Interactive Media Design (IMD)

  1. Interactive Media Design
  2. Major Requirements
  3. Learning Objectives

Interactive Media Design (IMD) provides students with an expansive understanding of the processes and methods involved in conceiving, creating, and evaluating technology-mediated experiences. IMD students create media products ranging from video and immersive artworks to web-based and platform-specific apps while working in collaboration with their peers. With its interdisciplinary approach to interaction design and emphasis on studio practice, IMD enables students to develop creative solutions to complex problems. The two-year curriculum, grounded in an intensive cohort‐based learning environment, blends academic theory, human-centered design, artistic technique, process management approaches, and methods for gathering and analyzing critical metrics.   

IMD majors graduate with a design portfolio that prepares them for careers in the arts and industry, as well as for graduate study.  They are uniquely qualified to provide leadership across employment sectors concerned with interaction design in education, engineering, art, science, social media, and other forms of digital interactivity.

The first IMD graduating cohort (2015)

Major Requirements

Prerequisites (20 credits)

See our Admissions page for details about the IMD pre-requisite courses.

Major Requirements (75 credits)

IMD Core (55 credits)

Studio Elements Sequence, Year One




B IMD 351 Studio Elements I (5)

B IMD 352 Studio Elements II (5)

B IMD 353 Studio Elements III (5)


B IMD 362 Studio Elements II –Practicum (5)

B IMD 363 Studio Elements III – Practicum (5)

Integrative Studio Sequence, Year Two




B IMD 481 Integrative Studio I (5)

B IMD 482 Integrative Studio II (5)

B IMD 483 Integrative Studio III (5)

B IMD 491 Integrative Studio I – Practicum (5)

B IMD 492 Integrative Studio II – Practicum (5)

B IMD 493 Integrative Studio III – Practicum (5)

A minimum 2.0 grade is required in each IMD Core course.

Upper Division Electives (20 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of 20 credits of 300-400 level coursework beyond the IMD Core Courses.

A minimum 2.0 cum gpa is required in all courses applied to the major.

Interactive Media Design Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the IMD degree students will be able to:

  • Understand and engage critically with theories and concepts related to the analysis, design, development, and implementation of interactive media experiences.
  • Work with the technological infrastructure and systems required to support interactive media.
  • Create interactive media experiences tailored to specific audiences and objectives.
  • Use quantitative and qualitative methods to assess interactive media.
  • Write and communicate clearly at all stages of project design and implementation.
  • Collaborate effectively, creatively, and productively on diverse work teams.