Departments & Programs


Certificate in New Media and Interactive Storytelling

The Certificate in New Media and Interactive Storytelling is intended for students seeking a broad range of design skills for a variety of interactive Web content, including information, education, commercial applications, and entertainment.


"New media" can be defined as the entire range of computer-based or computer-enhanced communication. This includes digital radio and television, Internet applications, and videogames. Meaningful new media projects are a combination of technological expertise and compelling content from a variety of sources, including the sciences, the arts, and the humanities. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduates with the theoretical, creative, and technological bases for the production of new media products.

A student may earn a certificate as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major. The Certificate in New Media and Interactive Storytelling is available to students outside the telecommunications major or minor.

The program requires the completion of a 15 credit hour core, which includes a 3 credit hour final project, and 12 credit hours of electives (9 credit hours must be at the 300 and 400 level).

Students seeking the certificate should contact an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Telecommunications before beginning study. The semester prior to graduation, students must present their program of study to an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Telecommunications for certification.

Required Courses in Telecommunications

(15 credit hours)

  • T206 Introduction to Design and Production (3 cr.)
  • T283 Introduction to Production Techniques and Practices (3 cr.)
  • T284 Introduction to Interactive Media Design (3 cr.)
  • T471 Applying Theory to Media Design (3 cr.)
  • T495 New Media Certificate Project (3 cr.)

(12 credit hours from the following list of courses; at least 9 credit hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.)

Communication and Culture

  •  C337 New Media (3 cr.)

Computer Science

  • A201 Introduction to Programming I (4 cr.)
  • A348 Mastering the World Wide Web (3–4 cr.)
  • B481 Interactive Graphics (4 cr.)

Fine Arts

  • D210 Digital Art: Survey and Practice (3 cr.)
  • D310 Interactive Multimedia (3 cr.)
  • D317 Video Art (3 cr.)


  • T193 Passport to Cyberia: Making the Virtual Real (3 cr.)
  • T353 Audio Production (3 cr.)
  • T354 Program Graphics and Animation (3 cr.)
  • T361 Flash for Games and Interactive Media (3 cr.)
  • T364 Introduction to 3D Digital Modeling and Animation (3 cr.)

Theatre and Drama

  •  T438 Lighting Design (3 cr.)

School of Education

  •  R347 Impact of Games and Simulations in Instructional Technology (3 cr.)

School of Informatics and Computing

  • I300 Human-Computer Interaction Design and Programming (3 cr.)
  • I494 Design and Development of an Information System (3 cr.)

Jacobs School of Music

  •  Z361 Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music (3 cr.)