Web Design and Interactive Media

Web Design and Interactive Media Degree Emphasis

Web Design and Interactive Media Undergraduate Degree Emphasis

The core curriculum within the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies (GIT) includes courses common among all of our 6 emphasis areas. These courses are primarily introductory classes that provide students with the basic information and fundamental software skills that they need to succeed in the graphics industry. Within the core curriculum, there are also 2 upper division classes, an internship, and a capstone class.

The Web and Interactive Media emphasis provides students with both development and design skills for creating rich, interactive content for all types of web and mobile devices.

The courses within this emphasis are listed below:

  • Web Graphics Software
  • Audio/Video Software
  • Web Site Design
  • Web and Motion Graphics
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Mobile Media Development
  • Web Content Management Systems

Web Design and Interactive Media major distinctives

The curriculum in the Web and Interactive Media emphasis combines graphic communications design theory with technical skills and creativity. Students in this emphasis area learn the development and design skills needed to create an engaging user experience.

In addition, students develop a wide variety of skills for creating compelling interactive solutions for web design, development, animation, advertising, mobile apps, and digital publishing. They gain basic knowledge in mathematics, design, critical thinking, and problem solving along with the technical know-how to quickly advance in this exciting and fast-growing industry.

Students learn in-demand, advanced skills for designing web and interactive projects using authoring languages such as HTML 5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and PHP programing. In addition, they learn how to develop strategies for using different web tools, technologies, and social media platforms to build professional client branding campaigns.

Also within this area of emphasis is a robust body of training in developing 2D animated sequences and other motion graphics, as well as building user interfaces as applied to web and interactive projects.

Career Options for Web Design and Interactive Media majors

Upon graduation, you will be qualified for a variety of positions across multiple areas of the graphics industry including, but not limited to, entertainment, business, advertising, and education. In the ever-changing world of Web and Interactive Media, graduating from this graphics program gives you the cutting edge skills employers are looking for, giving you an advantage over the competition.

Career opportunities for Web and Interactive Media graduates vary and continue to grow as technology advances and as society’s manner of creating and consuming information evolves. Below is a list of positions and places where trained Web and Interactive Media graduates are needed.

Typical Positions/Areas in Web/Interactive Media:

  • Information Architect
  • Interactive Media Designer
  • Interface Designer
  • Mobile Designer
  • Online Game Designer and
  • Development
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • Web Animator
  • Web Design & Developer
  • Web Programmer

Typical Employers in Web/Interactive Media:

  • Game Design Studios
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Design Studios/Consulting Firms
  • Architectural & Engineering Firms
  • Web Design Firms
  • Marketing & Social Media Agencies
  • Mobile App Developers
  • Motion Graphics Companies
  • In-House Corporate Design Department

Internship and research opportunities for Web Design and Interactive Media majors

As the need for Web and Interactive Media expands, so does the range of companies and organizations recruiting Pittsburg State University Graphic Communication graduates. These companies are regional, national and international. From small organizations to large corporations, many opportunities await you within a multitude of companies.

The Graphics and Imaging Technologies Department puts an emphasis on industry relations in order to keep an avenue open for you upon graduation. Companies understand the quality of a Graphic Communications degree with an emphasis in Web and Interactive Media from PSU. These corporate partners know that our graduates not only have the skills to get the job done right, but the creative solutions to produce projects that generate profits.

From small companies to large organizations, many opportunities await you at corporate partners such as these:

  • Pitsco
  • Depco
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • The Quest TV
  • Names and Numbers
  • KOAM TV
  • Bernstein Rein
  • Sprint Publications and Advertising
  • Blu 20
  • Millers Professional Imaging
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Dimensional Innovations
  • Stouse Inc.

Emphasis

Students take a selection of classes to complete Web Design and Interactive Media emphasis.

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Minor

Students take a selection of classes to complete Web Design and Interactive Media minor.

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