Degrees Offered: B. F. A Visual Communication; B. S. Computer Graphics Technology, Informatics, Media Arts and Science; M. F. A. Visual Communication Design; M. S. Media Arts and Science
Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $5,808, nonresidents $19,032; graduate residents $12,432, nonresidents $21,696 for the 2010 – 2011 school year.
420 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Scope of Program:
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, known locally as IUPUI, offers a wide array of programs for students interested in media arts and computer graphics. Undergraduates in the Visual Communication program take courses in drawing, 2D and 3D design, color concepts, image and type, design methods and professional practice. Students must pass a portfolio review after completion of foundation courses and 9 credit hours in studio. Seniors complete a capstone project. Computer Graphics Technology students take core courses in design for visual and communication, sketching, illustration and raster and vector imaging, then choose either the Interactive Multimedia Developer track or the Technical Animation and Spatial Graphics track.
Informatics undergraduates may select Media Arts and Science as their cognate (area of specialization). All students take core courses in social informatics, human – computer interaction and information infrastructure. Media Arts and Science cognate students focus on 3D graphics, multimedia storytelling, web design and development, gaming and video and audio production. Students complete a capstone project and create a portfolio. Students in the undergraduate Media Arts and Science program take core courses in new media authoring tools, digital imaging and storytelling, Java, XML and web programming, then choose one or more specialty areas. Specialty areas include Audio, Design and Development, 3D Graphics, Gaming, Programming, Storytelling Fundamentals, Video and 21st Century Workplace Skills.
Master's degree candidates in Visual Communication concentrate on design thinking, design prototyping, tools and technology for design analysis and cross-discipline collaborative action. Students complete a thesis. Media Arts and Science candidates focus on digital media application design, digital production and multimedia technology. They may choose to specialize in Integrated Media or 3D Animation and Gaming, or create their own specialty area. All students complete a thesis project.
All Informatics and Media Arts and Science students must purchase a laptop computer. They may apply to their respective undergraduate programs after completing 12 credit hours of coursework. M. F. A. and M. S. program applicants must submit a portfolio. Scholarships, including portfolio scholarships, are available. Many are restricted to residents of Indiana.