Interactive Media Courses

I M 113 - Introduction to Interactive Media (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Tools and aesthetics of media production: word processing, photography, audio production, videography. Visual literacy. The desktop computer interface. Desktop publishing, presentation software, multimedia documents. Internet navigation and page production. Credit by examination available.

I M 115 - Introduction to Interactive Media Development (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Introduction to the aspects of development required in multimedia environments. Introduction to fundamentals of life-cycle development, including design, implementation, usability, interactivity, and testing using digital text, image, and sound.

I M 213 - Basic Interactive Media Authoring (4 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Acquisition and computer processing of text, photographs, video and sound files. Incorporation of processed files into documents for computer multimedia. Solving problems in visual and multimedia communications assignments. Theories and cultural effects of visual communication and new media. Prerequisites: IM 113, IM 115 or equivalent experience in computer skills.

I M 215 - Introduction to Scripting Languages (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Introduction to the use of scripting languages in a web-based environment. An overview of current scripting languages such as JavaScript, VBScript, and PERL. Cross-listed as CIS 215. Prerequisite: IM 115, CS 101, or CIS 102.

I M 250 - Introduction to New Media Theory (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Extracts and recombines fundamental aspects of art, communication, rhetorical, and computer theories to describe, explain, and understand new Interactive Media interaction environments. Prerequisite: 12 hours earned.

I M 285 - Introduction to Video for Interactive Media (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Fundamental principles and practices of professional video cameras, microphones, and lights for multimedia production. Interviewing procedures plus aesthetics and visuals. Non-linear editing. Prerequisites: IM 113; sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

I M 313 - Intermediate Interactive Media Authoring (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Interactive design and production using scriptable authoring and animation tools. Problems in interface design. Advanced media creation applications. Virtual reality environments. Prerequisites: IM 213, IM/CIS 215, IM 285; interactive media major or minor, or consent of instructor.

I M 325 - Search Engine Optimization and Analytics (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 344 - Virtual World Building and Research (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 350 - Intellectual Property Law and New Media (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Reviews the creative, social, cultural, and legal contexts and challenges surrounding the protection of intellectual property, intellectual creativity, and creative environments in the commons. Promotes increased appreciation of interrelationships among the roles of law, public policy, economic development, and creativity in interactive media activities. Prerequisite: IM 250 or permission of instructor for non-majors.

I M 365 - Designing for the World Wide Web (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
A studio course exploring typography and visual layout principles of interactive website design. Survey of theory, history, and methods of web design solutions. Discussion of transitional strategies in response to developing technologies. Cross-listed as ART 365. Prerequisites: ART 205, IM 213; or consent of instructor.

I M 385 - Intermediate Video for Interactive Media (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Introduction to High Definition (HD) video and grip essentials. Advanced lighting and cinematography. Enhanced proficiency in non-linear editing. Cross-listed with ART 385. Prerequisite: IM/ART 285.

I M 413 - Advanced Interactive Media Authoring (4 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Problems and solutions of interactive authoring and human interface design. Advanced scripting solutions. Project design in the professional workspace. Prerequisites: IM 313; majors only, or consent of program director.

I M 426 - Interactive Media Portfolio (1 hour)
Gen. Ed.
Preparation of a web-, CD-, or DVD-based portfolio incorporating elements of all significant interactive media work produced during the student's tenure at the university. Includes vita, personal information, and self-assessment. Research into portfolio styles and strategies. Documentation and organization of portfolio materials. Prerequisite: senior status in Interactive Media Program.

I M 443 - Concepting and Storytelling for Animation and Visual Effects (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 444 - Field Research in Virtual Environments (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Conduct of field research via ethnographic methods in virtual, online worlds. Subject protection, data collection (observation, interview, documents), data analysis, written and oral project presentation methods. Prerequisites: junior class standing; IM 333.

I M 450 - Issues in New Media Theory (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Topics course, with varying subjects, examining contemporary issues and problems in new media theory and the interactive media environment. Current topic/title in current schedule of classes. May be repeated three times under different topics. Prerequisites: IM 213, 250, 350; junior standing.

I M 451 - Computer Game Design (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 452 - Computer Game Modification (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 453 - Concepting and Storytelling (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 455 - Computer Graphics (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 456 - Game Engine Programming (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 457 - Digital Animation (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 458 - Sound Design (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 459 - Computer Game Capstone Project (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.

I M 465 - Advanced Web Design (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
A studio course exploring advanced and experimental web design strategies, with an emphasis on extended or applied projects. Discussion focused on the future of the web media and improved human-computer interactions. Topics to include: motion graphics, user response, audio, video, and virtual-reality technologies. Cross-listed as ART 465. Prerequisite: IM/CIS 215, IM/ART 365; or consent of instructor.

I M 471 - Digital Animation II (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Advanced techniques in 3-D design, modeling, animation, and compositing. History and aesthetic development of animation. Principals, languages, and challenges encountered in animation filmmaking. Prerequisite: IM 470.

I M 490 - Independent Study (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Individual scholarly research or advanced creative production investigating aspects of interactive media. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of six hours. Requires application (available from Program Director). Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of program administrator and faculty member.

I M 491 - Special Topics in Interactive Media (1-4 hours)
Gen. Ed.
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of 9 hours credit. Topic and prerequisites stated in current Schedule of Classes. Only three hours may be applied toward IM specialization requirement. Prerequisites: junior standing; 9 hours in IM program core or specialization courses.

I M 513 - Educational Software Design (3 hours)
Gen. Ed.
The design and construction of educational software that is based upon sound educational theory and best practice. Students will become proficient with appropriate multimedia instructional design software in developing their projects. Investigating and applying current theories of learning, instruction, and assessment. Cross-listed as ETE 513. Prerequisites: IM 113; IM 213 or instructor approval.