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The Media School

Concentration in Interactive and Digital Media (Bachelor of Arts in Media)

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements MDAC02

Interactive and Digital Media graduates explore and shape the world through code, data, research, design, and storytelling. Students leave the program with a solid grasp of Web and mobile technologies, powerful design skills, and an appreciation of the context in which digital media storytelling is created. The concentration prepares students to produce comprehensive, ready-for-online-publication media artifacts that include online applications with original graphics, photos and video, and interactive data-driven visualization for use by commercial and non-profit organizations.


The major requires at least 36 credit hours (12 in the Media Core, 15 in the Concentration, and 9 in the Specialization), including the requirements listed below.
  1. The Media School Core.
    1. Introduction to Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 101 Media
    2. Managing Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 200 The Videogame Industry: Systems and Management
      • MSCH-C 203 Foundations of Journalism
      • MSCH-C 204 Behind the Prize
      • MSCH-C 207 Introduction to Media Industry and Management
      • MSCH-C 208 Principles of Public Relations
    3. Thinking Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 210 Introduction to Games
      • MSCH-C 211 Screening Gender and Sexuality
      • MSCH-C 212 Screening Race and Ethnicity
      • MSCH-C 213 Introduction to Media Psychology
      • MSCH-C 214 Race, Prejudice, and the Media
      • MSCH-C 215 History of Videogames
      • MSCH-C 216 Social Scientific Perspectives of Gender and Media
      • MSCH-C 218 Sports, Media and Society
      • MSCH-C 219 Media in the Global Context
      • MSCH-C 241 Watching Film
      • MSCH-C 247 Screen Cultures
      • MSCH-C 249 Media Technologies and Culture
    4. Making Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 250 Story Lab I
  2. Concentration.
    1. Game Technology. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 220 Game Technology
    2. Digital Media Production. Four (4) courses:
      • MSCH-G 300 Game Production I
      • MSCH-G 320 Game Art and Sound
      • MSCH-G 340 Animation for Digital Media
      • MSCH-G 360 Game Experience Design
      • MSCH-G 366 Narrative Design
      • MSCH-G 372 Board Game Design
      • MSCH-G 390 Topics in Game Design and Development
      • MSCH-G 420 Game Character Art
      • MSCH-G 430 Introduction to 3D Modeling
      • MSCH-G 444 Viewing History Through Games
      • MSCH-G 480 Virtual Worlds Design
      • MSCH-J 362 Journalism Multimedia Storytelling
      • MSCH-J 363 Web and Mobile Design
      • MSCH-J 365 Graphic Design I
      • MSCH-J 464 Infographics
      • MSCH-J 465 Graphic Design II
      • MSCH-X 360 The Media School in Los Angeles
      • MSCH-X 373
    3. Additional Requirements.
      • At least nine (9) credit hours in the concentration must be at the 300–499 level.
      • Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the concentration.
      • A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the concentration—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
  3. Specialization. One (1) of the following Media Specializations (see requirements below):
    • Game Art
    • Game Audio
    • Game Production
    • Web
  4. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the MSCH prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception
  • Any course, consistent with the policies herein, that is part of a concentration, track, and/or specialization being pursued as part of this academic program

The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements or the College Breadth requirement:

  • No common exclusions

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (JOURBAJ)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts (CINEARTBFA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Game Design (GAMEDSGNBS)
  • Certificate in New Media and Interactive Storytelling (NMISTACRT1)
  • Minor in Black Cinema and Media Studies (BLKCNMDMIN)
  • Minor in Cinema and Media Studies (CNMDASTMIN)
  • Minor in Film Production (FILMPRDMIN)
  • Minor in Game Design (GAMEDSNMIN)
  • Minor in Global Media (GLVMDIAMIN)
  • Minor in Media and Creative Advertising (MDCRADMIN)
  • Minor in Media and Diversity (MDIADIVMIN)
  • Minor in Media Law and Ethics (MDLWETMIN)
  • Minor in Media Persuasion (MDIAPRSMIN)
  • Minor in Media, Sex and Gender (MDGNDRMIN)
  • [Name unavailable] (NMISTACRT)
  • [Name unavailable] (PBLCRELMIN)
  • [Name unavailable] (FAMEDIAMIN)
  • [Name unavailable] (SPORTMDMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.