M.S. in Interactive Design and Media

Program Overview

The curriculum in interactive design & media features a foundation based on establishing 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 and mobile communications. Additional emphasis can be placed on motion graphics, type motion and animation techniques, with classes on the principles of effective story development and how to structure interactive narratives.

In your first term, you will be engaged in a comprehensive course which establishes the essentials of interactive design while building tight bonds to fellow students in a collaborative working environment. Since each accepted student has a diversely different background, this course serves to equalize skills and establish expectations within the program. Throughout the term, you will produce a portfolio quality project demonstrating a core skillset that will be reinforced and expanded through the following 4 terms.

In the following two semesters, you will explore concepts of user experience design both in screen-based devices as well as more industrial input/output applications. Visual design and programming skillsets are expanded upon through supporting class materials. These semesters include a combination of required studios designed to develop your ability to complete complex interactive projects, with consideration of social and economic factors as they apply to communication strategies.

In your final semester, your capstone research project will allow you to synthesize all previous knowledge and skills to develop a final working prototype of a product, service, entertainment or publication of your choice. This project must demonstrate marketability and/or successful functionality within the larger community. This will prepare you to enter the rapidly expanding field of interactive design by closely emulating the professional interactive design environment, while providing an excellent resume and portfolio expanding piece.


As a graduate, you are required to demonstrate thought leadership in design. This is determined by a demonstration of 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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