BS in Interactive Media

Bachelor of Science 2011-2012

Interactive Media

The BS in Interactive Media degree prepares students for the expanding field of interaction design and its application to multimedia and web development. The base program integrates technical and artistic disciplines. Technical concepts and skills involve web markup languages, interactive scripting and human-centered design. The student also explores artistic areas of study such as communication design, animation, game design and cinema. A major in interactive media provides students with broad skills and expertise including:
  • Develop well-designed web pages, sites, and interactive applications
  • Design, code and create content for casual games
  • Conduct usability tests for interactive web sites
  • Employ visual design principles to express ideas and concepts
  • Create prototypes for interactive displays
Online Learning Options
Many courses are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL). If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. Some undergraduate courses are offered online. However, CDM currently does not offer any undergraduate program completely online. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses)
  • earn a grade of C- or higher in all Major courses (excluding Liberal Studies courses and Open Electives)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements. The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better. 
Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program. Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.
The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites.

First Year
ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors
OR ANI 201 Animation I
GD 105 Intro to Visual Design
IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web
IT 240 Introduction to Databases
IM 270 User-Centered Web Design
GD 200 Graphic Design I
Liberal Studies Requirements
DC 205 Foundations of Cinema
PSY 105 Introductory Psychology I
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
Second Year
IT 231 Web Development I
IM 210 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
IM 220 Interactive Media I
IM 230 Scripting for Interactive Media
IT 223 Data Analysis
ANI 230 3D Design and Modeling
GD 230 Typography
Liberal Studies Requirements
CSC 208 Ethics in Technology
OR IT 228 Ethics in Computer Games and Cinema
OR GAM 228 Ethics in Computer Games and Cinema
OR DC 228 Ethics in Computer Games and Cinema
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Arts & Literature
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
Third Year
IM 320 Interactive Media II
IM 330 Advanced Scripting for Interactive Media
IM 360 User-Centered Evaluation
GAM 244 Game Development I
WRD 204 Technical Writing
3 Major Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning
Fourth Year
IM 394 Human-Computer Interaction Capstone Course (Capstone)
OR CSC 394 Software Projects (Capstone)
2 Major Electives
5 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Arts & Literature
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Understanding the Past
1 Scientific Inquiry Lab
Major Electives
Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses. Major electives can be chosen from the following list
200 or 300 level CDM, ART, or CMN courses
PSY 241 Research Methods I
PSY 242 Research Methods II
PSY 360 Theories of Learning and Cognition
PSY 375 Sensation and Perception
PSY 380 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 383 Psychology of Design (cross-Listed with Psy 443)
Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalogue for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.