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IMS Co-Major

Co-major in Interactive Media Studies (37 hours)
(Newly revised as of 3/26/12)

Entrance requirements: 2.5 GPA minimum, Interview
Students can apply anytime beginning the second semester of the first-year

Second Year: Foundation (12 hours total)
Take all four courses:
ENG/IMS 224 Digital Rhetoric (3)
IMS 201 Information Studies: Digital Age (3)
IMS 222 Web Interaction Programming (3)
IMS 254 Design Principles Applied (3)

Second and Third Year: Foundation Tracks (9 hours total)
Take 2 courses from one list, 1 course from the other list

Making:
IMS 257 Web and Interaction Design (3) (required)
IMS 212 The Design of Play (3)
IMS 253 Building Interactive Objects (3)
ART/IMS 259 Art and Digital Tools 1 (3)
IMS 356 Interactive Animation (formerly titled “Flash Animation”) (3)
IMS 461 Advanced 3D Visualization and Simulation (3)

Analyzing:
IMS 413/513 Usability and Digital Media (4) (required)
IMS 211 The Analysis of Play (3)
ENG/IMS 238 Narrative and Digital Technology (3)
IMS 261 Information and Data Visualization (3)
IMS/MKT 419 Digital Branding (4)
IMS 414/514 Web and Social Media Analytics (3)
COM 143 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

Third and Fourth Year: Advanced Track (9 hours total)

If a track is pre-approved (below) the student can begin the track without advisor approval. If a student would like to design their own track from the list of track courses (and/or other courses that might be available throughout the university) they are required to meet with their assigned advisor and get “sign-off” on the track no later than immediately following completion of the first course in the track. All/any modifications to pre-approved tracks and/or self-designed tracks need to be approved by the Chief Departmental Advisor of AIMS. IMS 390 Special Topics and IMS 490/590 Advanced Topics can be used with CDA approval. (Courses from the Making and Analyzing foundation tracks can also be used in the advanced track, but they must be in addition to those hours – no double-dipping)

Pre-Approved Tracks (choose three courses within a track):
Game Design: IMS 212, IMS 319, IMS 487, IMS 445
Game Development: IMS 259, CSE 251, IMS 487, IMS 445
Game Studies: IMS 211, IMS 225, IMS 238, IMS 487
Interactive Business:  IMS/MKT 419, IMS 407, IMS 418, IMS 414
Art and Interaction: ART 259, IMS 319, IMS/MUS 303 or IMS/MUS 221, ARC 404.Y
Web Development and Design: IMS 222, IMS 413, IMS 356, IMS 422
Animation: IMS/ART 259, IMS/ART 359, IMS 356, IMS 319
Comparative Media Studies: COM 211, CMS 201, CMS 301, COM 354 or 355
Visualization: IMS 259, IMS 261, IMS 461, IMS/JRN/STA 404

Complete List of Track Courses:
IMS 211 The Analysis of Play (3)
IMS 212 The Design of Play (3)
IMS/MUS 221 Music Technologies (3)
EDP/IMS 225 Games and Learning (3)
ENG/IMS 224 Digital Rhetoric (3)
ENG/IMS 238 Narrative and Digital Technology (3)
IMS 253 Building Interactive Objects (3)
ART/IMS 259 Art and Digital Tools (3)
IMS 261 Information and Data Visualization (3)
JRN/IMS 303 Online Journalism (3)
MUS 303/IMS 304 Electronic Music (3)
IMS 319 3D and Animation (3)
IMS 333 Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3)
IMS 351 Introduction to Mobile App Development (3)
IMS 355 Principles and Practices of Managing Interactive Projects (3)
IMS 356 Flash Animation (3)
ART/IMS 359 Art and Digital Tools 2 (3)
any IMS 390 Special Topics in IMS (3)
any IMS 490 Advanced Topics in IMS (3)
IMS/STA/JRN 404 Visualizing Information (3)
ARC 404.Y Mind and Medium (3)
IMS 407 Interactive Business Communication (3)
IMS 410 Digital Development Methods (4)
IMS/ENG 411 Visual Rhetoric (3)
IMS 413 Usability and Digital Media (4)
IMS 414 Web and Social Media Analytics (3)
IMS 418 Social Media Marketing (3)
IMS/MKT 419 Digital Branding (4)
IMS 422 Advanced Web Design (3)
IMS 445 Game Design (3)
IMS 461 Advanced 3D Visualization and Simulation (3)
IMS 487 Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production (3)
COM 143 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
COM 211 Electronic Media (3)
COM 354 Media and Society (3)
COM 355 (3) Media Technology (3)
CMS 201 Introduction to Comparative Media Studies (3)
CMS 301 Comparative Approaches to Media Studies (3)
CSE 251 Introduction to Game Programming (3)
CSE 252 Web Application Programming (3)
MIS 245 Database Systems and Data Warehousing (3)

Third/Fourth Year: Upper-level Requirements (7 hours total)
IMS 452 Senior Degree Project (3)
IMS 440 Armstrong Interactive Capstone (4)

Specifically Suggested Electives:
ART/IMS 340 Internship (2)
ART256 Design, Perception & Audience (3)
CFA111 Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking (3)
IMS/ENG 171 Humanities and Technology (3)