The following courses are currently offered by the Interactive Digital Media program:
- INTM 1600 Introduction to Interactive Digital Media – GCP: SSHB / CT
A practical introduction to interactive media. Students learn the concept, information and interactive design, production strategies, technical aspects of production and publication, and practical applications of interactive media in educational, commercial, and public environments. Students create formal design documents that include flowcharts, treatments, scripts, and storyboards.
- INTM 2000 Writing for Interactive Digital Media – GCP: SSHB / WC
Students learn the application of traditional media writing and narrative scripting to interactive contexts. Also, students learn how to write scripts for interactive narrative stories with emphasis on interactive design related to story branching and decision points. Students develop more sophisticated approaches to information design and interactive design through the writing course.
- INTM 2200 Visual Design for Interactive Digital Media
Students learn the application of traditional media writing and narrative scripting to interactive contexts. Also, students learn how to write scripts for interactive narrative stories with emphasis on interactive design related to story branching and decision points. Students develop more sophisticated approaches to information design and interactive design through the writing course. Prerequisites: INTM 1600 OR permission of instructor.
- INTM 2350 Production Tools (for non majors)
Students will learn basic digital tools and production skills required to perform everyday tasks as advertising and public relations practitioners: image editing, illustration, page layout, and design. All class activities will focus on software execution for persuasive communication.
- INTM 3050 Information Architecture
Information Architecture refers to the structure or organization of an interactive, digital experience. Students will gain a practical, historical and theoretical introduction to the information architecture development phase of the interactive media process. We will explore ways in which areas/sections/pages relate to one another, information organization, user roles as well as their goals and expectations, content definition and navigational structures. Through hands-on projects and regular assignments, students will gain skills in creating relevant planning documents and prototypes for an interactive digital media project.
- INTM 3100 Programming for Web Communications
Students learn the application of interactive media to the Internet. The course addresses concepts and strategies for integrating interactive function and design in the World Wide Web context. Students learn how to organize information and design the interactive function of a Web-based delivery system. The projects in this class are publications of Web sites that have interpreted and applied interactive design and function in their Web site. Prerequisites: INTM 1600 AND INTM 2200 OR permission of the instructor.
- INTM 3150 Special Topics in Interactive Digital Media (topics vary by semester, often several sections run each semester)
- INTM 3200 Interface Design
This course explores design issues involved in creating functional interfaces for interactive media. The intricacies of designing the interfaces for ease of use and navigation, intuitive understanding of icons and their functions, continuity of layout, ergonomics, and the use of metaphors and known conventions are all studied.
- INTM 3300 Programming for Interactive Digital Media
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the skills required to produce interactive media integrated with 2D animation for commercial websites, instructional CD-ROMs and stand-alone kiosks. Topics covered in the class include principles of vector-based 2D animation and an introduction to multimedia programming. Prerequisite: INTM 2200.
- INTM 4050 Prof. Practice of Interactive Digital Media
INTM 4050 will prepare students to become professionals in the field of interactive digital media. This preparation will involve learning about job resources and tactics, developing and presenting a portfolio, and honing interview skills. Students will also be exposed to the wide range of entrepreneurship and employment opportunities in the field of interactive digital media and be able to identify the ideal type of role they seek. In addition, ethical and legal issues that frequently arise in the field of interactive digital media will be presented and analyzed, and potential solutions to these dilemmas will be proposed. The course will conclude with a public presentation of final portfolios to faculty and industry professionals.
- INTM 4620 Senior Overview or Internship
Please keep in mind that this is NOT a comprehensive listing of courses required for the major, just the courses under the interactive digital media prefix that run on a regular basis at the Webster University campus in St. Louis. To see the requirements of the interactive digital media major, minor or certificate, visit the University’s course catalog pages.