Experience Design at Miami



Partner with people to discover unarticulated needs and co-create culturally relevant outcomes.

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Research Intensive

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

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Integrate service, interaction, and communication design processes to enhance accessibility and engage the senses.

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Detailed Design

Create multi-sensory design prototypes and plans with a high degree of formal and functional detail.

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Why Experience Design?

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

News + Updates

Stories and work coming out of the xdMFA.

xdMFA Information Sessions

Dennis Cheatham

March 29, 2021

Learn more about xdMFA by joining us for one of our information sessions! In these Zoom meetings, you’ll learn about how xd works, what you can expect to learn as […]

xdMFA Information Sessions

xdMFA Thesis Defense Week Spring 2018

Dennis Cheatham

April 11, 2018

Join us for the Spring 2018 xdMFA Defense Week, April 16–20 and experience presentations by MFA Candidates in Experience Design. MFA Candidates will present their project work that has been […]

xdMFA Thesis Defense Week Spring 2018

Distanced, but not Distant

Regardless of where you are, you can study Experience Design in the xdMFA.

A Hybrid Approach

Everyone has different learning needs and different life challenges. xdMFA combines 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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Oxford Weekend

At the start of their degree work, new students meet in Oxford, Ohio for a long weekend of workshops, events, and exploration to launch their experience design journey.

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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

Several times each semester, learners participate in courses via video hangouts—reconnecting with students and faculty for learning, critique, and camaraderie.

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Destination Weekends

Once every semester, students and faculty meet at a different destination for an immersive, long weekend of applied design research.

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Design Defies Definition

A transdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts in Experience Design to expand design thinking, knowledge, and skills.

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 will develop knowledge and skills in research methods that provide evidence for design innovations and skills for developing and testing digital and physical prototypes.

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Researchers from the social sciences, humanities, and other disciplines will practice design thinking and doing—expanding their understanding of designing and conducting research into products and services.

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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 as well as the user experience research methods to find out why.

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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 human-centered design teams.

Engaged Learning

Experience Design is multisensory and multifaceted, and so are the ways the xdMFA 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 our program 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.



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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You've heard our stories. Now start your own experience. Apply or contact us to learn more.

Apply at xd.miamioh.edu