DMA 405 Intro to Interactive Media Design

Michael Schulz

Office: Meets in Classroom/IRL
Winter 2019-2020
Class number: 22671
Section number: 801
Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
14EAS 00213 Loop Campus


DMA 405 focuses specifically on an introduction of interactive media, including game-, web-, and interactive social media design. By exploring, analyzing and creating various interactive media formats and platforms, students become familiar with the principles of successful interactive media design. Students learn the basics of conceptualizing for interactive media as well as gain first experiences in using various tools to create interactive experiences. In addition to exploring the technical aspects of creating interactive media objects, students will explore the socio-cultural context that constrains what, how and why media objects are created.

Class Format

Classes will involve a combination of lectures, workshops, and discussions. In class students will often be working in small groups on workshops and projects. Your participation in class and online (D2L or Slack) are critical to your grade.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Create interactive media projects that demonstrate an understanding of the principles of successful interactive design and the socio-cultural implications of their design.
  2. Develop interactive media projects that demonstrate the application of the user-centered design process.
  3. Apply the iterative design methodologies to problem solving challenges.
  4. Critique interactive media in accordance to the fundamental principles of interactive design.
  5. Manage the professional flow of interactive media design.


Weekly reading will be uploaded to D2L and available to students for download each week. Additional accommodations can be provided upon request.

Recommended Texts

  • Design is Storytelling, Ellen Lupton
  • The User's Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love, Donna Lichaw
  • Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days, Jake Knapp



School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296