Interactive Digital Media

Major: Interactive Digital Media
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 186.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 11.0801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 15-1134; 27-1014

 

About the Major

We design for people, not screens. We are the evangelists of interactivity. We focus on humans and their behavior; on verbs, not nouns. We are empathetic. We care about the user experience. Great content and great design are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to interactive products that engage the mind, heart and body. We aim for design that engages and delights. We are passionate. We create digital products that promote and inspire human activity, and which adapt to individual choice and deliver personalized content. Our products and processes are agile. They can change gracefully over time and still retain their own unique identity. We are future-proof.

Here, we understand that the past is just as important as the future. We learn the core principles to define and stay ahead of the curve. We are flexible and versatile. We know that in an industry of constant change our work is never done and our education never stops. We prepare for this change by building upon a solid foundation in order to discover the trends of tomorrow. To us, work and play have the same definition. We are curious.

We believe that discoveries are made through experimentation and that magical things happen through collaboration. Desktops, laptops, mobile devices, glasses and watches are only the beginning. We know that anything that can be connected will be connected. We are adaptable. While others focus on technology, we choose to focus on creativity. We believe that design and code are inseparable. They are the tools that we use to render the intent of our imagination.

 Additional Information

To find out more, visit the Westphal College’s Interactive Digital Media Major web page.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
PHYS 122Physical Science for Design II4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Arts and humanities elective3.0
History (HIST) elective3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective3.0
Social science electives9.0
Free electives24.0
Art and Art History Requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
Media and Information Science Requirements
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
FMVD 206Audio Production and Post3.0
IDM 211User Interface Design I3.0
IDM 212User Interface Design II3.0
IDM 231Scripting for Interactive Digital Media I3.0
IDM 232Scripting for Interactive Digital Media II3.0
Digital Media Core Requirements
ANIM 140Computer Graphics Imagery I3.0
ANIM 152Multimedia Timeline Design3.0
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
DIGM 105Overview of Digital Media3.0
DIGM 223Creative Concept Design3.0
DIGM 250Professional Practices3.0
DIGM 350 [WI] Digital Storytelling3.0
DIGM 451 [WI] Explorations in New Media3.0
DIGM 475 [WI] Seminar: The Future of Digital Media3.0
DIGM 490Digital Media Senior Project9.0
DIGM 491Digital Media Senior Project Studio3.0
GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
IDM 221Web Design I3.0
Interactive Digital Media Requirements
IDM 101History of Web Development3.0
IDM 215User Experience Design3.0
IDM 222Web Design II3.0
IDM 240Interactive Graphics3.0
IDM 245Web Game Design3.0
IDM 250Content Management Systems3.0
IDM 361Interactive App Design I3.0
IDM 371Interactive Digital Media Workshop I3.0
IDM 372Interactive Digital Media Workshop II3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Interactive App Design II
Special Topics in Interactive Digital Media
Experimental Interactive Technologies
Independent Project in Interactive Digital Media
Total Credits186.0

 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
DIGM 105Overview of Digital Media3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
ANIM 140Computer Graphics Imagery I3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
PHYS 122Physical Science for Design II4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ANIM 152Multimedia Timeline Design3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
IDM 101History of Web Development3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
DIGM 223Creative Concept Design3.0
GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
IDM 211User Interface Design I3.0
IDM 221Web Design I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
IDM 212User Interface Design II3.0
IDM 222Web Design II3.0
IDM 231Scripting for Interactive Digital Media I3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 6
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
FMVD 206Audio Production and Post3.0
IDM 215User Experience Design3.0
IDM 232Scripting for Interactive Digital Media II3.0
IDM 240Interactive Graphics3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
DIGM 250Professional Practices3.0
IDM 245Web Game Design3.0
IDM 250Content Management Systems3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
DIGM 451 [WI] Explorations in New Media3.0
IDM 361Interactive App Design I3.0
IDM 371Interactive Digital Media Workshop I3.0
Arts and Humanities elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
DIGM 350 [WI] Digital Storytelling3.0
IDM 372Interactive Digital Media Workshop II3.0
Free elective 3.0
History (HIST) Elective3.0
IDM Elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
DIGM 490Digital Media Senior Project3.0
DIGM 491Digital Media Senior Project Studio1.0
Free Elective3.0
IDM Elective 3.0
Literature (ENGL) Elective3.0
Social Science Elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
DIGM 490Digital Media Senior Project3.0
DIGM 491Digital Media Senior Project Studio1.0
Free Electives 9.0
Social Science Elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 12
DIGM 475 [WI] Seminar: The Future of Digital Media3.0
DIGM 490Digital Media Senior Project3.0
DIGM 491Digital Media Senior Project Studio1.0
Free electives 6.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 186.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Students who study interactive digital media can move on to careers as web designers, graphic designers, digital media designers, user research & experience specialists, multimedia artists, interactive designers, web programmers, and web user interface designers.

