Digital Media: Interactive Design and Media

In fall 2020, we revised our Web Development concentration. Web development is still an important focus. The revisions reflect a growing need for our students to design interfaces and user experiences for an expanding array of products and technology platforms such as mobile apps, websites, smartwatches, home appliances, vehicle dashboard displays, desktop apps, augmented reality, and much more.

The new Interactive Design and Media (ID&M) concentration brings together design, human-technology interaction, digital media, and information technology. Design (a process of conceiving, planning and making of products) is central to ID&M.

Through hands-on courses and with real-world clients, students:

  • design and prototype websites and mobile apps
  • design interfaces and user experiences, including locative media, wearable electronics, interactive narratives and extended or augmented reality
  • evaluate usability
  • create and optimize media
  • apply design processes and standards
  • create database-driven content
  • develop interactive client-side web interfaces

Our Graduates

Graduates work across industries (e.g., business, publishing, healthcare, education) in areas such as User Interface (UI) Design, User Experience (UX) Design, Digital Media, Web and Mobile Design and Development, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Interaction Design (IxD), and Usability.

Glassdoor ranked front-end designer-engineer (#1), user experience (UX) designer (#38) and design manager (#48) in the "50 Best Jobs in America" in 2020.

Accelerated Path to M.F.A.

Interested in Interactive Design? Undergraduate students in the Media department can enter an accelerated path to a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree.

Interactive Design and Media (36 Credits)

MDIA 140 Media Literacy
MDIA 260 Media Design
MDIA 465W Media Ethics
MDIA 473 Media Law
DMA 226 Interactive Media and Design
DMA 308 Interactive Design Studio (Methods)
DMA 318 Interactive Design Studio (Process)
DMA 331 Web and Mobile Design
DMA 464 Human Computer Interaction
DMA 462 Elements of User Experience (UX) Design
DMA 472 Dev. Studio I (Creative Coding)
DMA 475 Dev. Studio II (Cross-Channel Experiences)


Dr. William Gibbs (

Minoring in Digital Media Arts