Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Experience Design overview
The professional Master of Fine Arts degree in experience design provides students with hands-on experience and knowledge for careers in the destination, attraction and event design industries.
Students work alongside experience design professionals who work for companies and on projects such as Sea World, NASA, Space Museum, Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, Disney’s Magic Kingdom Castle and more. This ensures the students gain expert knowledge while networking with esteemed professionals.
Experience Design Curriculum
Students must complete a total of 54 credit hours and the generation of a comprehensive design portfolio. The curriculum breaks down into the following 7 categories: Collaboratories in Experience Design (6 credits), Design Ateliers (9 credits), Topics in Design Practice (6 credits), Theory Seminars (9 credits), The Experience Design Center (6 credits), Professional Portfolio (12 credits), Electives of choice (6 credits).
Students learn under the direct guidance of CU faculty and professionals in the field. As a result of this industry involvement, graduates are prepared to enter the field of experiential design.
CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for professional master's graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.
"The potential for jobs in the field of experience design is tremendous. There is a huge diversity of opportunity for people interested in getting into the industry."
Dave Cooperstein, Current Student
Degrees & Awards
Entrance Exam GRE General Test (MA)
Comp Exam Required
|Master's Degree Exam||GRE General Test (MA)|
|Master's Degree Requirements||Audition (MFA), minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75|
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Application deadlines for financial awards||February 15|
|Types of financial support available||
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||5.88%|
|White or Caucasian||58%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||Not Reported|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||Not Reported|
|Two or more races||2.94%|
|Focus of faculty research:||Performing arts; dramatic/theatre arts; dance; drama; arts/humanities/cultural activities|
|Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:||0|