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Interactive Media Studies

Why pursue an interactive media studies degree at North Central College?

Interactive media studies skills provide individuals depth in interactive and digital design. Professionals with technical skills in web design, graphic design, video production, photography and digital writing are highly sought after in a world where everything is digital. This program is designed to allow you to choose a track: convergent media or technology, which allows you to show off your creative flare or technical computer skills. At North Central College you will acquire the skills necessary to succeed in the media industry. In convergent media, you’ll learn to create visual, written and interactive media for a variety of digital platforms. In technology, you’ll explore the intersections among web programming, gaming and design, with emphasis on computer science components. Whatever you choose to do with what you learn, Interactive Media Studies is sure to provide a range of rewarding employment opportunities.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN

  • Engaging consumers and enhancing user experience (UX) using text, graphics, video or sound
  • Working in twenty first century industries with interactive products and services like social media, video games, smartphones or virtual reality
  • Combining your creative and technical talents to provide clients with successful design, videography, photography and digital imaging results

then a degree in INTERACTIVE MEDIA STUDIES might be for you. 

Why study interactive media studies at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics: 

  • Advanced Digital Audio Production
  • Animation
  • Digital Art and Design
  • Digital Media Writing
  • Global Media in a Digital Age
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Photo Journalism
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Writing for The Web
  • Web Design
  • Web Programming

Beyond the Classroom

As an interactive media studies major, you can: 

  • Obtain hands-on experience in creative design, media production and many other opportunities through our unique practicum courses.
  • Apply for internships and jobs through robust faculty and alumni networks or the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Develop an interactive design portfolio with samples of your visual effects, animation and/or motion graphics.

More Department information

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

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

Core Courses

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hours

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

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    A practical introduction to the legal restraints placed upon media communicators and the ethical concerns raised by various forms of media communication. Includes discussions and material related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity and political broadcasting. The course is also intended to engage students in a conversation about the ethical issues facing the media today.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Web Design

  • ARTD 245 - Web Design

    ARTD 245 - Web Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction the creation of design solutions relating to web design. Students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions for web design. Students learn how to create layout for a website, optimize images and graphics for the web and create simple websites using HTML and CSS.

    Schedule Of Classes

Practica

Two semesters from any of the following:

  • MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on video field production workshop designed to allow students to develop their video production and storytelling skills. Emphasis is placed on news and public affairs content. Instructor consent required for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on experience on the staff of the college news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students 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. Instructor consent needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 297 - Internship

    MEDI 297 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply theories and concepts to broader issues and system. Students explore career options within a specific area of study and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. May be repeated with different professional experience.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 397 - Internship

    MEDI 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply theories and concepts to broader issues and system. Students explore career options within a specific area of study and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. May be repeated with different professional experience.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 497 - Internship

    MEDI 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply theories and concepts to broader issues and system. Students explore career options within a specific area of study and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. May be repeated with different professional experience.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    2.00 credit hours

    A creative environment similar to a design agency to develop independent art and design projects. Member students also work with clients including non-profit and campus organizations to offer graphic design and other multimedia related services.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 118 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    ENGL 118 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    2.00 credit hours

    Students micro-publish a complete humor magazine from conception to production and distribution to campus community. Exposure to holistic publication process, though individual content contributions may vary. Discussion of the fine line between innovative and offensive commentary. Students produce a portfolio of professional work.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 120 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    ENGL 120 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    2.00 credit hours

    The practicum provides experience in the running of a literary journal, with opportunities for work in management, editing, design, production, and marketing. Students may specialize in one area but be called upon to help in others. Students learn about the contemporary literary landscape, the larger world of publishing and its cultural ramifications, all while developing skills that will transfer easily to a number of workplace settings.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

One of the following:

  • MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    4.00 credit hours

    Students create an in-depth capstone project that brings together a variety of media production skills, knowledge and research methods. The topic is determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Additionally, students create a web portfolio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    2.00 credit hours

    Development of practical professional skills and materials such as resume, cover letter, artist statement, interview techniques and portfolio. Exploration of common practices in the creative fields through lectures, individual meetings, field trips, discussions, writing and presentations to develop the skills necessary to participate in various existing art and design worlds after graduation.

