New experience design degree approved by Board of Regents, other degrees updated

February 18, 2016

Following unanimous vote today of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Theatre & Dance will begin preparations to offer a new degree: a Masters of Fine Arts in Experience Design.

Experience Design is a term originated by professionals in the destination/attraction/event design industry. Experience designers create site and event-based interactive experiences for the public (e.g., museums, theme parks, zoos, aquariums, exhibits, etc.). These experiences tend to be immersive, having an impact on the senses, mind, body and spirit of attendees.

“Besides employment preparation, other goals of the program include engaging students from many backgrounds to new ways of seeing the reality around them, new ways of knowing their culture, new ways of creating, of resolving problems, and expressing ideas. In other words, they will be learning new ways of telling stories,” said Bud Coleman, chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance. “Essentially, it is a course of study in using a new language.”

The board also approved by consent agenda the following items:

  • The name change from the School of Education Graduate Degree in Education-Educational/Psychological Studies to Education-Learning Sciences and Human Development
  • That the School of Education Social, Multicultural, & Bilingual Foundations graduate degree program be separated into two approved programs with the following names: Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity, and Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice
  • To split the current Master of Science Engineering Degree into a traditional Master of Science Degree and a professional Master of Science Degree
  • The separation of the current Master of Science Engineering degree into a traditional Master of Science Degree and a professional Master of Science Degree in the following Engineering sub-disciplines: Architectural Engineering, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Telecommunications
  • To split the Masters of Science in Business Administration degree into four distinct degrees specifying the area of study as Accounting, Taxation, Finance and Business Analytics.