Master of Arts

Experience Design

Experience Design  


The MA in Experience Design addresses the growing demand for professionals with a combination of skills to effectively design processes, services, events, and environments with a focus placed on the quality of the user experience and culturally relevant solutions. The interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes learning design methods and building design and production skills. By working on collaborative projects with local communities, students engage in critical reflective practice as they develop the skills and techniques necessary to communicate and design products and experiences in a range of media.

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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 the process, visit our Graduate Admission page for more information.

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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, game development, graphic design, architecture, computer science, and product design, to name but 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. A wide selection of elective courses allows students deeply engage in genres and topics of their own choice.

Design and Research

Students have many opportunities to participate in design and research through the Collaboration Practicum courses, research assistantships, independent studies, and through various groups at CDM, such as the Deep Games Lab, the Idea Realization Lab, and the Technology for Social Good Research & Design Lab.

CDM School of Design

The CDM School of Design has a vibrant group of faculty who work within interdisciplinary modes with design at their core in the areas of software development, product 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.

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 user experience designers, graphic designers, game designers, interaction designers and web designers, educational technology designers, and exhibit designers. Students may also pursue jobs as customer experience designers and innovation and design strategists, which are new types of positions that are emerging as businesses look toward design methods for competitive advantage and innovation.