Interactive Media

FACULTY Professor Rowe; Associate Professors Ferolo (chair), Lamoureux; Assistant Professor McGill; Temporary Instructor Cavanah.

The Interactive Media program offers a major in Interactive Media with concentrations in Animation and Visual Effects, Game Design, and Web and Application Design. Minors in Game Design (open only to Computer Science and Computer Information Systems majors) and Interactive Media are also available.

Mission

Bradley University’s Interactive Media Program prepares its learners to be critical thinkers in a continually evolving field that requires interdisciplinary, theoretical, and application knowledge in the design, development, and production of interactive media.

The Department of Interactive Media at Bradley University maintains a strong focus on creative and conceptual problem solving in the authoring of material for aspiring new-media professionals within a sound theoretical framework. Students will learn the importance of content research and project planning while becoming familiar with aesthetic conventions and the production environment within each of the component media types. Interactive Media majors and minors incorporate the various media items into stand-alone projects with authoring tools designed for the Internet and modern media devices.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bradley students transferring into the program must have a 2.25 grade point average for at least 12 hours of course work in order to declare a major and/or minor in the Interactive Media Program.
  2. Students transferring from other institutions must have a 2.25 overall grade point average to be admitted to a major and/or minor in the department. External transfer students not having a 2.25 overall grade point average must earn a 2.25 at Bradley for at least 12 hours of course work before declaring a major and/or minor in the program. Courses taken at other institutions must be evaluated by the Admissions Office and then by the programs’ advisor for transfer students.
  3. Current Bradley students and external transfer students who meet program admission requirements and who wish to change to or add an Interactive Media major must first meet with the program chair for an initial academic advisement session.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Students must earn a C or better in every core course.
  2. Students may not enroll in Interactive Media courses for which a core course is a prerequisite unless they have earned a C or better in the core course.
  3. For graduation, all program majors must have a grade point average of 2.25 for all courses taken in the major and/or minor (including courses outside the program required for the major).
  4. Program majors and/or minors may not apply a course to more than one Interactive Media program requirement, with the exception of IM 450 and IM 491.

Interactive Media Major

Interactive Media Major Core (25 hours)

A grade of “C” or better is required in each of these courses for graduation as an Interactive Media Major.

  • IM 113 Introduction to Interactive Media - 3 hrs.
  • IM 115 Introduction to Interactive Media Development - 3 hrs.
  • IM 213 Basic Interactive Media Authoring - 4 hrs.
  • IM 215 Introduction to Scripting Languages - 3 hrs.
  • IM 250 Introduction to New Media Theory - 3 hrs.
  • IM 285 Introduction to Video for Interactive Media - 3 hrs.
  • ART 105 Two-Dimensional Design - 3 hrs.
  • ART 205 Typographic Design - 3 hrs.

Other Interactive Media Major Requirements (16 hours)

  • IM 313 Intermediate Interactive Media Authoring - 3 hrs.
  • IM 350 Intellectual Property Law and New Media - 3 hrs.
  • IM 365 Designing for the World Wide Web - 3 hrs.
  • IM 385 Intermediate Video for Interactive Media - 3 hrs.
  • IM 426 Interactive Media Portfolio - 1 hr.
  • IM 450 Issues in New Media Theory - 3 hrs.

Concentrations (15-16 hours)

Select one of the following concentrations:

Animation and Visual Effects (16 hours)

  • IM 413 Advanced Multimedia Authoring - 4 hrs.
  • IM 443 Concepting and Storytelling for Animation and Visual Effects - 3 hrs.
  • IM 457 Digital Animation - 3 hrs.
  • IM 458 Sound Design - 3 hrs.
  • IM 471 Digital Animation II - 3 hrs.

Game Design (15 hours)

  • IM 451 Computer Game Design - 3 hrs.
  • IM 453 Concepting and Storytelling for Game Design - 3 hrs.
  • IM 459 Computer Game Capstone Project - 3 hrs.
  • Choose 2 of the following courses (6 hours total):
    • IM 452 Computer Game Modification - 3 hrs.
    • IM 455 Computer Graphics - 3 hrs.
    • IM 456 Game Engine Programming - 3 hrs.
    • IM 457 Digital Animation - 3 hrs.
    • IM 458 Sound Design - 3 hrs.

Web and Application Design (16 hours)

  • IM 325 Search Engine Optimization and Analytics - 3 hrs.
  • IM 344 Virtual World Building and Research - 3 hrs.
  • IM 413 Advanced Multimedia Authoring - 4 hrs.
  • IM 463 Concepting and Storytelling for Web and Application Design - 3 hrs.
  • IM 465 Advanced Web Design - 3 hrs.

Total Hours : 56-57

Game Design Minor

The 24-hour Game Design minor is only open to Computer Science and Computer Information Systems majors. The following courses are required for the minor:

  • IM 113 Introduction to Interactive Media - 3 hrs.
  • IM 285 Introduction to Video for Interactive Media - 3 hrs.
  • ART 240 Design History Survey - 3 hrs.
  • IM 451 Computer Game Design - 3 hrs.
  • IM 453 Concepting and Storytelling for Game Design - 3 hrs.
  • IM 459 Computer Game Capstone Project - 3 hrs.
  • Choose 2 of the following courses (6 hours total):
    • IM 452 Computer Game Modification - 3 hrs.
    • IM 455 Computer Graphics - 3 hrs.
    • IM 456 Game Engine Programming - 3 hrs.
    • IM 457 Digital Animation - 3 hrs.
    • IM 458 Sound Design - 3 hrs.

Interactive Media Minor

The Interactive Media minor is a 21-semester-hour program consisting of courses that provide an overview of skills in Interactive Media. The minor can be applied to a variety of major programs of study. Coursework will be selected in consultation with advisor. The following courses are required for the minor:

Authoring (9 hours)

  • IM 113 Introduction to Interactive Media - 3 hrs.
  • IM 285 Introduction to Video for Interactive Media - 3 hrs.
  • ART 205 Typographic Design - 3 hrs.
  • Theory (3 hours) (Choose one):
    • IM 250 Introduction to New Media Theory - 3 hrs.
    • IM 350 Intellectual Property Law and New Media - 3 hrs.

Electives (9 hours)

Interactive Media courses, with a minimum of six hours at the 300-level or higher



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