Interactive Media Design Curriculum


The Interactive Media Design program has been permanently suspended and no longer accepts applications for admission. Students currently in the major are not affected. Contact the IMD academic advisor if you have questions.

This page contains information on the curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media Design (IMD).

Course descriptions

Follow the links below for descriptions of each course. The IMD major uses courses mostly from the “B IMD” prefix, but many students also take “CSS” courses as well.

  • Locative Media Art
  • Social Justice Design
  • Human Centered Design
  • Feminist, Queer, and Critical Race Theory
  • Java Script, HTML, CSS and Content Management Systems
  • Geolocation
  • New Media Art
  • Hacktivism
  • Tactical Media
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Project Development
  • Lifecycle Models
  • Waterfall / Agile / Iteration
  • Project Management Backlogs
  • Personas, User stories
  • HTML, Java Script, PHP
  • Use Cases Diagrams
  • Wireframes and Storyboards
  • Media Production
  • Video Prototyping
  • Iterative Design Process
  • Interaction / Context /
  • Environment / Experiences
  • Non-linear Storytelling
  • Storyboarding
  • Media Art + Time + Technology
  • Visual Design
  • Creative Coding
  • Algorithmic literacy
  • Typography
  • Color
  • Motion
  • Interaction
  • Digital Performance Art
  • Physical Computing
  • Human Centered Design
  • Feminist + Queer Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Design for Difference
  • Community-Based Design
  • Contestational Robotics
  • UX Design
  • Cultural Probes
  • Research Methods
  • Paper Prototyping
  • Participatory Design
  • Research in Design
  • Critical Global Issues
  • Human Centered Design
  • Access and Disability
  • Project Management
  • Backlogs
  • Risk Management
  • Motivation Theories
  • Quality Assurance
  • Human Centered Design
  • Portfolio Project
  • Senior Year Ideation Research
  • Build UX Evalulation
  • Create Art Project
  • Polish
  • Validate
  • Present
  • Exhibit

Important planning notes

  • You must earn a minimum of 180 credits to complete a degree from UW Bothell.
  • All core courses required for this degree (not including general education courses or electives) must be passed with a minimum grade of 2.0 or higher.

Entry prerequisites

The IMD major is no longer accepting applicants.

General education requirements

All UW students must complete a common set of general education requirements. As an IMD major, make sure to plan for completion of the following:

  1. English Composition (C) – 5 credits
  2. Additional Writing (W) – 10 credits
  3. Reasoning (RSN) – 5 credits
  4. Diversity (DIV) – 5 credits (almost always also fulfills A&H or SSc; was only 3 credits prior to autumn 2023)
  5. Areas of Inquiry (45 credits; these courses cannot overlap with each other)
    • Arts & Humanities (A&H) – 15 credits
    • Natural Sciences (NSc) – 15 credits
    • Social Sciences (SSc) – 15 credits

Core courses

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 481 Integrative Studio I (5)B IMD 362 Studio Elements II – Practicum (5)B IMD 363 Studio Elements III – Practicum (5)

Integrative Studio Sequence, Year Two

B IMD 491 Integrative Studio I – Practicum (5)B IMD 482 Integrative Studio II (5)B IMD 483 Integrative Studio III (5)
B IMD 492 Integrative Studio II – Practicum (5)B IMD 493 Integrative Studio III – Practicum (5)

Elective courses

IMD Electives can be fulfilled by courses that fulfill the following criteria:

  • 300-level or higher
  • Not already required for your major
  • May be from any subject area

Many students select elective courses that can be used towards a minor degree.

Special projects

If you want to do an Independent Study (BIMD 498) or Undergraduate Research (BIMD 499) project, please complete these steps:

  1. Talk with a faculty member who will work with you and sponsor your project as soon as possible, at least one month before the quarter begins. Discuss which proposal/contract (498 or 499) you will fill out together.
  2. Meet with the IMD Academic Advisor to learn about how this fits in with your major requirements and for the registration request form.


Design-related courses that are not included on the core or elective requirements lists are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have a syllabus, letter from the instructor, or other detailed description for the class you want to use as an elective, contact the IMD advisor to discuss and gain access to the petition form.