Interactive Media Design is an exciting new field of integrated electronic communications that is becoming an essential part of the business, education, and entertainment industries. The advent of interactive media design has established a regeneration of energy in business that has led to the creation of employment opportunities that require an individual who can combine sound, graphic arts, text, and video/film to enhance the dissemination of information. Compounding this is how the Internet is changing the scope of business today, resulting in the creation of a vast new electronic marketplace where commercial transactions take place in Web-based applications.
The individual interested in this field is one who feels comfortable with and challenged by technology, and who has specialized skills as an artist or technician. Faculty are industry professionals committed to helping students combine their creative abilities with technical skills for entry into the multimedia-related professions of entertainment, publishing, electronic games, education, marketing, corporate communications, and consumer information delivery. Web-based applications present an improved measurability of information effectiveness via click-through, leads, and sales.
By working in classrooms and computer labs, students develop a foundation in drawing and design, image manipulation, multimedia system design, scriptwriting, sound, video, and animation. More complex coursework involves combining animation tools to integrate text, sound, images, animation, and video to complete a project. Students also learn about the structure of electronic games, information design, interactive authoring, computers in animation, and video/teleconferencing.
As an outcome of the program, each student uses all of the skills learned to create an individualized digital portfolio.
Interactive Media Design is a 7-quarter (full-day only) program.