Master of Arts Experience Design

The MA in Experience Design is an interdisciplinary program that prepares future experience designers by providing a foundation in design methods, research, and collaboration. Students learn to apply theoretical frameworks and research methods to understand systems, define problems, and communicate potential solutions and their impact. By working on collaborative projects with local communities, students learn to create design-based artifacts tied to human-centered problems in a chosen disciplinary area (e.g., web/mobile design, game design, learning design).

Careers In Experience Design

Graduates will be prepared for the many varied career options available to those skilled in experience design. Jobs in these careers include experience designers, design strategists, product designers, visual designers, game designers, educational technology designers, and exhibit designers. Students may pursue jobs across varied industries as businesses and organizations look toward design for competitive advantage and innovation.

Students in the Program Learn

  • Methods for designing human-centered experiences
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Techniques for creating media artifacts across genres
  • Skills for engaging with local communities
  • Approaches for designing interactions that bridge online and face-to-face activities
  • LeAnne Wagner

    Research areas: user experience design; emerging user interfaces; digital fabrication; maker methods and pedagogy

  • Denise Nacu

    Research areas: learning environments, learning analytics, educational technology, design methods, broadening participation in STEM

  • Sheena Erete

    Research areas: human-computer interaction; social computing; design for communities, equity and ethics in design; design for social and economic sustainability; broadening participation in STEM

 

The CDM School of Design has a vibrant group of faculty who work across disciplines with design at their core in the areas of software development, product design, interaction design, learning design, and game development. As a school, faculty and students work together to integrate existing and cutting-edge technologies and social practices into visualizations, games, apps, products, processes, and experiences that positively impact society.

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Flexible Curriculum

The Experience Design curriculum is designed to afford maximum flexibility to students, who will come to the program from disciplines as far ranging as human-computer interaction, communications, game development, education, graphic design, architecture, computer science, and product design, to name a few. The core of the curriculum focuses on design methods to create powerful human-centered experiences, working within cross-disciplinary teams and with local communities, and producing design-based artifacts.

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Experience Design Collaboration Studio

The Collaboration Studio classes join student teams with community-based organizations and groups to address real-world challenges. A recent class collaborated with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on their Lead Safe API, a clinical decision support tool used in electronic health records (EHR). Students interviewed doctors and stakeholders with the goal of developing solutions that support the deployment of the tool.

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Student Resources

Students have a wealth of resources available to them including research assistantships, independent studies, media and computer labs, and design facilities like the student-driven makerspace, the Idea Realization Lab.

 

Deep Games Lab

The Deep Games Laboratory is a cross-disciplinary design, research, development, and assessment game lab hosted by CDM that focuses on games that explore the human experience.

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TSG Lab

Students have many opportunities to participate in design and research through various groups and labs at DePaul, like the Technology for Social Good Research and Design Lab (TSG). TSG is focused on designing, building, and studying tools with the goal of fostering equitable education and empowerment in urban communities.

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School of Design Talks

We invite diverse speakers from across the globe who have created innovative responses to the personal, local, and global challenges of the 21st century to lead workshops and discussions.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment QuarterDomestic Student DeadlineInternational Student Deadline
FallAugust 1June 15
WinterDecember 1October 15

Admission Process

The graduate application process involves completing an online application, sending in your transcripts and submitting any supplemental material (e.g., letters of recommendation, certifications, etc.). To learn more about your program specific requirements, visit our Graduate Admission page.

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