IM Courses

Innovative Media is a truly interdisciplinary program drawing on courses 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, and possible electives you may want to consider. Upper level courses from other areas not listed may be taken in your path of study with approval form your adviser and the instructor for the course. Please see the IM major curriculum checklist for other recommended course for upper level electives.

IMD 1XX3 – Tech Skills for Media (IM Major foundation requirement)
Media, new media and digital communication technology are the basis for many of the courses and project within the Innovative Media program. These encompass a vast amount of technical and creative knowledge. To participate in learning advance ideas and methods, students must first have a base understanding of formats, concepts and terminology for media creation in our technologically driven world. This course is designed to give students baseline knowledge of the latest trends in media creation, as well as offer a sound foundation for working in digital publication, and media design. The course additionally gives students who might focus on media involving sound and imagery media baseline knowledge of formats, terminology, and concept related to these media. These may include video production, sound design, film production, web graphic design, game design, virtual and computer 3D graphics, mixed and augmented reality graphic formats, and baseline knowledge of formats, concepts and practices for these media. This course is project driven. Each project is designed to teach students to work in these areas by creating related work.

ART 1793 – Digital Skills for Artists (IM Major foundation requirement – Alternative)
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 (IM Major foundation requirement)
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. News Reporting has a co-requisite: MMC 1091 Newspaper Practicum. With the permission of your advisor you may substitute this with IM Practicum.

IMD 2113 – Innovative Media Project (IM Major foundation requirement)
Open to all students regardless of major, but IM majors and minors must participate in several IM project courses. This entry level course engages students in team-oriented, project-driven learning experiences. Based on current trends in media, popular culture and technology, interdisciplinary entrepreneurial teams tackle the goal of creating marketable products. Recent projects have included a social app for the School of Business, drone-shot recruitment commercials, a game-like virtual reality quiz on barrier reef health and sea sponge anatomy, and the development of an online magazine.

IMD 2061 – Innovative Media Practicum
This course can be taken for 1 credit hour. 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

EDU 2023 – Serious Play: An Introduction to Teaching and Learning Through Games.
This course explores the theory and implementation of educational games, simulations, and Internet culture for improved instructional engagement. Participants will explore the foundational, social and cultural implications of these new media. We will examine how educators can leverage students’ interests in digital culture to extend their learning and keep them engaged in the course content. The course itself organized as a game that explores the theories of educational gaming, and the practical aspects of evaluating and implementing games, simulations, and virtual environments for teaching and learning.

MMC 2123 – Production Methods I (IM Major foundation requirement)
A survey of the aspects of TV production: Techniques of directing, floor managing, performing; hands-on experience with studio and field equipment; writing proposals, video scripts, storyboards.

ART 2613 – The Digital Image (IM Major foundation requirement)
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.

IMD 3113 – Intermediate Innovative Media Project (IM Major upper level requirement)
Open to all students regardless of major, but IM majors and minors must participate in several IM project courses. This mid-level course is for students with at least one previous IM project. Based on current trends in media, popular culture and technology, interdisciplinary entrepreneurial teams tackle the goal of creating marketable products. Recent projects have included a social app for the School of Business, drone-shot recruitment commercials, a game-like virtual reality quiz on barrier reef health and sea sponge anatomy, and the development of an online magazine.

MMC 4043 – Media Law and Ethics (IM Major upper level requirement)
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 – Innovative Media Practicum (upper-level)
This course can be taken for 1, or 2 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 nurtures the acquisition of knowledge, develop understanding, think critically and 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 digital publishing, and 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 (the choice of the instructor). The emphasis is on advanced projects, some of which will be tied to actual clients. Requires consent of the instructor.

IMD 4053 – Special Topics in Innovative Media
Issues in contemporary media will be studied. May be repeated.

IMD 4123 – Innovative Media Project Leadership I
Open to all students regardless of major, but IM majors and minors must participate in several IM project courses. This advanced-level course is for students with at least two previous IM project courses. As with lower-level IM Project courses, interdisciplinary entrepreneurial teams tackle the task of creating marketable products. This advanced-level course gives students a leadership role on IM project teams.

IMD 4133 – Innovative Media Project Leadership II
Open to all students regardless of major, but IM majors and minors must participate in several IM project courses. This advanced-level course is for students with at least three previous IM project courses. As with the lower-level IM Project courses, interdisciplinary entrepreneurial teams tackle the task of creating marketable products. This advanced-level course gives students a leadership, mentoring and managerial roll on IM project teams.

IMD 4073 – Innovative Media Internship (IM Major upper level requirement)
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 in any one semester and may be repeated to a maximum of six hours credit. Requires consent of the instructor.