Courses

Innovative Media is a truly interdisciplinary program drawing on course from the Digital Art and Design Program, Mass Media, Innovative Media (courses unique to the program) and elective courses from other disciplines throughout the university. The course listed here are core courses to the major and minor. You can find the specific curriculum requirements on other links in with in the Innovative Media section.

ART 1793 - Digital Skills for Artists

A foundation level art and design course. Students learn the use of digital tools to accomplish tasks such as scanning images, storing files, working on a network, creating vector graphic and bitmap graphic images, and effective use of the Internet for research, social networking, etc. This course is designed for students with all levels of experience. Projects are used to teach the concepts and digital tools available to artists and designers.

MMC 1023 - News Reporting/Writing

The basic course in writing for print and digital newspapers. Study of reporting techniques, with intensive laboratory practice in gathering, evaluating, and writing the basic types of news stories. Writing for the campus newspaper, the Oracle, be required

IMD 2061-3 - Innovative Media Practicum

This course can be taken for 1, 2 or 3 credit hours. Supervised work for one semester in the Integrated Media Lab. The course may be repeated. A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a degree. Enrollment for more than one hour credit requires the consent of the instructor. The course endeavors to nurture the capacity to acquire knowledge, develop understanding, think critically, think creatively, and write effectively

MMC 2123 - Production Methods I

A survey of the various aspects of TV production: Techniques of directing, floor managing, performing; hands-on experience with studio and field equipment; writing proposals, videoscripts, storyboards.

ART 2613 - The Digital Image

Students master digital image making techniques in this project driven course. This course is an introduction to the concepts needed for illustration, 3D modeling, interactive design, and motion graphics. Students explore the blending of several mediums simultaneously. Prerequisite: ART 1793. Students may be admitted by permission of the instructor. Photo I is helpful.

MMC 4043 - Media Law and Ethics

In-depth study of journalism history, law, ethics and literature and the interrelation of each with society. Special emphasis on the history of free speech; the evolution of the rights, privileges and restrictions of the media; and self-imposed and public restrictions on news coverage and the ethics of journalism across various platforms.

IMD 4041, 4042, 4043 - Innovative Media Practicum (upper-level)

This course can be taken for 1, 2 or 3 credit hours. Supervised work for one semester in the Integrated Media Lab. The course may be repeated. A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a degree. Enrollment for more than one hour credit requires the consent of the instructor. The course endeavors to nurture the capacity to acquire knowledge, develop understanding, think critically, think creatively, and write effectively

ART 3463 - The Digital Page

This course gives students the knowledge they need to begin producing print, web and media-based graphic design. The tools and skills for using typography, grid systems, and other elements, and principles of page design are the focus of this course. An intermediate skill level using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is required. Prerequisite: ART 1793, ART 2613

ART 3803 - Interactive Design

Students produce computer-based, interactive projects designing UI/UX. Tools such as WordPress, Adobe Muse, and Adobe Edge Animate are used to teach students the concepts of user interface and experience, as well as animation for web and interactive media, often working with real-world clients. Principles taught in this course include interface and navigation design, animation, and digital sound production. Prerequisites: ART 3463

MMC 3083 - Electronic Editing and Design

Collection and preparation of news stories, photographs and graphics for digital and print distribution. Principles of editing, layout, typography, headline writing, graphic creation, and applicable press law and policy will be emphasized. Prerequisite: MMC 1023

MMC 4803 - Online Journalism

A course designed to introduce students to professional writing for current markets, such as online magazines, digital newspapers, interactive reference works, interactive fiction, direct-distribution media, etc.

ART 4823 - Motion Graphics

Students explore nonlinear digital video editing digital effects editing, digital sound editing and other motion-based special effects techniques. Prerequisite: ART 3803.

MMC 3263 - Video Art

Introduction to using the video medium for self-expression and/or public issues: Students are encouraged to create original works based on their own fields of interest (poetry, art, music, history, etc.), some of which will be aired on local cablevision. Permission of instructor required

IMD 4033 - Digital Publishing

As the nature of books, magazines and written media changes, our need to explore future methods of delivery and publishing grows. This course examines the emergence of media such as electronic books from historical, critical and professional perspectives. Students will develop an understanding of current practices in electronic publishing, and the class will engage in projects utilizing new publishing methods. 

ART 4583 - Advanced Studio-Media and Design

This course is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of students in advanced stages of the degree program. Students work with projects developed by a faculty advisor or a project proposed by the students themselves (the choice of the advisor). The emphasis is on advanced print or media design projects. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.

IMD 4041, 4042, 4043 - Independent Study In Innovative Media

This course can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours.  Students work with projects developed by a faculty advisor or with projects proposed by the students themselves (the choice of the instructor). The emphasis is on advanced projects, some of which will be tied to actual clients. Require the consent of the instructor.

IMD 4053 - Special Topics in Innovative Media

Issues in contemporary digital media will be studied as appropriate in a given semester. May be repeated.

IMD 4073 - Innovative Media Internship

Prearranged and supervised employment with local, regional or national media — newspapers, radio and television stations or with public relations, marketing, online media production firms or civic groups. The goal is to offer students experience in areas that emphasize digital delivery systems. If taken while enrolled as a regular student, no more than three hours credit may be gained n any one semester and may be repeated to a maximum of six hours credit. Requires consent of the instructor.