The Low Residency M.A. Program (brochure)was designed for working professionals and managers who must learn how to operate in a 21st century business environment, but who do not wish to 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 M.A. Program requires students to take two classes per semester for six semesters (Fall, Spring, 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 & 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. In the second year, students will also engage in bi-monthly group meetings and bi-monthly individual meetings with THES and CRPRJ advisers.

How It Works

Fall 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.

Spring 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.

Summer Semester 3

  • Courses: EMDD 640 & 650
  • 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.

Fall Semester 4

  • Courses: EMDD 660 & 670
  • 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 introduce the EMDD Applied Research and Creative Projects lab plans for the year and get students started on lab projects.

Spring Semester 5

  • Courses: EMDD 670 & THES 698 or CRPRJ 698
  • 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) introduce the Creative Projects Lab prototyping projects and 2) workshop individual thesis and/or creative project plans.

Summer Semester 6

  • Courses: EMDD 660 & THES 698 or CRPRJ 698
  • 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) introduce the Applied Research Lab UI/UX projects and 2) workshop individual theses and/or creative projects.

For more information on the low residency M.A. in EMDD