EMDD class

Ball State offers a 15-credit graduate certificate in emerging media design and development focused in three areas: design thinking, human-computer interaction, and cross-platform and transmedia storytelling.

Through applied research and cross-disciplinary project work, you will be trained in a diverse set of skills including interaction design, usability testing, product development, project management, and innovative storytelling.

The certificate program not only gives you the applied and theoretical skills necessary to work in emerging media, but also provides a foundation for the soft skills employers want, such as collaborative problem solving, design thinking, and applied research and development skills.


How to Apply

There are two steps to apply to the certificate in emerging media design and development:

  1. Meet the graduate certificate admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.
  2. Apply.

Mode of Delivery

This low-residency program is completed partially face-to-face and online.While the majority of your coursework will be online, five days at the start of each semester you will meet in-person in the Greater Indianapolis area to work in a small group setting with your professors and classmates.

This experience allows you the flexibility you need for your workplace, as well as the benefit of face-to-face interaction. The face-to-face sessions are held at Ball State’s Center for Academic and Economic Innovation at Launch Fishers, just a few miles north of Indianapolis (map).

The once-a-semester meetings have been grouped together and designed to fit as conveniently as possible around your work schedule.

You will meet:

  • Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon

The in-person coursework will both introduce the semester’s work and focus direct instruction on the courses being taught that semester. The remainder of the coursework will be done online through Blackboard and using Google tools, including occasional video conferences with classmates and professors via Google Hangout.

Courses You Will Take

You will take two classes per semester in the fall and spring, and one class in the summer. Or, you may opt to take one course at a time and spread over two years.


  • EMDD 600 Usability and Evaluation Research Methods (3 credits)
  • EMDD 620 Emerging Media and Design Thinking (3 credits)


  • EMDD 610 Theories and Frameworks in Human-Computer Interaction (3 credits)
  • EMDD 630 Nonlinear and Interactive Storytelling (3 credits)


  • EMDD 640 Transmedia Storytelling and Publishing (3 credits)

Should you wish to take this certificate experience to the next level, all of these courses can be applied to the master's degree in emerging media design and development.

Competitive Tuition Rates

Ball State’s online and distance education degrees give you that crucial combination of quality and value. You would be earning your certificate from a university nationally known for its prowess in emerging media and its entrepreneurial approach to learning. These advantages are joined with tuition rates that are competitive and an experience that brings you personalized attention. We urge you to compare our value with any other program.

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