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,
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
Wondering about your course schedule?
Current students should refer to
Degree Works to determine their scheduling needs.
All coursework is done in the College’s modern facilities, giving students access
to the latest digital technology and hands-on tools.
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.