Interactive Design and Development

Program Overview

The interactive design & media program establishes a strong visual thinking and conceptual skills common to most art and design fields. In advanced courses, you will develop the ability to visualize and produce work for more rich information environments. You will explore complex aspects of time-based interactive design, web-based media, user experience, user interface, game design and mobile communications. You can take additional courses in motion graphics, type motion and animation techniques, in context with rich media experiences including principles of effective story development and how to structure interactive narratives.

During your first two years of study, you will concentrate on developing basic skills necessary for visual literacy in the modern communication landscape. You will learn basic design, typography, strategic planning, electronic imaging, basic coding and navigation, and the principles of hierarchy in communication.

Your final four semesters include a combination of studios designed to develop your ability to complete complex interactive projects, with consideration of social and economic factors as they apply to communication strategies. Elective courses will allow you to study certain areas more extensively, or explore your particular interests.

As part of your final semester, you will complete a culmination capstone course and partner with an outside “client” to plan and produce a major project, many of which have been accepted for use in actual commercial or educational enterprises.

In addition to regular coursework, you will be encouraged to participate in our active internship program, and experience the richness that comes with one of our many study abroad opportunities.


Graduating students are required to demonstrate expertise in software manipulation and code development, an understanding of the social implications of the emerging technologies, and an ability to produce aesthetically pleasing products that can inform and delight while serving the needs of a variety of commercial environments.

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