Communicate visually across any medium using principles of art, computer science, broadcasting, and more.

Department of Communication & Media Studies

Interactive Media Studies

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Why pursue an interactive media studies degree 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.

More Department information

Interactive Media Studies, Convergent-Media Track, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image) and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 105 - Web Design I

    MED 105 - Web Design I

    3.00 credit hours

    This course introduces students to the basics of web design. Emphasis of this course is on creating design solutions relating to web design. The students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions for web design. Students will learn how to create layout for a website, optimize images and graphics for the web and create simple websites using HTML and CSS. Students may not receive credit for both IFS 115 and MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 200 - Digital Writing

    MED 200 - Digital Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    Digital writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write for a variety of different topics including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 240 - Media Law

    MED 240 - Media Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to media law designed to acquaint students with the legal restraints placed upon mass communicators. Includes material on the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity, advertising and political advertising.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125; COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 255 - Social Media Writing, Production and Analytics

    MED 255 - Social Media Writing, Production and Analytics

    3.00 credit hours

    Examines the practical and foundational elements of social media as an evolving, complex system of channels to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels. Additionally, the course covers the basic analytics involved in gauging how well social media efforts are received.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of MED 200, COM 185 or COM 260.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 490 - Portfolio Workshop

    MED 490 - Portfolio Workshop

    3.00 credit hours

    Working independently or in a small group, under the direction of a MED faculty member, students create original interactive media presentations. Required of all IMS majors.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Senior status; declared IMS major.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout. Students may not receive credit for both ART 142 and ART 141 or IFS 109.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 207 - 2D Animation

    ART 207 - 2D Animation

    3.00 credit hours

    Course covers the fundamentals of animated computer graphics for web based delivery. Topics include: vector graphics, gradients, layers, drawing, animation, motion tweening and interactivity in a timeline-based editor. Emphasis is placed upon using Flash to develop compact interactive animations that graphically communicate ideas. Students may not receive credit for both ART 207 and IFS 125.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 107 or ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

Practica or Internships

Two terms of practica or internships from the following:

  • MED 113 - Video Practicum

    MED 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    This course is designed for video producers, directors, editors, camera operators, on-camera reporters and announcers, screenwriters, news and promotions staffers. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 150 - Multimedia Practicum

    MED 150 - Multimedia Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the IMS online multimedia publication. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hours for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, animators, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credit hours of work on the publication. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in MED 150 multimedia practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    IMS major or minor; instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 152 - College News Practicum

    MED 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour to work as writers or editors, web and social media content creators, photographers, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires a minimum of four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits hours which requires a minimum of six hours of work on the publication per week. Registration for credit requires consent of the instructor. Students are required to take the practicum at least twice and a maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies department practica. The practicum does not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count toward graduation and all practica are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 297 - Internship

    MED 297 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 397 - Internship

    MED 397 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 497 - Internship

    MED 497 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 128 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    ENG 128 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, The Kindling. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, artists and designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits which requires six hours of work on the publication per week. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 130 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    ENG 130 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College literary magazine, the 30 N. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, artists, or designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits which requires six hours of work on the publication per week. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Convergent-Media Courses

Three credit hours from the following:
  • MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques including interviews, story selection and research. Discussion on new technologies and the evolving state of journalism. Additional topics on journalism ethics and law.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 270 - Screenwriting

    MED 270 - Screenwriting

    3.00 credit hours

    The research, writing and pre-production of television and motion picture screenplays with an emphasis on script structure and format, plot analysis and character development. The behind-the-scenes relationships with producers, directors, screenwriters and agents are studied. Also discussed: Writers Guild of America formatics, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

    MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

    3.00 credit hours

    The research, writing and preproduction of radio and television scripts for public service announcements, station promotions and commercials. The relationship between writers with producers, station managers and advertising agency personnel is studied, as well as an analysis of target audiences.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 275 - Creative Writing

