Curriculum

The mission of the Experience Design MFA is to enable learners to gain the design thinking, knowledge, and skills required for developing high fidelity, people-driven outcomes at personal and systemic levels. Coursework synthesizes theory and methods from design research, service, user experience, and communication design, encompassing digital and tangible technologies. Learners grow these competencies through exercises, projects, and learning experiences designed to develop practical, analytical, creative, emotional, and social intelligences. Graduates are prepared to enter a wide range of design practices as designers and educators who are equipped to lead and develop culturally relevant design innovations in complex contexts.

Optional: Spend one semester in San Francisco making connections through our Digital Innovation Program (SFDI). Through this program, students intern with startups, network with the technology community, and meet innovators. Those who choose to participate in SFDI will spend the spring semester of their first year in San Francisco as an alternative to coursework on the Oxford campus.

The guide below is for reference only. The Miami University Bulletin series is the official source of information about the programs and courses of study offered at Miami University.


 

Program Curriculum

All courses in the MFA in Experience Design are offered online or hybrid. Some electives are not currently available as hybrid courses (see electives list at the bottom of this page).

Depending on the year students are admitted, they will start on the Year A, B, or C track.

Use this list and the grid below to determine which courses are planned to be offered.

  • Start Fall 2018: Year C
  • Start Fall 2019: Year A
  • Start Fall 2020: Year B
  • Start Fall 2021: Year C
  • Start Fall 2022: Year A
  • Start Fall 2023: Year B
  • Start Fall 2023: Year C

Toggle course content years below to view possible curriculum order.

  • Year A: Fall

    • Experience Design Studio

      ART 650
      credits:3
      type:studio
      content:Sensemaking or Sensory Literacy
      focus:synthesis
      skills:experience design
    • Thesis Development

      ART 700
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:self-selected project
      skills:design research, experience design, reporting, dissemination
    • Design Research Theory

      ART 651
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:theory
      skills:writing, reframing, innovation
    • Special Topics Design Studio

      ART 560
      credits:3
      type:studio
      content:Changes with instructor. Open to all majors.
      focus:synthesis
      skills:collaboration, adaptation, experience design, research, design thinking, design process, problem solving
    • A History of Design

      ART 555
      credits:3
      type:seminar
      focus:context
      skills:writing, reframing, analysis, research, critical thinking
    • Design Research Methods

      ART 627
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:methods
      skills:research, reporting, responsible design, ethics
  • Year A: Spring

    • Experience Design Studio

      ART 650
      credits:3
      type:studio
      content:Storytelling or Materiality
      focus:synthesis
      skills:experience design
    • Thesis Operation

      ART 700
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:self-selected project
      skills:design research, experience design, reporting, dissemination
    • Experience Design Methods

      ART 622
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:methods
      skills:products, services, sensory design
    • Interactive Media Studies Elective

      credits:3
      type:seminar
  • Year A: Summer

    • Usability and Digital Media

      IMS 513
      credits:4
      type:seminar
      focus:methods
      skills:usability
    • Applied Experience Design: Walt Disney World (or other elective)

      ART 536
      credits:3
      type:immersive
      focus:methods
      skills:research, experience design, customer service, logistics, storytelling
  • Year B: Fall

    • Experience Design Studio

      ART 650
      credits:3
      type:studio
      content:Sensemaking or Sensory Literacy
      focus:synthesis
      skills:experience design
    • Thesis Development

      ART 700
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:self-selected project
      skills:design research, experience design, reporting, dissemination
    • Writing for Design Audiences

      ART 623
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:methods
      skills:writing, presentations, proposals, grants, publishing
    • Special Topics Design Studio

      ART 560
      credits:3
      type:studio
      content:Changes with instructor. Open to all majors.
      focus:synthesis
      skills:collaboration, adaptation, experience design, research, design thinking, design process, problem solving
    • A History of Design

      ART 555
      credits:3
      type:seminar
      focus:context
      skills:writing, reframing, analysis, research, critical thinking
    • Design Research Methods

      ART 627
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:methods
      skills:research, reporting, responsible design, ethics
  • Year B: Spring

    • Experience Design Studio

      ART 650
      credits:3
      type:studio
      content:Storytelling or Materiality
      focus:synthesis
      skills:experience design
    • Thesis Operation

      ART 700
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:self-selected project
      skills:design research, experience design, reporting, dissemination
    • Designing for Access

      ART 624
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:methods
      skills:research, cultural relevance, different needs, usability, design
    • Ethics and Digital Media

      IMS 524
      credits:3
      type:seminar
      focus:theory
      skills:context, ethics
  • Year B: Summer

    • Usability and Digital Media

      IMS 513
      credits:4
      type:seminar
      focus:methods
      skills:usability
    • Applied Experience Design: Walt Disney World (or other elective)

      ART 536
      credits:3
      type:immersive
      focus:methods
      skills:research, experience design, customer service, logistics, storytelling
  • Year C: Fall

    • Experience Design Studio

      ART 650
      credits:3
      type:studio
      content:Sensemaking or Sensory Literacy
      focus:synthesis
      skills:experience design
    • Thesis Development

      ART 700
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:self-selected project
      skills:design research, experience design, reporting, dissemination
    • Systemic Design

      ART 625
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:theory
      skills:mapping, need discovery, stakeholder needs alignment
    • Special Topics Design Studio

      ART 560
      credits:3
      type:studio
      content:Changes with instructor. Open to all majors.
      focus:synthesis
      skills:collaboration, adaptation, experience design, research, design thinking, design process, problem solving
    • A History of Design

      ART 555
      credits:3
      type:seminar
      focus:context
      skills:writing, reframing, analysis, research, critical thinking
    • Design Research Methods

      ART 627
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:methods
      skills:research, reporting, responsible design, ethics
  • Year C: Spring

    • Experience Design Studio

      ART 650
      credits:3
      type:studio
      content:Storytelling or Materiality
      focus:synthesis
      skills:experience design
    • Thesis Operation

      ART 700
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:self-selected project
      skills:design research, experience design, reporting, dissemination
    • Methods of Dissemination

      ART 626
      credits:3
      type:studio
      focus:methods
      skills:writing, presentations, publishing
    • Interactive Media Studies Elective

      credits:3
  • Year C: Summer

    • Usability and Digital Media

      IMS 513
      credits:4
      type:seminar
      focus:methods
      skills:usability
    • Applied Experience Design: Walt Disney World (or other elective)

      ART 536
      credits:3
      type:immersive
      focus:methods
      skills:research, experience design, customer service, logistics, storytelling

Approved Electives

     
  • ART 620 Drawing (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 436/536 Applied Experience Design (Walt Disney World) (Hybrid, 3 hrs)
  • ART 557 Photography IV & V (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 571 Sculpture IV & V (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 620 Drawing (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 640 Printmaking (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART 680 Graduate Seminar in Art History (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • ART/IMS 628 Experience Design Internship (On-site, 3-9 hrs)
  • IMS 404/504 Visualization (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 407/507 Interactive Bus Communication (Online, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 411/511 Visual Rhetoric (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 414/514 Web and Social Media Analytics (Online, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 418/518 Social Media Marketing (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 419/519 Digital Branding (Online, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 422/522 Advanced Web Design (Hybrid, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 440/540 Interactive Media Studies Practicum (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 445/545 Game Design (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 461/561 Adv 3D & Simulation (Oxford, 3 hrs)
  • IMS 677 Web Design (Online, 3 hrs)
(ART: Art; IMS: Interactive Media Studies)

The Miami University Bulletin series is the official source of information about the programs and courses of study offered at Miami University.