Co-op Experiences

Some past co-op employers of film and video students include: 

  • Brownstein Group
  • Comcast
  • Digitas Health
  • eCity Interactive
  • Electronic Ink
  • Happy Cog

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center web page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Dual Accelerated Degree

The accelerated degree program enables academically qualified students to earn both their bachelor's degree and a master's degree in digital media — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs.

Current Drexel digital media students may apply for the accelerated BS/MS degree through the Office of Graduate Studies after completing 90.0 credits, but no more than 120.0 credits. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for further information.

Minor in Interactive Digital Media

The Interactive Digital Media Minor requires the completion of eight courses (minimum 24 credits). The minor provides basic foundations in interactivity, including: design and development of websites and mobile applications with the opportunity for individualized tailoring according to the student's interests. It is open to all University students and is administered and advised by the Digital Media program.

Required Courses
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
IDM 221Web Design I3.0
Select six of the following:18.0
Introduction to Web Development
History of Web Development
User Interface Design I
User Interface Design II
User Experience Design
Web Design II
Scripting for Interactive Digital Media I
Scripting for Interactive Digital Media II
Interactive Graphics
Web Game Design
Content Management Systems
Interactive App Design I
Interactive App Design II
Interactive Digital Media Workshop I
Interactive Digital Media Workshop II
Special Topics in Interactive Digital Media
Experimental Interactive Technologies
Human-Computer Interaction I
Web Systems and Services I
Web Systems and Services II
Total Credits24.0

Facilities

Digital media program facilities include a motion capture and green screen studio, a screening room,  DSLR digital still cameras, HD video cameras and lighting equipment, triple boot PowerMac stations (Mac / Windows / Unix) with dual monitors, wacom tablets, game consoles, mobile devices, and 2 undergraduate open labs with 24/7 access.

Additionally, the program houses the RePlay Lab in the URBN Center which is a collaborative effort between the Digital Media program and the Computer Science department (in the College of Engineering). At Drexel University, game development does not "live" in solely one department, and so mirrors the true nature of game development in commercial settings.

Courses

IDM 100 Introduction to Web Development 3.0 Credits

This is an entry level course for non-interactive digital media majors that introduces students to the process of managing online content as well as how to define the presentation styles and interaction modes for the user through the use of a content management system.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDM 101 History of Web Development 3.0 Credits

This course explores all aspects of web development including the foundations of web technologies, formulation of web standards and how the individual web surfer's wants and needs have changed over time. Also discussed will be ground-breaking websites and the evolution of interface design for the web.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDM 211 User Interface Design I 3.0 Credits

This course covers the design, prototyping, and evaluation of graphical user interfaces by exploring topics like human capabilities, input technologies, heuristic evaluation, and design methods, principles and rules. We will learn how to design aesthetically pleasing user interfaces, covering important design principles (learnability, visibility, error prevention, efficiency, and visual design) and the human capabilities that motivate them (including perception, motor skills, color vision, attention, and human error).

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: DIGM 100 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 212 User Interface Design II 3.0 Credits

This course builds upon the topics covered in User Interface Design I by exploring advanced topics of graphical user interface design for desktop, mobile, and touch screen devices.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 211 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 215 User Experience Design 3.0 Credits

In this course, students learn to identify and implement the elements required to create incredible digital experiences. Through the application of user-centered design practices, students will develop predictive and enjoyable designs based on a holistic consideration of users’ experience. Topics covered in this course include brand personality, research strategies, content strategy, information architecture, and usability.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 212 [Min Grade: D] and IDM 231 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 221 Web Design I 3.0 Credits

This course is a comprehensive overview of the design, creation, delivery and maintenance of functional, standards-based content on the Internet. Students will learn the aesthetics of web design alongside the underlying markup languages. They will critically evaluate web design quality, learn how to create and maintain quality web sites, and learn about accessibility and web design standards, and why they are important.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: DIGM 100 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 222 Web Design II 3.0 Credits

