Interactive Media Studies


Bachelor of Arts | College of Creative Arts

What is Interactive Media Studies?

Interactive media is the integration of digital media, including combinations of electronic text, graphics, moving images, and sound, into a structured digital computerized environment that allows people to interact with the data for appropriate purposes. Interactive Media Studies is an interdisciplinary program that brings together students and faculty throughout the university to investigate how interactive media informs and transforms their disciplinary perspective. Through problem-based learning and team-oriented projects, students learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge to innovative digital solutions.

What are the features of Miami’s program?


This program includes courses that span across the breadth of Miami University's offerings. From arts to the humanities to computer science, the IMS major brings the inherently interdisciplinary world of technology to the traditionally disciplinary student..


In order to focus their experience on a particular area of interactive media and to better complement their disciplinary area of focus, students choose from among the following four concentrations: Digital Art and Design; Digital Game Studies; Digital Humanities and Social Science; and Self-Designed (adviser approval required).

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Students are admitted to the major upon successful completion of the following requirements:

  • Incoming students can and should declare IMS as their major when they apply to Miami. There are no admission requirements beyond acceptance to Miami.
  • Existing students should apply online. A 2.5 GPA is required. There are a limited number of slots for existing students; acceptance into the major & co-major is competitive and based on a number of criteria beyond GPA . 

What courses would I take?

During your first year of study, you'll begin taking some foundational and Global Miami Plan courses. In your sophomore year, you'll begin taking courses in the IMS major. In your junior and senior years, you'll concentrate on upper-level IMS courses while choosing a specific focus track, and participate in an internship and independent research project.

Full program requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media Studies»

What can I do with this major?

AIMS research includes topics such as e-commerce, computational art, digital humanities, visualization, rapid prototyping, game design, physical computing, web development, game development, game studies, design thinking, interaction design, user experience design, user interface design, usability, Internet and social media marketing, virtual and augmented reality, mobile computing, and mechatronics, just to name a few active areas of interest.

Who can I contact for more information?

Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies
203 Laws Hall
Oxford, OH 45056