    Schedule Of Classes

Convergent Media Courses

One of the following:

  • MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques. Topics covered include conducting interviews, story selection and research. New technologies and the evolving state of journalism are also discussed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    4.00 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 formatting guidelines, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine theoretical, stylistic and ethical issues connected with writing in various rhetorical situations, including digital environments. Focus on writing about ethically charged issues such as artificial intelligence, digital technology, biotechnology and transhumanism.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Using a reader-centered approach, students are introduced to strategies for writing effectively in the workplace. Rhetorical theories and practices join multimodal writing and presentation skills to help students transfer from school-to-work contexts.

    Schedule Of Classes

Multimedia Production Skills

Three of the following, no more than two from the same department:

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in MEDI 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of historical and contemporary theories and practices of visual forms, especially as applied in art and design. Students engage theories in constructing imagery to develop skills of seeing and comprehending visual details, and the ability to understand the meanings of and messages in visual text.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    4 credit hours

    A foundations course focused on process, study and application of core concepts of visual design — visual elements, principles of design and creative process. Course objectives include creative problem solving through acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of graphics for screen-based animation using image, graphic and typographic elements. Attention given to content development through an examination of motion design processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    4.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery, artistic statements and concepts through the use of DSLR cameras and software.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    4.00 credit hours

    The theory and practice of 2D computer animation, character and story development, the Twelve Principles of animation, including secondary animation, key-framing and anticipation. Topics include character development, narrative creation, time-line based editing, stop frame animation and an introduction to animation programming.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Use of computing tools and techniques for data modeling, analysis, visualization and presentation. Topics include introduction to spreadsheet tools for data processing, presentation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, statistical and financial functions, formulas, graphical and modern visualization tools, macros and scripting; Introduction to modeling and simulation, scenarios and goal-seeking and what-if analysis. Applications focus will be on a practical problem such as climate data, personal wellness/fitness modeling, financial problems, etc. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    4.00 credit hours

    A hands-on course which enables students to create websites. Includes an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web; HTML and HTML editors; artistic, organizational, technical and ethical considerations of website design and implementation; delivery across multiple platforms, from traditional computer display to mobile devices; and requirements analysis, design specifications, graphics optimization. Also, introduction to XHTML, DHTML, CSS and introduction to scripting (such as Ajax and JavaScript). Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    Topics include the use of modern web-development tools (such as PHP, Ruby, Node/Node JS, JQuery) for server-side generation of content. Also covers HTML5/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. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Analysis, Context and Writing

Two of the following, no more than one from the same department:

  • MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the development of journalism in America. Course covers the major eras and figures in U.S. journalism history.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced introduction to the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender and sexuality, representations of the body and feminist theories of media.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced survey of theoretically-informed approaches to media criticism, with an emphasis on news media, television and film. Students learn to use the conceptual tools media scholars employ to analyze the content, form and effects of media messages. Ethical and political questions raised by media texts are also examined.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the business practices, institutional forms and production and distribution processes of major media industries in the U.S. and around the world. Surveys the impact of technology, media policy and regulation, globalization and broader political economic forces on both the individual media enterprise and national and transnational media systems. Examines the unique work routines and labor relations that tend to prevail within media industries. Special emphasis is placed on the advantages and disadvantages of commercial, for-profit media and their various alternatives (state-run public service media, citizen journalism, etc.).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 342 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction

    ENGL 342 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced workshop-based course in which students propose, write and edit an extended creative nonfiction manuscript, and, with peer and professor support, write and revise the first two chapters of a proposed manuscript. Students research publication venues and learn to prepare and pitch longer-form nonfiction manuscripts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FILM 300 - History of Global Film

    FILM 300 - History of Global Film

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to major movements, waves, or schools throughout the history of global film with an emphasis on aesthetic trademarks, cultural and historical context, and directors. Additional focus on the shift of scholarly attention from national cinema(s) to global and transnational characteristics of contemporary film.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FILM 490 - Film Theory and Criticism

    FILM 490 - Film Theory and Criticism

    4.00 credit hours

    The study of key theoretical models and strategies for comprehending the uniqueness of film and television as texts, cultural documents, and aesthetic experiences. May include intersections with existing theoretical models such as spectatorship, gender theory, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism, (post)structuralism, queer theory, and post- colonialism.

