Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Emerging Media Design & Development (EMDD) was designed as a companion to the in-person and low residency programs. In particular, the audience for this program will be professionals who may not require a full masters but need to understand how to manage and direct interdisciplinary teams, as well as students interested in the EMDD program but who may not be ready to commit to two years.

The EMDD certificate is designed to teach students basic strategies for managing teams and organizations that must think digital-first while still catering to traditional distribution outlets.

To accomplish that goal, the certificate program focuses on three areas: design thinking, human-computer interaction, and cross-platform and transmedia storytelling. The program settled upon these ideas based upon market research on the local, regional, and national level that outlined what the current and future workforce requires.

Three Options for the Graduate Certificate

There are three ways EMDD students can complete certificate classes:

  1. Students may enroll as full-time students in the EMDD program, taking three classes in the Fall and two classes in the Spring semester along with the regular cohort;
  2. Students may enroll as part-time students in the EMDD program, taking two classes in the Fall and Spring, and one class in the Summer semesters along with the regular cohort; or
  3. Students may enroll in the low residency program, taking two classes in the Fall and Spring, and one class in the Summer semester. Details of the low residency program are below.

The first two options require students to be on Ball State University’s campus, as those classes are delivered in-person. The third option requires students to attend an in-person, weeklong session at the Ball State University’s Center for Academic & Economic Innovation at Launch Fishers at the start of each semester.

How the Low Residency Graduate Certificate Works

The Low Residency Certificate (brochure) was designed for working professionals and managers who must learn how to operate in a 21st century business environment, but who don’t can’t leave their current positions in order to update their skills. This program will teach these mid-career and working professionals how to manage teams and organizations that must think digital-first while still catering to traditional distribution outlets.

To accomplish that goal, the low residency program focuses on three areas: design thinking, human-computer interaction, and cross-platform and transmedia storytelling. The program settled upon these ideas based upon market research on local, regional, and national levels that outlined what the current and future workforce requires.

The Low Residency Certificate requires students to take two classes per semester for in the Fall and Spring, and one class in the Summer. At the beginning of each semester, students will be required to attend an in-person, weeklong session at the Ball State University’s Center for Academic and Economic Innovation at Launch Fishers (map).

Classes will take place:

  • Wednesday from 3:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday and Friday from 8:30 – 5:00
  • Saturday from 8:30 – 5:00
  • Sunday from 8:30 – noon

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

Semester 1

  • Courses: EMDD 600 & 620
  • Face-to-Face Interaction: Students will spend one week at the Center for Academic & Economic Innovation campus at the start of the Fall semester. The main goals for this week are to 1) orient them to the EMDD master’s degree program, 2) introduce them to Design Thinking strategies and activities, and 3) explore the process of Contextual Inquiry as it relates to requirements gathering for collaborative design challenges.

Semester 2

  • Courses: EMDD 610 & 630
  • Face-to-Face Interaction: Students will spend one week at the Center for Academic & Economic Innovation campus at the start of the Spring semester. The main goals for this week are to 1) introduce theories and frameworks in Human-Computer Interaction and 2) demonstrate a hands-on application of those concepts that inform the kinds of projects we develop in EMDD.

Semester 3

  • Courses: EMDD 640
  • Face-to-Face Interaction: Students will spend one week at the Center for Academic & Economic Innovation campus at the start of the semester. The main goals for this week are to 1) introduce students to transmedia storytelling concepts and strategies and 2) expose students to a number of existing transmedia or live experiences.

Apply now or contact us for more information about the EMDD Certificate