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IMS Major

The BA in Interactive Media Studies is an interdisciplinary major that is designed to complement traditional disciplinary-focused liberal education content. This major includes courses that span across the breadth of Miami University’s offerings. The IMS major brings the inherently interdisciplinary world of technology to the traditionally disciplined student. There are two foundation tracks to give students a breadth of understanding from two key foci — making and analyzing. Advanced track “concentrations” within the major allow students to focus their experience on a particular area of interactive media.

  • 54 hours total within the Major
  • 36 MPF hours (3 required hours overlap = 33 hours)
  • 9 Thematic Hours
  • Capstone Requirement (4 required hours overlap)
  • 32 Elective Hours

Entrance requirements:

  • 2.5 GPA minimum
  • Interview

Second Year:

Foundation: (12 hours total)

  • IMS 201 Information Studies: Digital Age (3)
  • ENG/IMS 224 Digital Rhetoric (3)
  • IMS 254 Design Principles Applied (3) (new course)
  • IMS 222 Web Interaction Programming (3) (new course)

Second and Third Year:

Foundation Tracks: (18 hours total)

Take 3 courses in each 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) (MP)

Third and Fourth Year:

Design your Own Advanced Track: (12 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/Co-Director 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:

  • Game Design: IMS 212, IMS 319, IMS 487, IMS 455
  • Game Development: IMS 259, CSE 251, IMS 487, IMS 455
  • 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
  • Web Development and Design: IMS 222, IMS 413, IMS/ART 359, IMS 356
  • Animation: IMS/ART 259, IMS/ART 359, IMS 356, IMS 319
  • Comparative Media Studies: COM 211, CMS 201, CMS 301, COM 354 or 355

List of Track Courses:

  • IMS 211 The Analysis of Play (3)
  • IMS 212 The Design of Play (3)
  • IMS/MUS 221 Music Technologies (3)
  • ENG/IMS 224 Digital Rhetoric (3)
  • EDP/IMS 225 Games and Learning (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 356 Flash Animation (3)
  • ART/IMS 359 Art and Digital Tools 2 (3)
  • Any IMS 390 Special Topics in IMS (3)
  • IMS 404.Y/ARC 404.Y Mind and Medium (3)
  • IMS 407/507 Interactive Business Communication (3)
  • IMS 410/510 Digital Development Methods (4)
  • IMS/ENG 411 Visual Rhetoric (3)
  • IMS 413/513 Usability and Digital Media (4)
  • IMS 414/514 Web and Social Media Analytics (3)
  • IMS 418/518 Social Media Marketing (3)
  • IMS/MKT 419 Digital Branding (4)
  • IMS 422/522 Advanced Web Design (3)
  • IMS 445 Game Design (3)
  • IMS 461/561 Advanced 3D Visualization and Simulation (3)
  • IMS 487/587 Game Prototyping, Pipeline and Production (3)
  • Any IMS 490/590 Advanced Topics in IMS (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: (12 hours total)

  • ART/IMS 340 Internship (2)
  • IMS 355 Principles and Practices of Managing Interactive Projects (3)
  • IMS 452 Senior Degree Project (3)
  • IMS 440/540 Armstrong Interactive Capstone (4) (MP Capstone)

Specifically Suggested Electives:

  • ART256 Design, Perception & Audience (3)
  • CFA111 Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking (3)
  • IMS/ENG 171 Humanities and Technology (3)