List below are all the core courses for the Interactive Media major and Studio courses required after specialization review. (IM majors are required to pass the review before they can take courses above VCOM 300). For a complete list of courses check here for our degree check sheet which includes core courses, specialty classes and all the general education requirements.

DIFD 151 Seminar: Intro to Information Design – Gerry Derksen

Description: This course will introduce students to the components of the major. The course will focus on the interconnectivity between programs areas, contemporary issues in Internet technology and communication, future areas of concern, and online sources. Students will be required to assess their personal interest in the major and plan their long-range program of study. Notes: Open only to Information Design majors. Offered in spring.
1.0 Credit Hours

DIFD 321 Information Systems and Organizations

Description: This course is an introduction to and analysis of the major functional areas of businesses and their integration within the domain of digital commerce. The course introduces students to the language and concepts of e-business. Special emphasis is placed on innovation within organizations and challenges faced by traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses in surviving the change ushered in by digital commerce. Brands and branding strategies as related to the marketing area of business will also be covered. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: DIFD 211; junior standing
3.0 Credit Hours

DIFD 322 Visualization of Complex Systems

Description: This course will examine the responses of users and their interaction with a variety of interfaces. The focus of the course will be on efficient navigation principles, information hierarchy, and usability testing of complex information systems. Production of interfaces will use theories discussed in this course. Notes: Offered in spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 262. Co-requisites: DIFD 321.
3.0 Credit Hours

DIFD 351 Seminar: Special Topics – Gerry Derksen

Description: This course will explore personal, environmental, business, and social trends currently affecting Information Design. Adjacent fields such as human factors, humanities computing, HCI, information architecture and possibly library science, will be part of the discussion. Topics within these fields as they relate to Information Design, and the implications of changes in these fields will also be included. Topic discussions will include case studies, news items of the day, and recent journal entries. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: DIFD 151.
1.0 Credit Hours

DIFD 415 Law and Ethics for Digital Media

Description: This course will require students to integrate legal and ethical issues of concern in information design relative to the four disciplines represented in the major. Students will review and analyze appropriate case law, federal regulations, and professional codes of conduct. Subjects to be covered include libel, privacy, and identity issues, copyright and trademark issues, photo and audio manipulation, fraud and liability issues, data security and cyber-terrorism, spam and junk mail issues, FTC and FCC regulations. Notes: Offered in fall. Prerequisites: DIFD 322 or permission of instructor.
3.0 Credit Hours

DIFD 451 Senior Synthesis Project

This integrative seminar in information design requires students to design and implement a web-based (or other approved) communication and relationship-building program for an outside client. Students are expected to work in teams and to use knowledge and expertise from their individual tracks to complete a course project. Notes: Offered in spring. Prerequisites: DIFD 322 and DIFD 415.
3.0 Credit Hours

VCOM 262 Introduction to Web Design

Description: Study, create and implement html (hyper text markup language) and Javascript web sites. The course will deal with issues of interactivity and communication delivery including publishing web content. Preparation of images and other content issues for the web will also be covered. Familiarity with general computer functions and web browsers is required. Notes: Lab Fee: $50. Offered fall and spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 261; or CSCI101F and DIFD 141; or permission of program coordinator.
3.0 Credit Hours

VCOM 362 Interactive Media

Description: Course covers advanced issues of web design such as usability, organization of visual elements and technical problem solving. Dynamic web pages and database systems related to content and communications will be created and discussed. Design methods of content, layout and user-centered communication concerns will also be covered within the course. Notes: Lab Fee: $50. Offered in fall. Prerequisites: INFD 141, or VCOM 300; or VCOM 262 and permission of area coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.0 Credit Hours

VCOM 462 Alternative Platforms

Description: This course will develop aspects of interactive media content for alternative platforms, formats and devices. Technical considerations will be discussed as well as theoretical planning for these types of environments. Much of the content will depend on devices that are acquired during the course. Also students will be required to develop an environment for experimental learning using these devices. Notes: Lab Fee: $55. Offered in fall. Prerequisites: VCOM 362, or VCOM 262 and CSCI 242 and permission of area coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.0 Credit Hours

VCOM 363 Sequential Media I

Description: Focus on the integration, effect, and use of content for interactive media. The development of content using video, text, imagery, and sound will be introduced to enhance the abilities of interactive media designers. Emphasis is placed on understanding processes and planning, as well as use of narrative in sequential media formats. Notes: Lab Fee: $50. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: Passage of VCOM 300 or VCOM 261 and permission of coordinator. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.0 Credit Hours

VCOM 463 Sequential Media II

Description: This course extends experiences from VCOM 363 by further investigation of the relationship users have with technology. Multimedia content will be developed using professional-level techniques for internet delivery. Creative approaches to presenting information through sequential media, information gathering strategies, and role playing will be a focus of the course. A variety of technical skills and techniques for building multimedia projects will also be required of the students. Notes: Lab Fee: $55. Offered in spring. Prerequisites: VCOM 363. All VCOM studios numbered above 300 have a prerequisite of the successful completion of the specialization portfolio review or permission of the Chair of the Department of Design.
3.0 Credit Hours