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.
* 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.
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
Learn more at emerson.edu/admissions-aid/graduate-admission
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