Interactive and Digital Media

Interactive and Digital Media Concentration

Interactive and Digital Media graduates explore and shape the world through code, data, research, design, and storytelling. Students leave the program with a solid grasp of Web and mobile technologies, powerful design skills, and an appreciation of the context in which digital media storytelling is created. The concentration prepares students to work in teams to produce comprehensive, ready-for-online-publication media artifacts that include online applications with original graphics, photos and video, and interactive data-driven visualization for use by commercial and non-profit organizations.
Students will be able to

  • design and visualize their creative work as interactive, data-driven documents on the Web platform. (Designing for an experience)
  • master principles of audience-centered design to maximize the impact and utility of their creative projects. (Creative Inquiry and Civic Engagement)
  • work in (or contribute to) creative teams effectively. They will be able to speak intelligently to colleagues with other areas of expertise, and to constructively critique the work of others. (Teamwork)
  • demonstrate familiarity with basic tools (for example, Web development languages, version control, Adobe Design Suite), be able to solve technical problems and know how and where to seek information for emerging tools and technologies. (Technical Skills)
  • evaluate the usability of digital media and adjust their designs based on A/B testing, prototyping, critiquing & play testing. (Data-Driven Evaluation)

Interactive and Digital Media Concentration Requirements

Many concentration courses have prerequisites. Be sure to take those into consideration when selecting a concentration and planning the degree.

Courses required for the Interactive and Digital Media (IDM) concentration emphasize four key components: Web platform, design, data, and programming. Students interested in the IDM concentration must complete MSCH-C 226 Visual Communication to fulfill the Making Media core requirement.

1. Complete at least 16 credit hours, including at least 9 credit hours at the 300–400 level, divided as follows:

a. Two (2) courses selected from the following:

MSCH-J 360 Journalism Specialties (Approved topic: Web Design)

(1-4 cr.)

Topical course dealing with changing subjects and material from term to term. May be repeated for credit with different topics in J360 and JOUR-J 360.

MSCH-G 320 Game Art and Sound

(3 cr.)

A general introduction to concepts, techniques, and tools for creating audio, visual, and narrative assets used in computer games and digitally mediated environments, including sound editing and synthesis, frame-based and procedural animation, and non-linear story writing. Students will create original sounds, write and edit computer code, and author multiform narratives while studying their roles in emerging and complex systems. Credit given for only one of MSCH-G 320 or TEL-T 284.

INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I

(4 cr.)

P: INFO-I 201. The software architecture of information systems. Basic concepts of systems and applications programming.

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b. Complete each of the following Digital Media Production courses (3 courses):

MSCH-J 463 Graphic Design I

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210. This design course incorporates electronic photo editing, graphics, and page design. Students are instructed in design theory, computer publishing skills, and creative problem solving. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 463 or JOUR-J 463.

MSCH-J 362 Journalism Multimedia Storytelling

(3 cr.)

P: At least sophomore standing and MSCH-C 226 or JOUR-J 210 with a grade of C- or higher; or permission of instructor. Hands-on experiences in reporting, editing and presenting stories in images, sound and spoken word. Goes beyond basic skills with advanced cameras and software. Create projects including Podcast, Audio slideshow, web video, and Portfolio website to display projects. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 362 or JOUR-J 362.

INFO-I 211 Information Infrastructure II

(4 cr.)

P: INFO-I 210 or CSCI-C 211. The systems architecture of distributed applications. Advanced programming, including an introduction to the programming of graphical systems.

2. Specialization restrictions:

See The Media School Bulletin for complete details.

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