Interactive Media Studies Co-Major

This co-major in Interactive Media Studies is an interdisciplinary major that is designed to complement the traditional disciplinary-focused major. A first major is required to subsequently earn this Co-major. The co-major includes courses that span across the breadth of Miami University's offerings. From art to the humanities to computer science, the IMS co-major brings the inherently interdisciplinary world of technology to the traditionally disciplinary student.

Following four foundation courses, students must choose three courses from two foundation tracks (making and analyzing). During their third and fourth years, they participate in an advanced track that is either pre-approved or self-designed. Third/fourth year requirements also include IMS 452 Senior Degree Project and IMS 440 Interactive Media Studies Practicum.

An application/interview is required for admittance. There is a minimum 2.50 GPA requirement. A limited number of students are admitted each year.

Co-major in Interactive Media Studies

(37 semester hours)

Second Year: Foundation (12 hours):

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

IMS 201 Information Studies in the Digital Age (3) (MPT)

IMS 254 Design Principles Applied (3)

IMS 257 Web Interaction Programming (3)

Second and Third Year: Foundation Tracks (9 hours)

Take 2 courses from one list, 1 course from the other list

Making:

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

IMS 212 The Design of Play (3)

IMS 222 Web and Interaction Design (3)

IMS 253 Building Interactive Objects (3)
IMS 356 Interactive Animation (3)

IMS 461 Advanced 3D Visualization and Simulation (3)

Analyzing:

COM 143 Introduction to Media (3)

ENG/IMS 238 Narrative and Digital Technology (3)

IMS 211 The Analysis of Play (3)

IMS 261 Information and Data Visualization (3)

IMS 413 Usability and Digital Media Design (4)

IMS 414 Web and Social Media Analytics (3)

IMS 419 Digital Branding (3)

Third and Fourth Year: Advanced Track (9 hours)

If a track is pre-approved (below) the student can begin the track without advisor approval. If a student would like to design their own track from the list of track courses (and/or other courses that might be available throughout the university) they are required to meet with their assigned advisor and 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 of AIMS. IMS 390 Special Topics and IMS 490/590 Advanced 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 (choose three from the list):

Game Design:

IMS 212 The Design of Play (3)

IMS 319 Foundations in 3-D Design (3)

IMS 445 Game Design (3)

IMS 487 Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production (3)

Game Development:

IMS 259 Art and Digital Tools I (3)

CSE 251 Introduction to Game Programming (3)

IMS 445 Game Design (3)

IMS 487 Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production (3)

Game Studies:

IMS 211 The Analysis of Play (3)

IMS/EDP 225 Games and Learning (3)

IMS/ENG 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:

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

IMS 319 Foundations in 3-D Design (3)

IMS/MUS 304 Electronic Music (3) or

IMS/MUS 221 Music Education Technology (1)

ARC 404Y Mind And Medium (3)

Web Development and Design:

IMS 222 Web and Interaction Design (3)

IMS 356 Interactive Animation (3)

IMS 413 Usability and Digital Media Design (4)

IMS 422 Advanced Web Design (3)

Animation:

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

IMS 319 Foundations in 3-D Design (3)

IMS 356 Interactive Animation (3IMS/ART 359

Comparative Media Studies:

COM 211 Introduction to Video Production (4)

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

COM 355 Media Technology & Culture (3)

CMS 201 Introduction to Comparative Media Studies (4)

CMS 301 Comparative Approaches to Media Studies (3)

Visualization:

IMS 259 Art and Digital Tools I (3)

IMS 261 Information and Data Visualization (3)

IMS 461 Advanced 3D Visualization and Simulation (3)

IMS/JRN/STA 404 Advanced Data Visualization (3)

Third/Fourth Year: Upper-level Requirements (7 hours)

IMS 452 Senior Degree Project (3)

IMS 440 Interactive Media Studies Practicum (4)

Specifically Suggested Electives:

ART/IMS 340 Internship (2)

ART 256 Design, Perception & Audience (3)

IMS/ENG 171 Humanities and Technology (3)

SCA 111 Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking (3)

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