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Grad Certificate in Interactive Media Studies

The graduate certificate program in Interactive Media Studies is designed for graduate students and working professionals who wish to gain knowledge about and develop management and leadership skills in developing digital media for social and organizational applications — for business, educational institutions, government, and community organizations and nonprofits. The program emphasizes multidisciplinary thinking, organizational problem solving, research and inquiry, creative production and design, and communication skills. The graduate certificate is open to degree-seeking students as well as to nondegree-seeking students.

This program will help you develop your ability to think creatively, imaginatively, and practically about how interactive media can be deployed to address society’s needs as well as client’s needs. You will learn how to design appropriate solutions and provide entrepreneurial leadership to move teams and organizations to action and implementation. You will learn basic principles of digital and interactive design. You will study and synthesize others’ research and conduct your own research projects on interactive media. You will learn to critique, test, and evaluate existing designs. You will learn best practices and principles for interactive design.

The program will have a particularly strong emphasis on doing, creating, making, researching, and working within and for real clients and organizations. You will engage in real-world, client-based projects in nearly every course and will conclude your program with an extended client-based practicum designed to provide you with hands-on experience designing digital media for a real client.

This program is designed to be completed in one year of half-time student enrollment. Graduate courses will typically be offered in the evenings to suit student work schedules. Online courses will be available for students who wish to enroll from distant locations.

If you have questions about the graduate certificate program, contact Jim Porter at porterje@miamioh.edu.


CURRICULUM

The Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media Studies requires a minimum of 16 credit hours of graduate course work, as follows:

Required Foundation Course:
Students should take one of the introductory courses below (3-4 credits), preferably in their first semester enrolled in the program:

  • ENG/IMS 507, Interactive Business Communication (3)
  • IMS 510, Digital Development Methods: Theory and Practice (4)
  • IMS 518, Social Media Marketing and Online Community Management (3)
  • IMS/MKT 519, Digital Branding (4)
  • IMS 522, Advanced Web Design (3)

Elective Courses:
Students should select three of the following courses (minimum of 9 credits), not already used above as their foundation course.

  • ENG/IMS 507, Interactive Business Communication (3)
  • IMS 510, Digital Development Methods: Theory and Practice (4)
  • ENG/IMS 511, Visual Rhetoric (3)
  • IMS 512, Advanced Game Studies (3)
  • IMS 513, Usability and Digital Media Design (4)
  • IMS 514, Web and Social Media Analytics (3)
  • IMS 518, Social Media Marketing and Online Community Management (3)
  • IMS/MKT 519, Digital Branding (4)
  • IMS 522, Advanced Web Design (3)
  • IMS 561, Advanced 3D Visualization and Simulation (3)
  • IMS 587, Game Prototyping, Pipeline, and Production (3)
  • IMS 590, Special Topics in Interactive Media Studies (3)
  • IMS 677, Interactive Media Studies Independent Study (3)
  • ENG 514, Usability and User Experience (4)
  • ENG 516, Writing and Designing for International Audiences (3)
  • ENG 760, Issues in Professional Writing (3)
  • MKT 632, Marketing in an Information and Network Economy (4)

Required Practicum:
Students should take the practicum in their last semester of program work, or near the end of their program.

  • IMS 540, Interactive Media Studies Practicum (4)

 

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