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Interactive Digital Media (BA)


2021-2022 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2021 through 31 May 2022

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program is offered by the School of Communications/Electronic and Photographic Media Department and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Program Description

The BA in interactive digital media is a versatile and career-focused production-based degree program that gives students the creative problem solving skills to build a variety of interactive experiences and push web-based enterprises to the next level. Students apply user-centered design principles, professional media production techniques and web-based programming languages to develop websites, apps, interactive exhibits and casual games.

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Conduct user and market research to inform proposed solutions.
  • Produce clear and compelling visual representations of the design and structure of interactive applications using flowcharts, wirframes and prototypes. 
  • Program interactivity using core web languages.
  • Assess the effectiveness of interactive applications using data analytis, A/B testing, prototyping, and critiquing, and propose thoughful solutions.
  • Demonstrate facility with multiple forms of media (graphics, audio, video, animation, photo) and their associated software.

Degree Requirements

For information on the general requirements for a degree, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

  • 51 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Required Courses

  • DESN 1210 Design Concepts (3 hours)
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
  • MDST 1010 Media Foundations (3 hours)
  • INTM 1600 Introduction to Interactive Digital Media (3 hours)
  • EPMD 1001 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (1 hour)
  • EPMD 1002 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (1 hour)
  • EPMD 1101 Introduction to WordPress (1 hour)
  • INTM 2200 Visual Design for Interactive Media (3 hours)
  • COAP 2000 Introduction to Web Programming (3 hours)
  • INTM 3050 Information Visualization (3 hours)
  • INTM 4200 User Experience Design (3 hours)
  • MDST 3100 Social Media Strategies & Tactics (3 hours)
  • MDST 2500 Professional Development for Media Careers (3 hours)
  • ADVT 4040 Advertising Production (3 hours)
    or FTVP 3500 Production House (3 hours)
    or MDST 4950 Internship* (3 hours)

*Capstone Course

In addition, a minimum of 15 credit hours must be chosen from the following:

Skill Electives

  • INTM 3150 Special Topics (3 hours)
  • DESN 2200 Design Play (3 hours)
  • DESN 2300 Type Dialogues (3 hours)
  • DESN 3200 Design Theory and Methods (3 hours)
  • ART 3060 Text and Image (3 hours)
  • COAP 2100 Web Technology Principles (3 hours)
  • COAP 2190 Mobile Web Design (3 hours)
  • COAP 3000 Advanced Web Scripting (3 hours)
  • COAP 3110 Interactive Site Development (3 hours)
  • COAP 3120 Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) (3 hours)
  • COAP 3200 Advanced Web Programming (3 hours)
  • COSC 2070 Introduction to Mobile Technology (3 hours)
  • GAME 2000 Introduction to Video Game Theory and Design (3 hours)
  • GAME 2500 Traditional Game Design (3 hours)
  • GAME 3000 Video Game Design I (3 hours)
  • GAME 4000 Video Game Level Design (3 hours)
  • GAME 4500 Video Game Design II (3 hours)
  • CSIS 1500 Introduction to Business Technologies (3 hours)
  • CSIS 2300 Electronic Commerce (3 hours)
  • MNGT 2700 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 hours)
  • MNGT 3740 Global Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
  • ANIM 2200 3D Modeling (3 hours)
  • ANIM 3200 3D Animation and Rigging (3 hours)
  • ANIM 4400 Photorealistic 3D Animation (3 hours)

Although any combination of these courses can be taken to fulfill the skills elective degree requirements, courses can be grouped by the following areas for students who want to focus on a particular aspect of interactive digital media:

User Experience Design

  • DESN 2200 Design Play (3 hours)
  • DESN 2300 Type Dialogues (3 hours)
  • DESN 3200 Design Theory and Methods (3 hours)
  • ART 3060 Text and Image (3 hours)

Web and App Development

  • COAP 2100 Web Technology Principles (3 hours)
  • COAP 2190 Mobile Web Design (3 hours)
  • COAP 3000 Advanced Web Scripting (3 hours)
  • COAP 3110 Interactive Site Development (3 hours)
  • COAP 3120 Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) (3 hours)
  • COAP 3200 Advanced Web Programming (3 hours)
  • COSC 2070 Introduction to Mobile Technology (3 hours)

Game Design

  • GAME 2000 Introduction to Video Game Theory and Design (3 hours)
  • GAME 2500 Traditional Game Design (3 hours)
  • GAME 3000 Video Game Design I (3 hours)
  • GAME 4000 Video Game Level Design (3 hours)
  • GAME 4500 Video Game Design II (3 hours)

Online Business/Entrepreneurship 

  • CSIS 1500 Introduction to Business Technologies (3 hours)
  • CSIS 2300 Electronic Commerce (3 hours)
  • MNGT 2700 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 hours)
  • MNGT 3740 Global Entrepreneurship (3 hours)

Virtual and Augmented Reality

  • ANIM 2000 3D Modeling (3 hours)
  • ANIM 3200 3D Animation and Rigging (3 hours)
  • ANIM 4400 Photorealistic 3D Animation (3 hours)