Interactive Media Studies

Degree

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?

Interdisciplinary

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..

Concentrations

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.

What can I do with this major?

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.

Who can I contact for more information?

Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies
2045 FSB
Oxford, OH 45056
513-529-1637
aims@MiamiOH.edu
MiamiOH.edu/ims