Department of Visual & Media Arts

Interactive Media

The specialization in Interactive Media provides students with the opportunity to produce creative and professional-quality interactive works. While the emphasis in the specialization will be on production, students will encounter various concepts of digital interactive media. Introducing web design, non-linear narrative structure, databases, and user-defined functions, students utilize technology to make innovative, artistic pieces for DVD, CD-ROM, and the web. Students pursuing an Interactive Media specialization are encouraged to look into the ProArts Consortium at

Credits: 44 for BA, 60 for BFA (both degrees also include 8 additional upper-level liberal arts credits)

I. Visual and Media Arts Foundations (12 credits)

The Visual and Media Arts Foundations offer students a broad theoretical, historical, and practical introduction to the visual and media arts.

Required Courses

VM 100 History of Media Arts I
VM 101 History of Media Arts II

one of the Following:

VM 102 Dimensions of Creativity
VM 120 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Production

II. Introduction to Disciplines (16 credits minimum)

At the Introduction to Disciplines level, students explore one or more of the department’s main discipline areas.

Required Courses

VM 200 Media Criticism and Theory
VM 260 Introduction to Interactive Media

At least one of the following:

VM 202 Critical Listening
VM 220 Writing the Short Subject
VM 221 Writing the Feature Film
VM 222 Writing for Television

At least one of the following:

VM 204 Topics in Media Arts: Practice
VM 230 Introduction to Film Production
VM 231 Intermediate Film Production
VM 240 Introduction to Video Field Production
VM 241 Introduction to Studio Television Production
VM 250 Introduction to Sound Principles and Audio Production
VM 251 Location Sound Recording
VM 261 Computer Animation
VM 331 Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice

III. Specializations

Required Courses

VM 375 Advanced Interactive Media

At least one of the following:

VM 261 Computer Animation
VM 351 Audio for New Media
VM 362 Motion Graphics
VM 363 Advanced Computer Animation
VM 463 Graphic Design for Digital Media
VM 464 Programming for Digital Media
VM 470 Advanced New Media Projects

At least one of the following:

VM 303 Studies in Digital Media and Culture
VM 401 Aesthetics and History of New Media

At least one of the following:

VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics
VM 409 Seminar in Western Art
VM 410 Seminar in Non-Western Art

In addition to the General Education and major requirements, all students are required to complete at least two courses at the 300 or 400 level from the following Liberal Arts areas:

  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ethics, Philosophy, or Religion
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • TH 304, 313, 315
  • VM 315, 409, 410

Recommended Electives

VM 424 Interactive Storytelling
Additional Art History Courses

Advanced Visual and Media Arts Workshop

Students may apply to take the Advanced Visual and Media Arts Workshop. Two semesters are mandatory for BFA. Optional for BA.

For specific course prerequisites, please consult the Undergraduate Catalogue.

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