The Master of Science in Design and Merchandising, option in Digital Design, engages
students in theoretical frameworks, methods and critical media practice related to
computational, interactive media focusing on design. Through rigorous creative and
research projects, the program prepares students for continued study in a PhD program
or industry employment. Working closely with an innovative faculty and technology
at OSU, students will employ emerging technologies to communicate interactive narratives
and experiences, while also producing cutting-edge research in Design.
All coursework for the degree can be taken in-person or online, offering flexibility
for busy adults who do not have time to attend on-campus classes. Your adviser will
guide you through the process from admission to graduation.
The degree requires completion of 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours. A research
thesis is not required and you can opt for a creative component that engages students
in a unique, culminating project guided by an instructor. Courses are offered in spring,
summer and fall and most students complete the program in two years.
For undergraduate students enrolled in the Design and Merchandising department, A
4+1 option gives students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree
in five years.
Our industry-based hybrid (online and onsite) curricula is taught by nationally recognized
faculty in fully equipped design studios and Virtual Reality computer labs. The design
thesis option is based on the creation of original work that represents processes
of experimental design.
Course topics for the master’s degree include:
Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications in Design and Merchandising
Advanced Digital Design Communication
Topics in Building Information Modeling
Theories of Creative Process in Design and Merchandising