What Coursework is Included in a Typical Interactive Arts & Media Program? ACR Takes a Look.
|3D Composition for Interactive Media|
|Authoring Interactive Media|
|Computer Controlled Installation Environments|
|Digital Media Production|
|Game Art and Sound|
|Journalism Multimedia Storytelling|
|Mathematical Foundations of Informatics|
|Media Reporting in a Global World|
|Media Theory and Design|
|Object Oriented Programming|
|The Videogame Industry: Systems and Management|
|Web and Mobile Design|
What is Interactive Arts & Media?
Indiana University Bloomington says students pursuing a degree in interactive arts & media will explore the intersection of design, media, technology and the web. They will discover the world through code, data, research, design, and storytelling as they learn how to apply technology to the questions posed by journalists, provide a framework and distribution model for game designers and filmmakers, and produce an interactive presentation tool for graphic designers and media communicators
The coursework gives students a solid grasp of web and mobile technologies. Students will develop robust design skills, with an appreciation for the context involved in the creation of digital media storytelling. The goal is to generate products in which the technology and the message reinforce each other.
What are the Types of Courses for Interactive Arts & Media Programs?
The types of courses offered for interactive arts & media programs will vary by program. Many programs offer specializations as well as the opportunity to choose from dozens of advanced-level electives to enhance or refine the degree. The following are course examples from some of the top interactive arts & media programs.
- 2D Imaging
- 3D Composition for Interactive Media
- Advanced Interfaces
- Authoring Interactive Media
- Computer Controlled Installation Environments
- Digital Image Design
- Digital Media Culture
- Digital Media Production
- Game Art and Sound
- Game Production
- Graphic Design
- Information Infrastructure
- Journalism Multimedia Storytelling
- Mathematical Foundations of Informatics
- Media in the Global Context
- Media Reporting in a Global World
- Media Theory and Design
- Navigational Interfaces
- Object Oriented Programming
- Sound and Motion Production
- Sports, Media and Society
- The Videogame Industry: Systems and Management
- Web and Mobile Design
During the last year of the interactive arts & media program, students will complete a creative project or portfolio of their best work. Common creative projects include interactive installations, media for mobile devices, virtual worlds, and web pages. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an internship program. Because interactive arts & media internships are competitive, students typically need a 3.00 GPA or higher, exceptional creative samples, and several recommendation letters for consideration.
What Can I Do With a Degree in Interactive Arts & Media?
Graduates of interactive arts & media programs find jobs in advertising, animation, broadcasting, communications, game design and development, magazine and newspaper production, online/multimedia/film production, graphic design, education, entertainment, public relations, and web design. They work for startups, entrepreneurs, political groups, nonprofit organizations, and businesses of all sizes.