Interactive & Digital Media

What you’ll learn

  • to design for an experience, conceptualizing your work as interactive, data-driven web content
  • to maximize the efficiency and utility of your creative projects by learning to design for an intended audience
  • to master basic tools such as web development languages, the Adobe Design Suite and version control
  • to evaluate digital media on its effectiveness and to perfect your own designs based on testing, critiquing and prototyping

Courses

Your interactive and digital courses will provide opportunities for hands-on creation. Here are a couple noteworthy experiences to look forward to.

Game Art and Sound

Game Art and Sound focuses on the artistic components of game design. You’ll learn the technical craftsmanship to create audio and visual components for digitally created game environments. The course introduces important concepts in animation, sound editing and nonlinear story writing to help you create compelling and one-of-a-kind games.

Journalism Multimedia Storytelling

Journalism Multimedia Storytelling enhances your reporting skills by emphasizing multimedia storytelling techniques and modes such as podcasting, photo stories, web video and audio slideshows. You’ll learn to work with cameras and audio software to find and tell compelling stories in the most accessible ways possible.

Student work

Description of the video:

 [Video: Background music begins.]

[Video: Multi-colored gear shapes on a white background.]

[Video: Words Appear: Full Steam Ahead.]

Narrator: Science!

[Video: High-pitched, tinkling sound]

Narrator: Technology!

[Video: Ringing]

Narrator: Engineering!

[Video: Metal clanging]

Narrator: Arts!

[Video: piano notes]

Narrator: Mathematics!

[Video: ringing cash register]

Narrator: Full steam ahead!

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Extracurricular opportunities

A student works on the layout of a news article using software and her laptop.

Society for News Design

Student organization

Society for News Design at IU is the student chapter of the Society for News Design, an international organization for visual communicators and news media experts. SND hosts an annual conference, as well as a Best of News Design competition for newspapers and magazines across the globe.

Get involved with SND
Two students interact with a game controller and a laptop at a student club event.

GameDev@IU

Student organization

GameDev@IU is a student-run organization that promotes hands-on experience for students interested in game design. It hosts events such as workshops and game jams, and provides a platform for game development collaboration.

Get involved with GameDev@IU

Careers

The interactive and digital media concentration will give you the tools you need to thrive in any interactive media career path, be it graphic design, multimedia journalism, web design, game development or information architecture.

Larry Buchanan

Try everything. Find the thing you like. And do more of that. Make stuff. Publish. Repeat.

Larry Buchanan, BAJ’11, graphics/multimedia editor at The New York Times