    Schedule Of Classes

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

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

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

Core Courses

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hours

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

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    A practical introduction to the legal restraints placed upon media communicators and the ethical concerns raised by various forms of media communication. Includes discussions and material related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity and political broadcasting. The course is also intended to engage students in a conversation about the ethical issues facing the media today.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Practica

Two semesters from any of the following:

  • MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on video field production workshop designed to allow students to develop their video production and storytelling skills. Emphasis is placed on news and public affairs content. Instructor consent required for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on experience on the staff of the college news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students 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. Instructor consent needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 297 - Internship

    MEDI 297 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply theories and concepts to broader issues and system. Students explore career options within a specific area of study and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. May be repeated with different professional experience.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 397 - Internship

    MEDI 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply theories and concepts to broader issues and system. Students explore career options within a specific area of study and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. May be repeated with different professional experience.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 497 - Internship

    MEDI 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Valuable professional experiences supplement classroom instruction and allow students to apply theories and concepts to broader issues and system. Students explore career options within a specific area of study and critically reflect on the experience in a structured manner. May be repeated with different professional experience.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    2.00 credit hours

    A creative environment similar to a design agency to develop independent art and design projects. Member students also work with clients including non-profit and campus organizations to offer graphic design and other multimedia related services.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 118 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    ENGL 118 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    2.00 credit hours

    Students micro-publish a complete humor magazine from conception to production and distribution to campus community. Exposure to holistic publication process, though individual content contributions may vary. Discussion of the fine line between innovative and offensive commentary. Students produce a portfolio of professional work.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 120 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    ENGL 120 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    2.00 credit hours

    The practicum provides experience in the running of a literary journal, with opportunities for work in management, editing, design, production, and marketing. Students may specialize in one area but be called upon to help in others. Students learn about the contemporary literary landscape, the larger world of publishing and its cultural ramifications, all while developing skills that will transfer easily to a number of workplace settings.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

One of the following:

  • MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    4.00 credit hours

    Students create an in-depth capstone project that brings together a variety of media production skills, knowledge and research methods. The topic is determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Additionally, students create a web portfolio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    2.00 credit hours

    Development of practical professional skills and materials such as resume, cover letter, artist statement, interview techniques and portfolio. Exploration of common practices in the creative fields through lectures, individual meetings, field trips, discussions, writing and presentations to develop the skills necessary to participate in various existing art and design worlds after graduation.

    Schedule Of Classes

Technology Courses

  • ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    4.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming, emphasizing the development of algorithms and problem solving skills using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures; functions; simple data structures; different computing environments such as the Linux operating system are also explored. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    4.00 credit hours

    A hands-on course which enables students to create websites. Includes an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web; HTML and HTML editors; artistic, organizational, technical and ethical considerations of website design and implementation; delivery across multiple platforms, from traditional computer display to mobile devices; and requirements analysis, design specifications, graphics optimization. Also, introduction to XHTML, DHTML, CSS and introduction to scripting (such as Ajax and JavaScript). Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

Technology Electives

Four of the following, at least one at the 300-level or above:

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in MEDI 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 244 - Graphic Design II: Methods and Materials

    ARTD 244 - Graphic Design II: Methods and Materials

    4.00 credit hours

    Create and develop visual form in response to communication problems, including an understanding of principles of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics and the construction of meaningful images.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    4.00 credit hours

    The theory and practice of 2D computer animation, character and story development, the Twelve Principles of animation, including secondary animation, key-framing and anticipation. Topics include character development, narrative creation, time-line based editing, stop frame animation and an introduction to animation programming.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of graphics for screen-based animation using image, graphic and typographic elements. Attention given to content development through an examination of motion design processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 342 - Graphic Design III

    ARTD 342 - Graphic Design III

    4.00 credit hours

    Experiments in visual communication challenge students to further refine visual thinking through applied problems. Flexibility of approach is important and stressed at this level. Group assignments allow for the integration of various media to better define conceptual and technical solutions to design problems.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 345 - User Experience and User Interface Design

    ARTD 345 - User Experience and User Interface Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the field of user experience and interface design for web and mobile. Course content is focused on applied practices from user research, information architecture, interaction design, visual design and usability. Students explore screen layout, organization, navigation, labeling, search and other core concepts and techniques such as user flows, wireframes and prototyping.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 380 - Animation II: Sequential Art

