Interactive Arts and Media (BFA)
At the forefront of emerging media and technologies, the Interactive Arts and Media Department provides degree programs that are technically rigorous and creatively challenging By learning how to create games, mobile apps, sound designs, interactive media and dynamic interfaces, students in IAM become creative technologists, able to design meaningful experiences in the worlds of entertainment, art, education and industry.
IAM’s state-of-the-art facilities, expert faculty and strong alliances with local and national industry partners ensure that students emerge with the digital toolset and hands-on, team-based experiences necessary to succeed in the expanding arena of game development, mobile computing, web design and interactive art.
Interactive Arts and Media (BFA)
Students in the BFA major learn to integrate image, sound, motion, story and interactivity to create compelling new media works using emerging technologies. Students develop technical, design and conceptual skills to create new forms of digital art and storytelling that emphasize process and experimentation. Technical and aesthetic approaches are grounded in analysis, research and creative problem-solving. Through IAM’s stellar Visiting Artist Program, students interact directly with many of the world’s most renowned New Media Artists. The BFA builds on the IAM BA core classes, while offering greater opportunities for depth, individual expression and the exploration of art history and theory.
Through the BFA program you will use state of the art resources, including a fabrication lab, visual programming software, motion sensors, robotics kits, and a motion capture studio to make generative art, physical and wearable computing, bots, virtual and augmented environments, simulations and computer controlled installations.
The BFA program stresses the importance of theory and research so that you may confidently analyze and author new media cultures, ideas and objects. You will learn to create new technology-based work that builds upon the traditions and aesthetics of new media and interactive theory. By mastering the latest in tools and technologies, while working both independently and as a collaborating team member, you will experience numerous opportunities to exhibit work publically. In addition, you will gain an understanding of the role of curation in the planning, design and implementation of new media productions and exhibitions. You will graduate with a body of work and a professional digital portfolio, fully prepared for careers or postgraduate study as new media or interactive artists.
If you’re interested in transferring credits from another institution that you think would duplicate or substitute for IAM's offerings in the major, you must demonstrate both theoretical and practical proficiency in the subject matter.
For credit in the following core courses, students should be prepared to show online work samples:
- •Digital Image Design (36-1300)
- •Authoring Interactive Media (36-2601)
Recommended First-Semester Classes
We recommend all IAM students take the following courses in their first semester:
- •36-1501 Introduction to Programming
- •36-1010 Computational Media Development
- •36-1300 Digital Image Design