    ENG 275 - Creative Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to writing poetry and fiction, to some of the conventions writers use in the two genres, and to the workshop-style writing classroom.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Three credit hours from the following:
  • MED 205 - Web Design II

    MED 205 - Web Design II

    3.00 credit hours

    Web Design II builds on the skills and knowledge gained in MED 105. It examines the process of creating aesthetic, functional, standards-based and responsive content for the Internet. Students augment their knowledge of HTML, XHTML, CSS, JQuery and JavaScript to ensure that web page markup is compact and more easily understood. They further learn technologies like PHP, Bootstrap and industry relevant CMS like Wordpress. Towards the end they gain a deeper understanding of the Genesis Framework as they build a custom child theme from scratch with PHP and CSS.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 113.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 320 - Motion Graphics

    MED 320 - Motion Graphics

    3.00 credit hours

    In this course students will develop competencies in the design of graphics for screen-based animation. These include image, graphic and typographic elements. The course will focus on the content development through an examination of work processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics. Lectures, projects and in-class exercises will address design, typography in motion, digital imaging, sequencing images, compositing images and principles of motion. The final product of the assignments will be the creation of video files, the documentation of the design process and analysis of established works.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 205 - Digital Photography

    ART 205 - Digital Photography

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery and concepts through the use of computers and software. Areas of concentration include imagery manipulation, color and collage. Digital camera is required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 212 - Typography

    ART 212 - Typography

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the understanding of type and its use as a design element. Type is explored in relation to page layout, color, importing of graphics and expression, using computer graphics technology.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations

    IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations

    1.50 credit hours

    Design, production and delivery of multimedia presentations. Using a hands-on approach, students learn to create and integrate text, graphics, audio and video into presentations that enhance communication.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One CSC or IFS course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Three credit hours from the following:
  • MED 391 - Seminar in Broadcast Media

    MED 391 - Seminar in Broadcast Media

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced seminar course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

    CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

    3.00 credit hours

    Fundamental principles in the design, implementation and evaluation of human-machine interfaces with emphasis on human computer interaction. Topics include user psychology, theories of human learning and perception, audio and visual physiology, graphical user interfaces, task analysis and usability heuristics. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 436 and CSC 536.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 160; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 270 - Writing, Rhetoric and Culture

    ENG 270 - Writing, Rhetoric and Culture

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to historical and contemporary theories of rhetoric and their application to writing. Students construct and critique written arguments, examining ways culture may be shaped by persuasive discourse. The class offers practice in analyzing a range of texts, identifying their historical or cultural contexts. By way of interpretive reading and critique, students consider central questions in the humanities and liberal arts more generally.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FLM 140 - Introduction to Film and Screen Studies

    FLM 140 - Introduction to Film and Screen Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the critical analysis of film through an examination of the technical, formal and stylistic aspects of cinematic production.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.
    IAI

    F2 905

    Schedule Of Classes

Six credit hours from the following:
  • MED 322 - Video Editing and Production II

    MED 322 - Video Editing and Production II

    3.50 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in Video Editing and Production I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 392 - Topics in Journalism

    MED 392 - Topics in Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of specialized fields of journalism or media studies. Possible topics include: data journalism, ethics, history of journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, feature writing, sports writing, brand journalism, community journalism, humor and opinion, environmental journalism and long-form journalism. Course may involve a mixture of study and practice of a particular field or genre.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 410 - Rhetorical Criticism

    COM 410 - Rhetorical Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of contemporary approaches to the critical analysis of communication. Students examine numerous examples of contemporary rhetoric (speeches, speakers, movements) and consider key factors that can be used to explain the effects of public address acts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 412 - Media Criticism

    COM 412 - Media Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    A critical study of media analysis theories, with an emphasis on television and film. Students learn to use the theoretical tools media scholars use to analyze the content and effects of media messages. Ethical questions and other related issues are also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or senior standing; COM 185 and COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

    ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

    3.00 credit hours

    An advanced writing seminar wherein student writers transform creative nonfictions into a variety of multimedia forms which may include the following visual and/or audio products: documentary, oral history, monologue, commentary, storyboard, slideshow, spoken word poetry or theatrical sketch. Students learn to enlarge the contemporary practice of written nonfiction through projects and prompts that encourage creative, hands-on exploration as well as workshop-based analytical and critical skills.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

Interactive Media Studies, Interactive Media Technology Track, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image) and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 105 - Web Design I

    MED 105 - Web Design I

    3.00 credit hours

    This course introduces students to the basics of web design. Emphasis of this course is on creating design solutions relating to web design. The students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions for web design. Students will learn how to create layout for a website, optimize images and graphics for the web and create simple websites using HTML and CSS. Students may not receive credit for both IFS 115 and MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 200 - Digital Writing

    MED 200 - Digital Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    Digital writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write for a variety of different topics including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 240 - Media Law

    MED 240 - Media Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to media law designed to acquaint students with the legal restraints placed upon mass communicators. Includes material on the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity, advertising and political advertising.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125; COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 255 - Social Media Writing, Production and Analytics

    MED 255 - Social Media Writing, Production and Analytics

    3.00 credit hours

    Examines the practical and foundational elements of social media as an evolving, complex system of channels to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels. Additionally, the course covers the basic analytics involved in gauging how well social media efforts are received.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of MED 200, COM 185 or COM 260.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 490 - Portfolio Workshop

    MED 490 - Portfolio Workshop

    3.00 credit hours

    Working independently or in a small group, under the direction of a MED faculty member, students create original interactive media presentations. Required of all IMS majors.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Senior status; declared IMS major.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout. Students may not receive credit for both ART 142 and ART 141 or IFS 109.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 207 - 2D Animation

    ART 207 - 2D Animation

    3.00 credit hours

    Course covers the fundamentals of animated computer graphics for web based delivery. Topics include: vector graphics, gradients, layers, drawing, animation, motion tweening and interactivity in a timeline-based editor. Emphasis is placed upon using Flash to develop compact interactive animations that graphically communicate ideas. Students may not receive credit for both ART 207 and IFS 125.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 107 or ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

Practica or Internships

Two terms of practica or internships from the following:

  • MED 113 - Video Practicum

    MED 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    This course is designed for video producers, directors, editors, camera operators, on-camera reporters and announcers, screenwriters, news and promotions staffers. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 150 - Multimedia Practicum

    MED 150 - Multimedia Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the IMS online multimedia publication. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hours for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, animators, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credit hours of work on the publication. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in MED 150 multimedia practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    IMS major or minor; instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 152 - College News Practicum

    MED 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour to work as writers or editors, web and social media content creators, photographers, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires a minimum of four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits hours which requires a minimum of six hours of work on the publication per week. Registration for credit requires consent of the instructor. Students are required to take the practicum at least twice and a maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies department practica. The practicum does not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count toward graduation and all practica are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 297 - Internship

    MED 297 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 397 - Internship

    MED 397 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 497 - Internship

    MED 497 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 128 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    ENG 128 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, The Kindling. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, artists and designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits which requires six hours of work on the publication per week. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 130 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    ENG 130 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College literary magazine, the 30 N. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, artists, or designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits which requires six hours of work on the publication per week. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Interactive Media Technology Courses

  • MED 205 - Web Design II

    MED 205 - Web Design II

    3.00 credit hours

    Web Design II builds on the skills and knowledge gained in MED 105. It examines the process of creating aesthetic, functional, standards-based and responsive content for the Internet. Students augment their knowledge of HTML, XHTML, CSS, JQuery and JavaScript to ensure that web page markup is compact and more easily understood. They further learn technologies like PHP, Bootstrap and industry relevant CMS like Wordpress. Towards the end they gain a deeper understanding of the Genesis Framework as they build a custom child theme from scratch with PHP and CSS.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 160 - Computer Science I

