Emerson’s Media Design program prepares you for a career improving the world through art, media, technology, and civic engagement. 

Our students have partnered with local and global organizations such as the Red Cross, UNDP, the City of Boston, the City of Portland, Maine, and iCivics to learn how to use art and design to support stronger, more inclusive communities. This design-oriented program will teach you how to engage with different populations through dynamic design interventions.

Examples of previous student projects have included an app that helped marginalized youth build confidence about their futures by identifying people in their support systems, journaling, and more. 

Another project focused on the shrinking footprint of newspapers. Students created a localized digital platform that allowed readers to submit their own news stories to ensure communities that are left without local media resources are able to stay connected. Learn more about our students.

Program highlights:

  • Learn art and design skills that can be applied to advancing social justice
  • Explore human-centered design, user experience design, and participatory design 
  • Learn foundational art and design skills to support
  • Prepare for design careers in industries such as nonprofit, corporate, government, design firms, technology, and beyond
  • Access to Emerson’s renowned Engagement Lab
  • Opportunity to teach and study at Salzburg Media Academy
  • 1 or 2-year program options available  
  • Hybrid learning with classes offered online and in-person
  • Night and evening classes available to fit your schedule
  • No GRE requirements to apply

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Upcoming Events

Graduate Open House

November 3, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT

Attend our Graduate Admission Fall Open House! Join us for the opportunity to visit our Downtown Boston campus, meet current students and faculty, and learn more about Emerson's graduate programs and community resources. We hope to see you there!

Student Testimonials

Learn more about Emerson's Media Design MA from a current graduate student.