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Interactive Media Design Degree Program

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Major Area Course Descriptions

COMM 335 - COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS AND TEAMS

The course examines current theories and best practices of working collaboratively in professional contexts. Students apply these concepts to analyze their own work experience, generating strategies for how to improve their performance in work groups. Students will learn basic project management skills and work in online virtual teams to complete a final communication project.

COMP 325 - HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION

This course covers a broad range of important topics within human computer interaction (HCI) and its implications for the design of interactive systems. By understanding the user?s viewpoint and technology?s effect on people, we can better plan for the selection, design, implementation, and use of technology so that the effects are positive rather than negative. The focus is on the design of interactive systems and human-computer interfaces. The course will cover the current literature and the knowns and unknowns about HCI and design. The design process is centered on the user and is based on a multidisciplinary approach through a synthesis of computer science, cognitive science, and psychology. HCI designers also use analytical and empirical techniques to assess, predict, and evaluate whether a design meets user requirements.

GRPH 310 - ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN

In this course students will apply the fundamentals covered in Fundamentals of Graphic Design (DCOM/GRPH 210). A strong focus is placed on preparing students to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences through graphic design. Students will learn to apply these principles using traditional methods supported by computer technology.

IMD 400 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA FOR TRAINING ANDyINSTRUCTION

This upper-level Interactive Media Design course provides practical application and experience in the creation of digitally mediated communication for training and instructional purposes. Students work individually and within teams to produce professional quality media used for interactive training and instruction. The course provides hands-on experience in conducting a training needs analysis, followed by the design of a suitable innovation, and ending with the implementation of a solution. Students use computer software and technology to present text, graphics, video, audio, and animation in an integrated way to produce interactive training and instruction.

IMD 430 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA FOR ENTERTAINMENT

This upper-level Interactive Media Design course provides practical application and experience in the creation of digitally mediated communication for entertainment. Students work individually and within design teams, filling the necessary roles to produce professional quality entertainment media. The course provides hands-on experience conducting a needs analysis, followed by the design of a suitable innovation, and ending with the implementation of a solution. Students use computer software and technology to present text, graphics, video, audio, and animation in an integrated environment that produces an interactive and engaging media product.

IMD 450 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA FOR ADVERTISING

This upper-level Interactive Media Design course provides practical application and experience in the creation of digitally mediated communication for advertising purposes. The course provides students with the knowledge and experience to design interactive media used in advertising to satisfy marketing objectives. The course provides hands-on experience conducting a needs analysis, followed by the design of a suitable advertising innovation, and ending with the implementation of a solution. Students utilize computer software and technology to present text, graphics, video, audio, and animation in an integrated way to produce interactive marketing materials.

IMD 490 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA DESIGN PRACTICUM

In this course, students create interactive media products for actual clients, thus gaining the most practical experience possible in an education setting. The practicum is organized like an actual design firm with the instructor as the organizational leader and students filling different roles in the organization. Students are placed in design teams based on their experience and talents. Within the teams, they collaborate to design and develop solutions to practical problems that require interactive media solutions. These problems may be training, marketing, or entertainment oriented or a combination of all three.

IMD 495 - INTERACTIVE MEDIA DESIGN CAPSTONE

This is the final course in the Interactive Media Design major. Students at this level have completed all of the instructional elements of the curriculum. The capstone prepares students to find employment in the interactive media industry. The course completes the practicum sequence, requiring students to take on management roles in the assigned projects. In addition, students will assemble their portfolios and prepare for final presentations. Finally, they will present their work and receive feedback, preparing them for the interview process.

MIS 320 - TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

This course will prepare students for the bi-directional technical communication demands specific to computer and information systems. Topics include technical research methods and approaches, critical analysis of technical documents, synthesis of data, information and knowledge gained through research and critical analysis, creation of accurate technical documents, and effective delivery of technical material via oral presentations supported by visual media.

The above list of courses only represents a portion of the courses required for a bachelor's degree. View the bachelor's degree full curriculum.

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