Interactive Media Design offers students an expansive understanding of the processes and methods involved in designing, creating and evaluating next-generation, technology-based media applications. With its broad, interdisciplinary approach to the fundamentals of interactive media design, and its focus on the studio experience, students will develop creative solutions to complex, real-world problems through cutting edge approaches to design techniques. The official start date for the program is Fall 2013, but students can begin taking related coursework as early as Fall 2012.
Students will experience an immersive, studio‐based learning environment that blends academic theory, digital design techniques, process management approaches, and methods for gathering and analyzing critical metrics. Students will learn to work on projects with subject matter experts across many UW Bothell programs and research areas. The student will be assessed on core dimensions related to media systems design theory, team processes, analytics (qualitative and quantitative), technology management/integration and application to real‐world projects. Students will assemble a media portfolio (required as a part of their on‐going coursework/assessment) that prepares them for their future academic and job‐related goals.
Upon completion of the IMD degree students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a solid understanding of core theories and learn advanced concepts related to the analysis, design, development and implementation of interactive media projects.
- Use contemporary media design tools, technologies, processes and techniques.
- Create a variety of interactive media projects that demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge.
- Focus on methods and approaches for effective team building and productivity.
- Establish specialized knowledge and skills in a student‐defined, media‐related specialty area.
- Experience intense team‐oriented projects that require working with faculty and media design specialists from a variety of disciplines.
- Gain a thorough understanding of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques used throughout the media process.
- Develop a thorough understanding of technology infrastructure and systems required to support next‐generation media projects.
- Practice effective communication techniques – including documentation, project updates, formal presentations to a variety of audiences, and creation of an effective portfolio.