Interactive Media Studies Co-Major

This co-major in interactive media studies (IMS) is an interdisciplinary major that is designed to complement the traditional disciplinary-focused major. A first major is required to subsequently earn this co-major. The co-major includes courses that span across the breadth of Miami University's offerings. From art to the humanities to computer science, the IMS co-major brings the inherently interdisciplinary world of technology to the traditionally disciplinary student.

Following four foundation courses, students must choose three courses from two foundation tracks (making and analyzing). During their third and fourth years, students participate in an advanced track that is either pre-approved or self-designed. Third/fourth year requirements also include IMS 452 and IMS 440/IMS 540.

An application/interview is required for admission. There is a minimum 2.50 GPA requirement. A limited number of students are admitted each year.

For more information, contact the Department of Interactive Media Studies, 203 Laws Hall, 513-529-1637.

Co-major in Interactive Media Studies

(37 semester hours)

Complete a major in one of the divisions of the university.

Second Year: Foundation
ENG/IMS 224Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds3
IMS 201Information Studies in the Digital Age3
IMS 254Design Principles Applied3
IMS 257Web Interaction Programming3
Second and Third Year: Foundation Tracks
Select two courses from one list and one course from the other list:9
Making:
Art and Digital Tools I
The Design of Play
Web and Interaction Design
Building Interactive Objects
Interactive Animation
Advanced 3D Visualization and Simulation
Analyzing:
Narrative and Digital Technology
The Analysis of Play
Information and Data Visualization
Usability and Digital Media Design
Web and Social Media Analytics
Digital Branding
Introduction to Media
Third and Fourth Year: Advanced Track 19
Pre-Approved Tracks:
Select three courses from one of the following tracks:
Game Design:
The Design of Play
Foundations in Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation
Game Design
Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production
Game Development:
Art and Digital Tools I
Introduction to Game Programming
Game Design
Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production
Game Studies:
The Analysis of Play
Games and Learning
Narrative and Digital Technology
Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production
Interactive Business:
Interactive Business Communication
Web and Social Media Analytics
Social Media Marketing and Online Community Management
Digital Branding
Art and Interaction:
Art and Digital Tools I
Foundations in Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation
Select one of the following:
Electronic Music
Music Technologies
Mind and Medium
Web Development and Design:
Web and Interaction Design
Interactive Animation
Usability and Digital Media Design
Advanced Web Design
Animation:
Art and Digital Tools I
Foundations in Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation
Interactive Animation (3IMS/ART 359)
Comparative Media Studies:
Media, Representation, and Society
Media Technology & Culture
Introduction to Comparative Media
Comparative Approaches to Media Studies
Introduction to Video Production
Visualization:
Art and Digital Tools I
Information and Data Visualization
Advanced 3D Visualization and Simulation
Advanced Data Visualization
Third/Fourth Year: Upper-level Requirements
IMS 452Senior Degree Project3
IMS 440/IMS 540Interactive Media Studies Practicum4
Specifically Suggested Electives:
Internship
Design, Perception & Audience
Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking
Humanities and Technology
Total Credit Hours37
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If a track is pre-approved (below) the student can begin the track without advisor approval. If a student would like to design his/her own track from the list of track courses (and/or other courses that might be available throughout the university) the student must meet with his/her assigned advisor and get "sign-off" on the track no later than immediately following completion of the first course in the track. All/any modifications to pre-approved tracks and/or self-designed tracks need to be approved by the Chief Departmental Advisor (CDA) of IMS. IMS 390 and IMS 490/IMS 590/IMS 590 can be used with CDA approval. (Courses from the making and analyzing foundation tracks can also be used in the advanced track, but they must be in addition to those hours - no double-dipping).