This course builds upon the topics covered in Web Authoring I by exploring advanced web development topics and current industry best practices.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 221 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 231 Scripting for Interactive Digital Media I 3.0 Credits

This course explores modern client-side scripting languages that interact with the user, control the browser, communicate asynchronously, and alter document content and functionality.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 221 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 232 Scripting for Interactive Digital Media II 3.0 Credits

This course explores modern server-side technologies for Internet based delivery of dynamic content that connect to and manipulate database content. Students learn how to build interactive, data-driven products.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 231 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 240 Interactive Graphics 3.0 Credits

In this course, students learn how to use modern development techniques to create responsive and scalable two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and dynamic animation. Topics include styling and transforming vector graphics, raster graphics, and text where the implementation takes future growth into consideration.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 222 [Min Grade: D] and (IDM 231 [Min Grade: D] or INFO 151 [Min Grade: D])

IDM 245 Web Game Design 3.0 Credits

Examines multimedia-authoring tools used to create interactive games. Students learn real world production techniques as they master advanced game design concepts.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 240 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 250 Content Management Systems 3.0 Credits

Students set up a content management system and develop a custom theme. Includes project planning, organizing and maintaining a quality code base.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 222 [Min Grade: D] and (IDM 232 [Min Grade: D] or INFO 152 [Min Grade: D])

IDM 361 Interactive App Design I 3.0 Credits

Focuses on creating user experiences optimized for mobile devices. Students learn to build unique web applications that take advantage modern mobile capabilities. Special consideration is given to limited screen real estate, low bandwidth Internet access, no Internet access, and touch screen devices.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 240 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 362 Interactive App Design II 3.0 Credits

This course builds upon the topics covered in Mobile Interactive Design I by exploring how to convert web-based applications into cross-platform native applications for mobile devices. Special consideration is given to incorporating functionality that is currently unavailable in web-based applications.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (IDM 232 [Min Grade: D] or INFO 152 [Min Grade: D]) and IDM 361 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 371 Interactive Digital Media Workshop I 3.0 Credits

This course explores the developing or redesigning a successful interactive digital experience. Students work in team environments to analyze project requirements, develop a strategy for development, and utilize their design skills to present their findings to the client.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 215 [Min Grade: D] and IDM 250 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 372 Interactive Digital Media Workshop II 3.0 Credits

This course builds upon the topics covered in Interactive Digital Media Workshop II by continuing to work in a team environment to building a high-fidelity interactive digital media prototype with a focus on usability testing.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 371 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 380 Special Topics in Interactive Digital Media 0.5-6.0 Credits

Addresses current topics in a rapidly changing field. Possible offerings include; multimedia databases, virtual and augmented reality, 3-D XML, interactive art in virtual space, and multi-threaded narrative, etc... May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDM 381 Experimental Interactive Technologies 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on researching new innovations in experimental digital media technologies.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: IDM 211 [Min Grade: D] and IDM 250 [Min Grade: D]

IDM 399 Independent Project in Interactive Digital Media 0.5-6.0 Credits

Supervised planning and execution of a project in the area of Interactive Digital Media.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

Cinema and Television Faculty

Glen Muschio, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Digital media, society, communication.
Lise Raven, MFA (New York University). Assistant Professor. Filmmaker.
Philip W. Salas, BS (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Utilization of advanced set top box data to measure fragmented viewing behavior. Impact of new television distribution technologies on traditional broadcasters and multichannel program providers.
David A. Schwartz, BA (Rider University). Associate Teaching Professor. Steadicam operator; cameraman.
Andrew Susskind, BA (Harvard University) Program Director of TV Production & Media Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Independent television producer and director.
Albert S. Tedesco, MA (University of Pennsylvania) Director of the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Impact of digital media on broadcast television; broadcasters' response to the challenge of new media; management of publicly and privately held communications companies.
Jervis Thompson, BS (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Digital media, interactive multimedia.
Gregory S. Wolmart, MFA (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Cinema studies; film history.
Jichen Zhu, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Developing humanistic and interpretive framework of computational technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), and constructing AI-based cultural artifacts; interactive storytelling, games and software studies.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Lawrence Epstein, MBA (Cornell University) Interim Department Head, Arts & Entertainment Enterprise. Associate Teaching Professor.
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