Interactive Media Studies- Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media Studies

For information, contact the Interactive Media Studies program, 203 Laws Hall (513-529-1637) or see http://aims.miamioh.edu.

The BA in Interactive Media Studies (IMS) is an interdisciplinary degree designed to provide depth in theory and practice of interactive & digital design, development, innovation, and disruption. Grounded in Miami University’s tradition of liberal education, the BA in IMS represents the liberal arts of the 21st Century, providing a foundation in information and digital literacy, from multimedia authorship/critical theory to digital and social media marketing, from app development to code-based art, from game studies to user-experience design, and more. This grounding is then complemented with a focused area of depth in one of many areas of scholarly interest in IMS.

Students apply directly to the major in Interactive Media Studies. At the end of the first-year, students must have a 2.50 GPA and a formal admission interview to continue in the program. There is no portfolio requirement.

The BA in IMS has four pillars: a foundation, depth in making and analyzing, an advanced track, and then a set of experiences that cap the major, including a thesis, internship, and culminating course.

Foundation – These courses provide a common language, skill base, and theoretical foundation in digital writing, information literacy, programming, and design.

Making and Analyzing – It is important for IMS students to be equally as knowledgeable in making digital product as they are in critically evaluating and strategically using it. Students are required to take three courses from a list of "making courses" and three courses from a list of "analyzing courses"

Advanced Track – All IMS students work with an advisor to propose a set of courses to determine the "advanced track". This track is a list of courses that thematically explore the student’s interest more deeply Students propose a track or explain how they are using an existing track, as part of the "IMS Colloquium", that occurs once each semester. At the IMS Colloquium, the student briefly presents both their list of courses and rationale. Students receive feedback on the plan, which is then finalized in consultation with the IMS advisor, who signs off on the plan.

Upper-Level Requirements – In the final semesters IMS students are required to participate in several different experiential learning opportunities. These include a project management course, a required internship (which can take place over the summer or during the school year), participation in Armstrong Interactive, the IMS client-based capstone, where students work on a project from an external client as part of an interdisciplinary team, as well as a senior thesis, where, in concert with their advisor, the students will develop and ultimately present a completed undergraduate thesis of scholarly/creative merit.

Program Requirements

(54 Credit Hours in the Major)

IMS Major Foundation: Take all four courses, 12 hours total

ENG/IMS 224 Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds (3)

IMS 201 Information Studies in the Digital Age (3)

IMS 254 Design Principles Applied (3)

IMS 257 Web Interaction Programming (3)

Elective Courses

IMS Major Foundation Tracks: Take 3 courses/9 hours in each list, 18 hours total

Making Track:

IMS 212 The Design of Play (3)

IMS 222 Web and Interaction Design (3)

IMS 253 Building Interactive Objects (3)

IMS/ART 259 Art and Digital Tools I (3)

IMS 356 Interactive Animation (3)

IMS 461 Advanced 3D Visualization and Simulation (3)

Analyzing Track:

COM 143 Introduction to Media (3)

IMS 211 The Analysis of Play (3)

IMS/ENG 238 Narrative and Digital Technology (3)

IMS 261 Information and Data Visualization (3)

IMS 413/513 Usability and Digital Media Design (4)

IMS 414/514 Web and Social Media Analytics (3)

IMS/MKT 419 Digital Branding (3)

Advanced Track: Choose a Pre-Designed Track and design your own with advisor approval, Take 4 courses, 12 hours total

If a track is pre-approved (below) you can begin the track without advisor approval. If you would like to design their own track from the list of track courses (and/or other courses that might be available throughout the university) you are required to meet with your assigned AIMS advisor to get "sign-off" on the track no later than immediately following completion of the first course in the track. All/any modifications to pre-approved tracks and/or self-designed tracks need to be approved by the Chief Departmental Advisor (CDA) of AIMS. IMS 390 Special Topics and IMS 490/590 Advanced Topics can be used with CDA approval. Topics can be used with CDA approval.

(Courses from the Making and Analyzing foundation tracks can also be used in the advanced track, but they must be in addition to those hours – no double-dipping).

Pre-Approved Tracks:

Game Design

IMS 212 The Design of Play (3)

IMS 319 Foundations in Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation (3)

IMS 445 Game Design (3)

IMS 487 Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production (3)

Game Development

CSE 251 Introduction to Game Programming (3)

IMS 259 Art and Digital Tools I (3)

IMS 445 Game Design (3)

IMS 487 Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production (3)

Game Studies

IMS 211 The Analysis of Play (3)

IMS 225 Games and Learning (3)

IMS 238 Narrative and Digital Technology (3)

IMS 487 Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production (3

Interactive Business

IMS 407 Interactive Business Communication (3)

IMS 414 Web and Social Media Analytics (3)

IMS 418 Social Media Marketing and Online Community Management (3)

IMS/MKT 419 Digital Branding (3)

Art and Interaction

ARC 404 Seminars (1-3)

ART 259 Art and Digital Tools I (3)

IMS/MUS 221 Music Technologies (3)

IMS 303 Online Journalism (3)

IMS 319 Foundations in Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation (3)

Web Development and Design

IMS 222 Web and Interaction Design (3)

IMS/ART 359 Art and Digital Tools II (3)

IMS 356 Interactive Animation (3)

IMS 413 Usability and Digital Media Design (4)

Animation

IMS/ART 259 Art and Digital Tools I (3)

IMS/ART 359 Art and Digital Tools II (3)

IMS 356 Interactive Animation (3)

IMS 319 Foundations in Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation (3)

Comparative Media Studies

COM 211 Introduction to Video Production (4)

CMS 201 Special Topics in Language Awareness (3)

CMS 301 Comparative Approaches to Media Studies (3)

COM 212 Media, Representation, and Society (3) or

COM 355 Media Technology & Culture (3)

IMS Major Upper-level Requirements: Take all 4 courses, 12 hours total

ART/IMS 340 Internship (1-3, maximum 6)

IMS 355 Principles and Practices of Managing Interactive Projects (3)

IMS 452 Senior Degree Project (3)

IMS 440/550 Interactive Media Studies Practicum (4)

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