Delivery Workshop
DC 468 Interactive Documentary
DC 413 Production Sound
DC 441 Storytelling for Video Games

Media and Communication
MCS 541 Audio Documentary
MCS 542 Topics in Production
JOUR 504 Multimedia News Production
JOUR 507 Visual Communication

User Research
HCI 445 Inquiry Methods and Use Analysis
HCI 460 Usability Evaluation Methods
HCI 515 Design Ethnography
Topic Area Electives
Choose 3 from the following:
HCI 553 Social Interaction Design
GAM 597 Topics in Game Design
HCI 520 Learner-Centered Design
MCS 501 Film and Media Theory
MCS 520 Topics in Media Studies
MCS 530 New Media and Culture
JOUR 538 Mass Communication in the Digital Age
CMNS 501 Communication in Cultural Contexts
CMNS 545 Communication and Technology
CMNS 552 Strategic Communication
CMNS 570 Introduction to Digital Communication
NMS 508 Design Rhetorics
NMS 510 Writing Digital Content
WRD 511 Topics in Community, Culture and Identity: Visual Rhetoric
RELC 500 Relational Communication Theories
RELC 504 Relational Communication and Entrepreneurship
Collaboration Practicum
Students must take the collaboration studio class 3 times. These classes provide the opportunity for students to work in teams and to take on real-world challenges linked to community-based organizations and groups.
EXP 480 Collaboration Studio
Optional Portfolio Workshop
Students have the option of taking a Portfolio Workshop course focused on developing their professional identity, creating a portfolio, and preparing for their next career steps. This workshop course is optional and does not count toward the MA in Experience Design degree requirements.
EXP 450 Portfolio Workshop