    CSC 160 - Computer Science I

    3.50 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming emphasizing the development of algorithms and their implementation in Java using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; assignment statements; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures for selection and iteration; functions; the use of classes and objects; simple data structures, such as arrays; graphical user interfaces and event-driven programming. Extensive programming required. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 or higher or appropriate placement.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 161 - Computer Science II

    CSC 161 - Computer Science II

    3.50 credit hours

    A second course in object-oriented programming, emphasizing design and implementation of efficient, well-constructed programs using Java. Topics include inheritance and polymorphism; stream and file I/O; exception handling; algorithms for searching and sorting; recursion; graphical user interfaces; and more advanced data structures, such as linked lists, stacks, queues and the Java collection classes. Extensive programming required. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 160 or one year of high school programming in Java; MTH 121 or higher or appropriate placement.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 225 - Web and Animation Programming with Flash

    CSC 225 - Web and Animation Programming with Flash

    1.50 credit hours

    Covers program control of Flash animation to build content-rich interactive Web pages. Topics include client-side scripting, plug-ins, environment and session variables, components, animation control with ActionScript, audio and video, interaction with HTML elements, usability and interface design.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 161, IFS 115 and IFS 125/MED 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations

    IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations

    1.50 credit hours

    Design, production and delivery of multimedia presentations. Using a hands-on approach, students learn to create and integrate text, graphics, audio and video into presentations that enhance communication.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One CSC or IFS course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Six credit hours from the following:
  • MED 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    MED 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    3.00 credit hours

    Topics include the use of PHP and other web languages and framework for server-side generation of content. Also covers HTML/CSS and Javascript for client-side presentation, SQL databases for information management and retrieval, management of shopping carts and client sessions and security. Extensive programming required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 161; IFS 115 or MED 105, or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 113.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 415 - Web Applications

    CSC 415 - Web Applications

    3.00 credit hours

    Development of web applications using various client-side and server-side web technologies on the Java EE and .NET platforms. Topics include: HTTP protocols, the Model-View-Controller design pattern, Javascript, AJAX, Java Servlets, Java Server Pages, JSTL, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET web forms, JDBC and ADO.NET for database access and web application security. Extensive programming required. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 415 and CSC 515.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 161; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 425 - Computer Graphics

    CSC 425 - Computer Graphics

    3.00 credit hours

    2D and 3D graphical applications implemented in OpenGL. Includes graphics, display technologies and human factors. Extensive programming required. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 425 and CSC 525.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 306; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 435 - Windows Game Programming

    CSC 435 - Windows Game Programming

    3.00 credit hours

    Design and development of Windows game software. Topics include computer graphics, networking, event-driven programming, the Windows API, XNA, modeling tools, graphics engines for games and an introduction to C#. Extensive programming in required. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 435 and CSC 535.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 425; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

    CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

    3.00 credit hours

    Fundamental principles in the design, implementation and evaluation of human-machine interfaces with emphasis on human computer interaction. Topics include user psychology, theories of human learning and perception, audio and visual physiology, graphical user interfaces, task analysis and usability heuristics. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 436 and CSC 536.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 160; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 116 - Website Development II

    IFS 116 - Website Development II

    1.50 credit hours

    A project course which builds upon the knowledge from IFS 115 to design and create websites for delivery across multiple platforms, from traditional computer displays to mobile devices. Includes requirements analysis, design specifications, graphics optimization, XHTML, DHTML, CSS and an introduction to Ajax and JavaScript. Responsive design.

    Prerequisite(s)


    IFS 115.

    Schedule Of Classes

Recommended

A minor in Computer Science.

Interactive Media Studies Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 21 credit hours, to include:

  • MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image) and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 200 - Digital Writing

    MED 200 - Digital Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    Digital writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write for a variety of different topics including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Select twelve additional hours from remaining Interactive Media Studies courses of which six hours must be at the 300-level or above.

Interactive Media Studies Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • 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
     

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