INTM - Interactive Digital Media

Course Descriptions

INTM 1600 Introduction to Interactive Digital Media (3)

A practical introduction to interactive media. Students learn the concept, information and interactive design, production strategies, technical aspects of production and publication, and practical applications of interactive media in educational, commercial, and public environments. Students create formal design documents that include flowcharts, treatments, scripts, and storyboards. Prerequisite: EPMD 1000 OR permission of instructor.

INTM 2000 Writing for Interactive Digital Media (3)

Students learn the application of traditional media writing and narrative scripting to interactive contexts. Also, students learn how to write scripts for interactive narrative stories with emphasis on interactive design related to story branching and decision points. Students develop more sophisticated approaches to information design and interactive design through the writing course. Prerequisites: INTM 1600 OR permission of instructor.

INTM 2200 Visual Design for Interactive Digital Media (3)

Students apply interactive design to the visual presentation of information. Effective use of color, creating intuitive visual cues for response and decision-making points, and engaging display of information are studied. Photoshop and related applications are used as tools in graphic interface design for interactive media in a variety of interactive contexts. Prerequisite: INTM 1600 OR permission of the instructor.

INTM 2350 Production Tools for Advertising and Public Relations (3)

Students will learn basic digital tools and production skills required to perform everyday tasks as advertising and public relations practitioners: image editing, illustration, page layout, and design. All class activities will focus on software execution for persuasive communication.

INTM 2800 Storyboard Techniques for Visual Media (3)

Students practice composing and rendering images for storyboards for use in film and digital media, including video and animation production. Students learn scene perspective, figure proportions, and dramatic character poses as a means to enhance communicating their story. Students study the works of classic draftsmen - from Rembrandt to Disney - to improve their storyboard techniques.

INTM 3100 Programming for Web Communications (3)

Students learn the application of interactive media to the Internet. The course addresses concepts and strategies for integrating interactive function and design in the World Wide Web context. Students learn how to organize information and design the interactive function of a Web-based delivery system. The projects in this class are publications of Web sites that have interpreted and applied interactive design and function in their Web site. Prerequisites: INTM 1600 AND INTM 2200 OR permission of the instructor.

INTM 3150 Special Topics (3)

This course addresses current and significant issues in interactive media and interactive communications. The course focuses on existing theories and practices, with emphasis on new and emerging topics and technologies in this field. The course topics could include 1) Computer-Based Training; 2) Games and Entertainment; 3) Journalism on the Internet; and 4) Interactive Narrative Writing. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisites will vary with topic.

INTM 3200 Interface Design (3)

This course explores design issues involved in creating functional interfaces for interactive media. The intricacies of designing the interfaces for ease of use and navigation, intuitive understanding of icons and their functions, continuity of layout, ergonomics, and the use of metaphors and known conventions are all studied. Prerequisites: INTM 2200.

INTM 3300 Programming for Interactive Media (3)

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the skills required to produce interactive media integrated with 2D animation for commercial websites, instructional CD-ROMs and stand-alone kiosks. Topics covered in the class include principles of vector-based 2D animation and an introduction to multimedia programming. Prerequisite: INTM 2200.

INTM 3580 Delivering Digital Media (3)

Students learn how to prepare digital media programs for delivery on the Internet, CD-ROM, and DVD. This course ad-dresses technical issues, such as compression and basic programming, as well as content issues, such as program design and length. This course can be a valuable elective for video, film, and interactive digital media students interested in "screening" their work on the Web.

INTM 3750 Interactive Reporting and Producing (3)

The focus of this course is the growing reliance of the broadcast outlets (radio, broadcast television, cable) on the World Wide Web as a secondary distribution for news. Students learn the information design and strategies associated with distributing news in the interactive and multimedia environment of the Web. This class is conducted in a collaborative and workshop environment, with students producing news reporting Web sites. Prerequisites: JOUR 1030, AND INTM 3100 OR COAP 2000.

INTM 3850 Interactive Marketing Communications (3)

This course addresses marketing communications in a variety of interactive contexts, from the World Wide Web to public environments. Students learn information and interactive design strategies and the integration of new media into publications and marketing plans. This class is conducted in a collaborative and workshop environment, with students producing interactive projects. Prerequisites: PBRL 2920 OR ADVT 2550; AND INTM 3100 OR COAP 2000.

INTM 4100 Programming for Web Communications 2 (3)

The first half of this course will focus on advanced XHTML and CSS development. The goal of this portion of the class is to produce a complete bulletproof set of XHTML / CSS website templates. Topics will include development workflows, best practices, browser testing, optimization, troubleshooting, and continued education. The second half of the course provides a comprehensive introduction to PHP and build upon the XHTML/CSS templates developed in the first part of the course. This section will review the language and standard open-source development tools with the goal of providing a student an end-to-end understanding of techniques used to build a wide range of dynamic websites. Topics will span creation of flat (non-database) PHP-based websites and thereafter introduce the use of a MySQL database for dynamic sites, PHP-based Content Management Systems, and Frameworks. Prerequisite: INTM 3100.

INTM 4300 Programming for Interactive Media 2 (3)

Advanced interactive media development for a variety of applications. Students will continue to explore the integration of 2-D vector based animation with more sophisticated interactivity. Topics covered include the development of web sites, games and instructional media. Prerequisite: INTM 3300.

INTM 4620 Senior Overview (3-6)

This course provides an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate their proficiency in a selected area of interactive media production. The student assumes responsibility for the production of a project under the direction of a faculty member. The projects can be collaborative and must demonstrate creative strategies using multimedia and interactive elements. Prerequisites: senior standing, acceptance of the petition to proceed with senior overview, AND permission of the instructor.

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