Experience Design

Miami University Oxford, Ohio

MFA in Experience Design from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Experience Design at Miami

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    Engage people to discover unarticulated needs and develop culturally relevant outcomes that meet those needs.

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    Research Intensive

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

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    Embrace service, interaction, and communication design processes for developing outcomes that engage the senses and move people.

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    Detailed, Crafted

    Create high-fidelity design outcomes that employ digital and physical technologies.

Why Experience Design?

Whether digital or physical, products and services designed with the experience as their focus can empower and delight.

About Experience Design

Distant, but not Distanced

Regardless of where you are, learners will be able to study Experience Design at Miami.

A Hybrid Approach

Everyone has different learning needs and different life challenges. The xdMFA Program will combine online learning, offsite study, and travel to create an immersive, flexible learning experience that's as innovative as the content it covers.

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    Online Learning

    Participate in discussions, critique work asynchronously, share progress, engage in collaborative group work, and complete lessons… all when it fits into your weekly schedule.

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    Virtual Studios

    Three times each semester, learners participate in the Experience Design Studio virtually—reconnecting with students and faculty for a long lunch of learning, critique, and camaraderie.

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    Destination Weekends

    Once a semester students and faculty converge on different destination to study design for an immersive long weekend in context.

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    Oxford Weekend

    At the start of their degree work, new students meet in Oxford, Ohio for a long weekend of design and conversation that initiates each student’s degree work.

Experience Designers and Leaders

A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Experience Design to expand your design thinking, knowledge, and skills.

A Degree of Variety

The xdMFA is offered jointly by Graphic Design and Interactive Media Studies at Miami University, a vibrant liberal arts university where transdisciplinary ideas that span media is encouraged.

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    Faculty, visitors, and learning experiences that cover researching human-made products and services and the creation, implementation, and testing of new ones with an eye toward usability, interaction, and branding.

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    Interactive Media Studies

    Learners have access to experts and learning in game design, user experience, digital ethics, and virtual reality through IMS, including an optional semester-long San Francisco program.

Design Defies Definition

When human-designed products and services are all around in many shapes and sizes, the description of an Experience Designer is a roomy one.

A Degree for the Curious

Experience design engages thinking, knowledge, and skills in field research, coding, physical construction, visual design, marketing, and presentation. If you're a degreed expert and have the portfolio to prove it you may have the makings of an experience designer.

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    Those who come from a range of design practices can gain research methods that provide evidence for design innovations and skills for developing and testing digital and physical prototypes.

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    Developers will grow their design skills to make their outcomes more polished, engaging, and endearing to the people who use them and the user experience research methods to find out why.

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    Social Science researchers will practice design thinking and doing, which can reframe their thinking for designing and conducting research into human-designed products and services.

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    Business professionals will expand their knowledge of design thinking processes that can yield successful innovations in the marketplace and will learn how to lead these teams.

Engaged Learning

Experience Design is multisensory and multifaceted, and so are the ways xd approaches learning.

Multiple Intelligences

For decades, researchers have challenged notions of one type of human intelligence (IQ). This research has been adapted for our program. Every learning experience in the xdMFA has been designed to develop and measure five different intelligences.

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    "Common Sense" or "Street Smarts"

    Meet deadlines, follow procedures, adapt to workplace culture, and work within limitations.

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    Critical Thinking and Reason

    Reason through problems, work iteratively, make well-informed, logical decisions.

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    Synthesis and Invention

    Generate inventive, engaging ideas and outcomes.

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    Interpreting and Expressing Emotions

    Accurately interpret and apply emotions in design work and personal interactions.

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    Collaboration and Engagement With Others

    Collaborate in teams, work one-on-one with others, facilitate consensus.

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We'd love chat with you about Experience Design.