The master’s degree in emerging media design and development (EMDD) is a 36-credit-hour, two-year program that includes 18 credit hours of course work and 18 credit hours working in the Creative Projects and Applied Research labs.

First-Year Course Work

In your first year of study, you will take courses that will provide foundational knowledge in strategic communication design, digital storytelling, and human-computer interaction. (All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.)

EMDD 600 - Usability and Evaluation Research Methods
EMDD 620 - Visual Communication and Design Thinking
EMDD 640 - Transmedia Storytelling

EMDD 610 - Theories and Frameworks in Human-Computer Interaction
EMDD 630 - Nonlinear Storytelling
EMDD 650 - Interactive Media Design and Development

Second-Year Lab Experiences

The applied lab experiences are the centerpiece of our EMDD program. In your second year of study, you will take 9 credit hours of course work in the Applied Research Lab and 9 credit hours of coursework in the Creative Projects and Development Lab, each of which will focus on solving real-world problems with partners outside the university. You will also be required to complete either a thesis or creative project.

Semester Three
EMDD 660 - Applied Research Lab (3-6 credit hours)

Students who choose the thesis option will also enroll in:

           THES 698 - Thesis (3-6 credit hours)

Semester Four
EMDD 670 - Creative Projects & Development Lab (3-6 credit hours)

Students who choose the Creative Project option will also enroll in:

           CRPRJ 698 - Creative Project (3-6 credit hours)

The Creative Projects Lab director will work closely with the Applied Research Lab director to determine what types of research will be conducted in relation to these projects.

Creative Projects and Development Lab

The purpose of the Creative Projects Lab is to design and develop novel story forms, interactive systems, news platforms, multimedia apps, and other digital assets in the field of emerging media and communication design. Projects will follow common communication design models and will use contextual design and inquiry, human factors research, and user-centered design models. Project teams may include a variety of specialists such as writers, editors, graphic designers, and photographers.

Applied Research Lab

The purpose of the Applied Research Lab is to research surrounding Creative Projects Lab work. Research may include iterative usability studies conducted at several points during the design and development phase, as well as summative research that contributes new knowledge in strategic information and communication design. Student researchers will submit their findings to top research journals and conferences, as well as professional organizations.