    ARTD 380 - Animation II: Sequential Art

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of 2D digital graphics and animation with a focus on producing portfolio quality projects. Efficient workflow techniques, narrative arcs and team dynamics are examined. Topics include storyboard script production, audio-animation optimization and compositing across programs.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 382 - Animation III: 3D Computer Graphics

    ARTD 382 - Animation III: 3D Computer Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the creation three-dimensional (3D) animation and computer graphics. Emphasis on the production of 3D animation as final digital and/or printed output using modeling, rendering and animation software.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 315 - Web Applications

    CSCE 315 - Web Applications

    4.00 credit hours

    Development of web applications. Topics include HTTP, the Browser and Document Object Models, Server-side technologies such as Java Servlets, ASP.NET MVC and Node JS/Express; Client-side technologies JavaScript, AJAX and JQuery, and server-side database access. Introduction to Single Page Apps and Restful services using JAXRS and ASP.NET Web API. Extensive programming required.

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  • CSCE 330 - Mobile Applications Development

    CSCE 330 - Mobile Applications Development

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to creating applications that run on mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and smart watches. Topics include device hardware and development platforms, interface design, interactivity, SQLite database, multimedia and monetization. Extensive programming required. Integrated laboratory.

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  • CSCE 335 - Introduction to Game Design and Development

    CSCE 335 - Introduction to Game Design and Development

    4.00 credit hours

    Project-based course. The design and development of computer games, with an introduction to a modern game engine such as Unity or Unreal Engine. Extensive programming and major project required. Integrated laboratory.

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  • CSCE 336 - Human Computer Interaction

    CSCE 336 - Human Computer Interaction

    4.00 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.

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  • INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Use of computing tools and techniques for data modeling, analysis, visualization and presentation. Topics include introduction to spreadsheet tools for data processing, presentation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, statistical and financial functions, formulas, graphical and modern visualization tools, macros and scripting; Introduction to modeling and simulation, scenarios and goal-seeking and what-if analysis. Applications focus will be on a practical problem such as climate data, personal wellness/fitness modeling, financial problems, etc. Integrated laboratory.

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  • INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    Topics include the use of modern web-development tools (such as PHP, Ruby, Node/Node JS, JQuery) for server-side generation of content. Also covers HTML5/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. Integrated laboratory.

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  • MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques.

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Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Interactive Media Studies Minor

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

A minimum of 24 credit hours, to include:

Core Courses

  • ARTD 245 - Web Design

    ARTD 245 - Web Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction the creation of design solutions relating to web design. Students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions for web design. Students learn how to create layout for a website, optimize images and graphics for the web and create simple websites using HTML and CSS.

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  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

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One of the following:

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hours

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

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  • MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    A practical introduction to the legal restraints placed upon media communicators and the ethical concerns raised by various forms of media communication. Includes discussions and material related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity and political broadcasting. The course is also intended to engage students in a conversation about the ethical issues facing the media today.

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Electives

A minimum 12 credit hours from the IMS Convergent Track listed below, at least one at the 300-level or above and no more than one course from a single subject prefix:

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

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  • MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques. Topics covered include conducting interviews, story selection and research. New technologies and the evolving state of journalism are also discussed.

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  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns.

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  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory.

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  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components.

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  • MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the development of journalism in America. Course covers the major eras and figures in U.S. journalism history.

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  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in MEDI 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable.

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  • MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    4.00 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 formatting guidelines, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

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  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory.

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  • ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of historical and contemporary theories and practices of visual forms, especially as applied in art and design. Students engage theories in constructing imagery to develop skills of seeing and comprehending visual details, and the ability to understand the meanings of and messages in visual text.

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  • ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    4 credit hours

    A foundations course focused on process, study and application of core concepts of visual design — visual elements, principles of design and creative process. Course objectives include creative problem solving through acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

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  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 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.

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  • ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    4.00 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.

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  • ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery, artistic statements and concepts through the use of DSLR cameras and software.

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  • ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    4.00 credit hours

    The theory and practice of 2D computer animation, character and story development, the Twelve Principles of animation, including secondary animation, key-framing and anticipation. Topics include character development, narrative creation, time-line based editing, stop frame animation and an introduction to animation programming.

