North Central College - Naperville, IL

Interactive Media Studies

Why choose interactive media studies at North Central College?

There’s no limit to what you can do in the graphic arts, video production, web design and other media at North Central. Our top-notch facilities feature a chroma key (green screen) studio in the newly renovated Meiley-Swallow Hall, which is also stocked with the latest computer technology. Guided by our exceptional faculty, you’ll learn to communicate effectively in virtually any medium using principles of art, computer science, broadcasting, journalism, English and other fields.

You can also:

  • Choose from among three tracks of study: graphic arts, interactive media technology or convergent media.
  • Obtain hands-on experience in creative design and production.
  • Forge corporate connections that can lead to valuable experiences in paid internships and jobs.


Hale Ekinci, assistant professor of art and media studies
Hale Ekinci, North Central College assistant professor of art and media studies, was named October’s Illinois Artist of the Month and showcased her artwork.
Steve Macek, professor of communication
Steve Macek, North Central College professor of communication, contributed online posts to a Chicago roundtable sponsored by Mediapolis.
North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.



  • Intern, Naperville Community Television
  • Intern, Wizdom Systems Inc., Naperville
  • Sports news intern, Fox News Chicago
  • Interactive media manager, The Union, Naperville
  • Graphic designer, Sightmark Inc / Speedi-Sign, Naperville
  • Gaming website editor, GamesRadar/Future US, South San Francisco, CA
  • Web developer, Automotive Internet Media, La Grange, IL
  • Production design, Sourcebooks Inc., Naperville
  • Interactive media studies in food marketing, Future Ceuticals, Momence, IL
  • Graphic designer, Fastsigns, Naperville
  • Intern, Flavorchem, Downers Grove, IL
Interactive Media Studies major

Klariza came to college with a plan: graduate as quickly as possible and get a job. That all changed when she joined The Chronicle student newspaper and discovered a new passion in journalism. She took writing classes while working with the newspaper’s editorial staff and is serving as co-editor-in-chief.

Along the way, she added a major in interactive media studies (IMS) with a focus in convergent media.

“Any track in IMS is great, but I liked the journalism focus of the convergent track.” Klariza’s success in the IMS program has opened doors, including a summer internship for the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs and in product management with a Fortune 100 company.

“I’m no...

Interactive Media Studies major

Kelly Rivard's roots in rural Illinois has given her a deep appreciation for agriculture. The graphic design track within IMS is giving her expertise with video production, social media and the Internet—which can benefit farmers and agriculture organizations—to forge her career. “The challenge is to help farmers gain access to the current technologies,” she says. “Some still have dial-up Internet access.”

She’s already become a video editor and is pursuing an English minor to polish her writing skills. Kelly has interned with AgChat Foundation, which teaches farmers and ranchers how social media can reach consumers; and also for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and NutraHealth Media, a marketing company...

Interactive Media Studies major

Liz channeled her lifelong interests in art and design into an interactive media studies (IMS) major. She completed the graphic arts and interactive media technology tracks within the IMS major.

Liz is confident that she’ll love the graphic design field because she has taken advantage of internship opportunities. North Central’s Office of Career Development helped Liz every step of the way, from revising her résumé to finding an internship. Though her degree only required one internship experience, Liz connected with another organization through the College’s IMS social media channels.

“Having different avenues to find related internships allowed me to leave North Central with great experience on...

Interactive Media Studies major

Ryan Shreve visited North Central as a high school junior and knew right away the College was a good fit. “From my first step on campus, I was drawn by its beauty and the kind, outgoing, friendly personality of each student and faculty member I passed. It was as if I had known them for years,” Ryan says.

During his first year, Ryan’s involvement on campus included working as a marketing intern in the College’s athletic department. A highlight was helping with the department’s breast cancer awareness initiatives. “I organized and ran a breast cancer awareness weekend for Cardinal Athletics, with help from many students and organizations,” Ryan says.  “From the 22 Sports, 1 Team Fighting...

Interactive Media Studies major

Finding out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities has been no problem for Jenae, even with her busy schedule as a member of the Cardinals volleyball team. Since arriving on campus, she’s interned for a local humane society, worked as the webmaster for the College’s Viewfinder and built a new website for another nearby nonprofit.

“And there are other opportunities I’ve had to turn down,” she says. “There are so many it can be hard to choose.”

Jenae decided to attend North Central after reviewing the IMS curriculum. She’s had a blast learning how to design, animate and program.

“You learn to use just about every program imaginable,” she says. “And you get to be creative in all aspects of...

Interactive Media Studies

Deepayan always wanted to be an artist. By majoring in interactive media studies, he was able to merge that passion with his skills in technology.

“It’s a good way to combine both interests into something that allows me to express myself artistically and further my career goals,” he says.

Deepayan gained real-world experience as a student-designer in North Central College’s Office of Marketing and Communications, sharpening his design skills within a workplace setting. He also found an outlet for creative expression as layout editor for The Kindling, North Central’s student-run humor magazine.

Deepayan hopes to work as a magazine layout editor or graphic designer. He also dreams of creating...