Interaction Design B.A. or B.F.A.
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The B.A. or B.F.A. in Media Arts with a concentration in Interaction Design prepares students for a rewarding career designing content and its presentation for the screen and for installation. Students learn how to plan, design, and build intuitive interactive experiences for various media and different user demographics. They have access to various digital fabrication tools, such as 3D printers, a laser cutter and vacuum former to create physical prototypes. Additionally, students have use of fully functional servers to launch and edit screen-based experiences from personal computers or handheld devices.

Graduates go on to careers in interaction design. Jobs include user experience designer, game designer, digital designer, creative lead, multimedia designer and front-end developer.

Contact Information

Helena Vanhala 
Department Head
vanhala@rmu.edu
412-397-6202 phone
Wheatley Center 313

4-Year Course Plan (B.A.)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • ARTM1010 Foundation Studio
  • ARTM1020 2D Studio, and co-req ARTM0102 2D Studio Lab
  • ARTM1830 History of Visual Comm
  • Core 1: MATH
  • Core 2: CSEN 1
  • Freshman Seminar

Freshman Year, Spring

  • ARTM1011 Concept Studio
  • ARTM1021 3D Studio, and co-req ARTM0121 3D Studio Lab
  • ARTM2020 Digital Imaging
  • Core 3: CSEN 2
  • Core 4

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • ARTM1022 4D Studio, and co-req ARTM0122 4D Studio Lab
  • ARTM2110 Intro to Graphic Design
  • Core 5: CSCM 1
  • Core 6
  • Open Elective 1

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • ARTM2210 Intro to Web Design
  • ARTM2220 Designing for New Media
  • ARTM2120 Vector Graphics
  • Core 7: CSCM 2
  • Core 8

Junior Year, Fall

  • ARTM2115 Intro to Typography
  • ARTM3210 HTML Toolbox
  • ARTM3110 Design Studio I
  • Open Elective 2
  • Core 9

Junior Year, Spring

  • ARTM2230 3D Modeling Workshop
  • MARK2000 Principles of Marketing
  • Open Elective 3
  • Open Elective 4
  • Core 10
  • Core 11

Senior Year, Fall

  • ARTM3220 Interaction Design
  • COMM4800 Media Management
  • Open Elective 5
  • Open Elective 6
  • Core 12
  • ARTM4903 Internship
    • or in Senior Spring

Senior Year, Spring

  • ARTM4210 Interactive Web Animation
  • ARTM4090 Portfolio, and co-req ARTM0400 Professional Practices Lab
  • Open Elective 7
  • Open elective 8
  • Core 13
  • ARTM4903 Internship
    • or in Senior Fall
4-Year Course Plan (B.F.A)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • ARTM1010 Foundation Studio
  • ARTM1020 2D Studio & Lab
  • ARTM1830 History of Visual Comm
  • Core 1: MATH
  • Core 2: CSEN 1
  • Freshman seminar

Freshman Year, Spring

  • ARTM1030 Survey of Art History
  • ARTM1011 Concept Studio
  • ARTM1021 3D Studio
  • ARTM2020 Digital Imaging
  • Core 3: CSEN 2

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • ARTM1022 4D Studio & Lab
  • ARTM2110 Intro to Graphic Design
  • ARTM2220 Designing for New Media
  • Core 4: CSCM 1
  • Core 5

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • ARTM1023 Intro to Printmaking
  • ARTM2210 Intro to Web Design
  • ARTM2120 Vector Graphics
  • Core 6: CSCM 2
  • Core 7

Junior Year, Fall

  • ARTM3210 HTML Toolbox
  • ARTM2010 Idea Development & Storyboarding
  • ARTM3110 Design Studio 1
  • ARTM2115 Intro to Typography
  • Core 8
  • Core 9

Junior Year, Spring

  • ARTM2005 Intro to Photo
  • ARTM2230 3D Modeling Workshop
  • Media Arts Elective 1
  • MARK2000 Principles of Marketing
  • Core 10
  • Core 11

Senior Year, Fall

  • ARTM4210 Interactive Web Animation
  • ARTM4010 Senior Studio
  • ARTM2410 Intro to Multi Camera Studio & Lab
  • Media Arts Elective 2 OR ARTM4903 Internship
  • Core 12

Senior Year, Spring

  • ARTM3220 Interaction Design
  • ARTM4090 Portfolio & ARTM0400 Professional Practices Lab
  • Media Arts Elective 2 OR ARTM4903 Internship
  • COMM4800 Media Management
  • Core 13

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Designing for New Media
3D Modeling Workshop
Interaction Design
Major Credits
57
Communications, Media Arts, Marketing
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
30

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