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  • ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of graphics for screen-based animation using image, graphic and typographic elements. Attention given to content development through an examination of motion design processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics.

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  • COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced introduction to the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender and sexuality, representations of the body and feminist theories of media.

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  • COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced survey of theoretically-informed approaches to media criticism, with an emphasis on news media, television and film. Students learn to use the conceptual tools media scholars employ to analyze the content, form and effects of media messages. Ethical and political questions raised by media texts are also examined.

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  • COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the business practices, institutional forms and production and distribution processes of major media industries in the U.S. and around the world. Surveys the impact of technology, media policy and regulation, globalization and broader political economic forces on both the individual media enterprise and national and transnational media systems. Examines the unique work routines and labor relations that tend to prevail within media industries. Special emphasis is placed on the advantages and disadvantages of commercial, for-profit media and their various alternatives (state-run public service media, citizen journalism, etc.).

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  • ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine theoretical, stylistic and ethical issues connected with writing in various rhetorical situations, including digital environments. Focus on writing about ethically charged issues such as artificial intelligence, digital technology, biotechnology and transhumanism.

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  • ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Using a reader-centered approach, students are introduced to strategies for writing effectively in the workplace. Rhetorical theories and practices join multimodal writing and presentation skills to help students transfer from school-to-work contexts.

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  • ENGL 342 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction

    ENGL 342 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced workshop-based course in which students propose, write and edit an extended creative nonfiction manuscript, and, with peer and professor support, write and revise the first two chapters of a proposed manuscript. Students research publication venues and learn to prepare and pitch longer-form nonfiction manuscripts.

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  • ENGL 250 - Writing for Social Change

    ENGL 250 - Writing for Social Change

    4.00 credit hours

    A workshop-based writing course emphasizing the close reading and production of equity-minded texts that challenge existing power structures. Studying writing of social change movements of the past, students learn the arts of writing to change the world through individual and collaboratively designed projects for publics. Writing and Rhetoric.

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  • ENGL 242 - Beginning Creative Nonfiction

    ENGL 242 - Beginning Creative Nonfiction

    2.00 credit hours

    An introduction to creative nonfiction emphasizing memoir, personal essays and narrative nonfiction. Students read and collaboratively analyze the work of professional and peer practitioners for craft, and write, edit and revise original creative nonfictions for workshop.

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  • FILM 300 - History of Global Film

    FILM 300 - History of Global Film

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to major movements, waves, or schools throughout the history of global film with an emphasis on aesthetic trademarks, cultural and historical context, and directors. Additional focus on the shift of scholarly attention from national cinema(s) to global and transnational characteristics of contemporary film.

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  • FILM 490 - Film Theory and Criticism

    FILM 490 - Film Theory and Criticism

    4.00 credit hours

    The study of key theoretical models and strategies for comprehending the uniqueness of film and television as texts, cultural documents, and aesthetic experiences. May include intersections with existing theoretical models such as spectatorship, gender theory, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism, (post)structuralism, queer theory, and post- colonialism.

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  • INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Use of computing tools and techniques for data modeling, analysis, visualization and presentation. Topics include introduction to spreadsheet tools for data processing, presentation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, statistical and financial functions, formulas, graphical and modern visualization tools, macros and scripting; Introduction to modeling and simulation, scenarios and goal-seeking and what-if analysis. Applications focus will be on a practical problem such as climate data, personal wellness/fitness modeling, financial problems, etc. Integrated laboratory.

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  • INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    4.00 credit hours

    A hands-on course which enables students to create websites. Includes an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web; HTML and HTML editors; artistic, organizational, technical and ethical considerations of website design and implementation; delivery across multiple platforms, from traditional computer display to mobile devices; and requirements analysis, design specifications, graphics optimization. Also, introduction to XHTML, DHTML, CSS and introduction to scripting (such as Ajax and JavaScript). Integrated laboratory.

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  • INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    Topics include the use of modern web-development tools (such as PHP, Ruby, Node/Node JS, JQuery) for server-side generation of content. Also covers HTML5/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. Integrated laboratory.

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  • MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques.

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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 / SpeediSign, 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, New Home Star
  • Intern, Pesola Media Group
  • Intern, Neary Martin
  • Intern, Flavorchem, Downers Grove, IL

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