Being an interactive media designer requires a passion for technology, an eye for design, and the ability to translate them to the intended audience. Web Design & Interactive Media students have the opportunity to learn to use interactive delivery systems to create effective user experiences by developing usable interfaces with creativity, innovation, user focus, and technical expertise. Students progress through various aspects of graphic design, interface design, media production, information architecture, web and portable device technologies, database design and access, scripting, and production of advanced interactive projects to create a positive interactive user experience while learning to work as a team. Students will be required to develop online portfolios using these technologies to highlight their talents to employers and clients.
Students have the opportunity to learn to use appropriate industry-related technologies to develop interactive communication solutions that are both user friendly and aesthetically pleasing. User-centered design is a central part of the program, which emphasizes both the underlying information architecture and the design of the interface to create a unique and dynamic experience portable across a broad range of platforms that may include broadcast, film, internet, wireless, and games.
In the Bachelor's program, students will be challenged not only with learning programming languages and online technologies but also with growing their creativity and building applications and websites that support original projects. The senior-level classes in the Bachelor's program are specifically designed to enhance conceptual storytelling through interactive projects that are supported through various advanced programming languages. Students in the Bachelor's program are also required to take part in specific classes that will give them a strategic advantage upon entering the industry. These classes are made up of an 11-week, industry-based internship course that will give them real world working experience and two Senior Project courses where they will research, design, and defend a sociologically based topic.
Entry-Level Career Opportunities for Bachelors: Junior/Senior Web Designer, Web Application Developer, Interactive Project Manager, Motion Graphic Artist, Junior Level Programmer, Interactive Producer