Interactive Design for Media
The Interactive Design for Media major is perfect for students interested in using graphics, animation, images, video, audio, mobile apps, etc. to tell captivating stories. This program combines courses in journalism and strategic communication, art and design, and coding to provide students with the creative and analytical skills to evolve with this ever-changing industry.
The media landscape is rapidly changing and there is a growing demand for interactive audiovisual media experiences, mobile application and video game production. Students in this program are exposed to the latest innovations in digital media to create visually stunning and timely interactive experiences.
Where You'll Work
This immersive program positions our students as future media developers and designers and as highly adaptive professionals who are able to acquire, practice and transfer evolving skill sets with ease. Professionals also serve as project managers who work with and coordinate visual designers, videographers, copywriters, programmers and developers. In addition, students can find employment as multimedia artists, interactive media developers/communicators, animators and web designers.
What You’ll Learn
The Interactive Design for Media major is a hybrid program of the College of Creative Arts and Reed College of Media. The new major will combine two core foundational areas of study: one focused on media and the other focused on art and design. Course work will expose students to the history, guiding principles, ethics, diversity and cultural issues related to design, technology and interactive media. And, skills-based courses will provide students with ample hands-on opportunities in the technologies and design thinking relevant to digital, interactive platforms.
Coursework and Major Requirements
Students in the Interactive Design for Media major will take a variety of art and journalism courses including visual journalism and new media, game design and digital narrative, and coding for interactive media. Interactive Design for Media majors earn a Bachelor of Art (BA) in Interactive Design for Media degree upon successful completion of the program.
To graduate, all College of Media majors must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Interactive Design for Media students complete:
- 2 credit hours in Orientation
- 25 credit hours of General Education Foundations (English, Math, Science, etc.) Courses
- 33 credit hours in Media Courses
- 42 credit hours in Art Courses
- 18 credit hours in Electives
All students in the WVU Reed College of Media are required to take courses in media writing, media tools and applications, and media law and ethics. In addition to those required core courses, IDM majors must take Strategic Communications core courses and at least three additional courses specific to Advertising or Public Relations.
Wondering about your course schedule?
Current students should refer to Degree Works to determine their scheduling needs.
Future students can refer to the WVU Undergraduate Catalog for the major requirements and sample schedule.
All coursework is done in the College’s modern facilities, giving students access to the latest digital technology and hands-on tools.
The WVU Reed College of Media hosts a variety of student organizations. These clubs offer students opportunities to engage in University activities and connect with other students and professionals nationwide. Students travel to conferences, visit top news agencies and firms, organize and participate in campus events, and network with alumni and industry leaders.
We Are Accredited
West Virginia University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.