Mount Ida College’s Interactive Media and Web Development degree program prepares students to think strategically across media platforms; to plan and create interactive media content consisting of text, images, graphics, sounds, and video; manage information for interactive news, entertainment, and strategic communications; and to work in any profession that employs interactive media skills. Interactive Media and Web Development allows students to design, produce and create projects that are rapidly becoming the principal components of today’s digital media.
Interactive Media and Web Development is the process of creating digital media that is an effective, memorable, and rewarding user experience. Like most traditional design disciplines, Interactive Media and Web Development is concerned with the relationship of form and function, but unlike other disciplines, Interactive Designers explore the way in which behaviors connect people through the products they use.
Most preconceived notions about design include an assumption that design concerns itself primarily with how it looks. While there is nothing wrong with designing for appealing aesthetics, design can be more than (just) that. Whether or not something looks good to use doesn’t necessarily have an impact on whether it makes the user feel socially accountable. For an Interactive Designer, design has a tangible impact on measurable, instrumental outcomes.
Potential Careers: Art director, concept artist, creative director, environmental artist, experience designer, Flash developer, UI/UX designer, social media developer, instructional designer, interaction designer, interactive designer/developer, interactive installation artist, interface designer, mobile game/app designer, mobile game/app developer, online games developer/designer, technical artist, web designer and Web developer.
In addition to the skills and perspectives of the All College Curriculum, graduates of the Interactive Media and Web Development Program will demonstrate these abilities:
- Visualize and understand the essential vocabularies, principles, and concepts as applied to interactive work.
- Demonstrate a user-centered design methodology.
- Demonstrate facility in communicating through social interaction design.
- Design solutions appropriate to the situation, which uniquely address the issues of that particular design problem.
- Design processes that are ethical and deliberate choices.
Graduates of the Interactive Media and Web Development Program will also:
- Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
- Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field.
- Solve creative problems within their field of interactive media, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic and conceptual knowledge.
- Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary.
- Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of interactive media principles.
- Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional criteria and terminology.
Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees
Progression in Program:
- A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses in this major (courses with IM, GD or AR prefixes).
- An informal meeting with the Department Chair is required at the end of a student’s first year to review the work created in first-year classes to make sure the student is on track.
- The core Art Foundation (AR) courses including AR 102, AR 109, AR 112, AR 231, and AR 232 must be completed by the end of the sophomore year in order to continue with Interactive Media and Web Development classes or students must have the Department Chair’s permission to progress.
- Before proceeding to the junior year, all students must demonstrate they possess the skill level necessary for advanced studio work by: (1) achieving a CGPA of 2.33 or higher for the first two years of course work in the program and (2) receiving a passing evaluation by a formal portfolio review with outside critics. Petitions from students whose CGPA falls below 2.33, but who are otherwise qualified for upper-division course work will on occasion be considered by the Department Chair and Interactive Media and Web Development Faculty.
Students are strongly encouraged to join MITX (Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange), the ultimate resource inspiring members with progressive thinking, meaningful connections, and provocative conversations.
External Design Competitions: All juniors and seniors are required to enter two (2) external design competitions each year for degree completion.
Note: Students are required initially to purchase a kit of materials and required computer/software. Yearly expenditures (excluding books and field trip fees) may total from $500 to $1000, depending on student work habits and program of study.
The School of Design reserves the right to retain work done in classes for possible inclusion in exhibitions. All final work must be submitted by the end of the term in original format plus PDF’s, to be used in exhibitions on the College website and to show accrediting agencies such as NEASC and NASAD. Detailed information regarding how to submit these large files will be provided at the time they are due. Mount Ida College cannot assume any responsibility for damaged or missing work.