Master’s Thesis

The master’s thesis is a design research project in which students partner with organizations and communities to address real-world problems through media and technology design. Examples of recent projects include:

  • An immersive virtual reality experience to help women transition from incarceration to life outside of prison;
  • A creative data literacy curriculum and toolkit co-designed with public librarians and local youths;
  • A game-based app built with the city of Portland, Maine, to help refugees access resources they need to integrate into local communities.

Sample Curriculum

* For one-year intensive

(32 Total Credit Hours)

Note: This program is also available as a two- year program sequence.

Fall Semester: 12 Credits/3 Courses

  • Foundations in Media Design
  • Design Studio I
  • Participatory Design Methods

Spring Semester: 12 Credits/3 Courses

  • Design Studio II
  • Mapping Community Engagement
  • Open Elective

Summer Semester: 8 Credits/2 Courses

  • Master’s Thesis
  • Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, Design Studio III, (or) Open Elective

Courses are offered both online and in-person.

In-Demand Alumni

Past graduates of Media Design currently work in a variety of industries and organizations. A few examples are:

  • The Obama Foundation
  • Global Family Research Project
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • National Organization on Disability

Graduate Admission

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