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Effective storytelling across ever-changing communication platforms

Ball State’s master’s degree in emerging media design and development was created for working professionals who want to manage and direct interdisciplinary teams that use advanced storytelling techniques to advance an organization.

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You will gain skills in three key areas that are in high demand in the workforce: design thinking, human-computer interaction, and cross-platform storytelling. You will learn how to plan, develop, deploy, and test the effectiveness of communication design and stories.

This Program Might Be Right for You If . . . 

Our students come from creative backgrounds (e.g. English, journalism, theater, graphic design, photography, videography) and technology backgrounds (e.g. programmers, web developers, animators).

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Our interdisciplinary approach allows students from diverse professional and academic backgrounds to boost existing skills with training in project management, design thinking, applied research, and cross-platform storytelling. Our graduates are able to succeed in their current field and expand their skill set to become professionals in areas they may not have previously considered.  

Prepare Yourself for a Variety of Careers

Our graduates are prepared for success as content strategists, user experience designers, product designers, project managers, and other leadership roles in corporations, non-profits, marketing firms, media companies, entertainment companies, consulting agencies, and more.

Elise Lockwood

“Ball State’s Emerging Media Design and Development program is unique because you don't experience the grad school bubble. If anything, I'm more involved in the Indianapolis community than I was when I was working there. Not only am I learning skills that will benefit me in the future, but I am creating real experiences for real clients that will make a difference in the real world."— Elise Lockwood '17, MA in EMDD

Entrepreneurial-Minded Faculty

Courses are taught by engaged professors who have years of teaching experience, coupled with current experiences helping organizations with real-world strategic communication design challenges.

Professors work closely with partners external to the university, developed through faculty collaborations and advisory board relationships, and stay current on economic issues and business and state needs. Our partners include government agencies, corporate partners, nonprofits, and individuals.

Unique Blended Format: Online and Some On-Site Work

Not quite ready to enroll in a full master’s program? We also offer a graduate certificate that can be completed in three semesters. Courses in this program can apply to the master’s degree, if you later decide you want to pursue the full degree.

We have designed the program with the mid-career professional in mind. Each semester, you will spend only five days in a workshop environmentfrom late Wednesday afternoon through Sundayat Ball State's center in Fishers, Indiana, just a few miles north of Indianapolis. You will complete the rest of the semester online.

If you are looking for an on-campus experience. The EMDD degree is also available on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana.

Competitive Tuition

Ball State’s online and distance education degrees give you that crucial combination of quality and value. You would be earning your degree 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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