Departments & Programs

The Media School

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 the certificate as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major. It is not a standalone credential.

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. At least nine credit hours must be at the 300–400 level.

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

Required Courses in The Media School (15 credit hours)

  • MSCH-C 223 (TEL-T 206) Introduction to Design and Production (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-C 228 (TEL-T 283) Introduction to Production Techniques and Practices (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-G 320 (TEL-T 284) Game Art and Sound (Introduction to Interactive Media Design) (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-S 471 (TEL-T 471) Applying Theory to Media Design (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-D 499 (TEL-T 495) New Media Certificate Project (3 cr.)

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

Computer Science

  • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I (4 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 348 Mastering the World Wide Web (3--4 cr.)
  • CSCI-B 481 Interactive Graphics (4 cr.)

Fine Arts

  • FINA-D 210 Digital Art: Survey and Practice (3 cr.)
  • FINA-D 310 Interactive Multimedia (3 cr.)
  • FINA-D 317 Video Art (3 cr.)

The Media School

  • MSCH-D 337 (CMCL-C 337) New Media (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-G 300 (TEL-T 361) Game Production I (Games and Interactive Media) (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-G 420 (TEL-T 364) Advanced Game Art I (Introduction to 3D Digital Modeling and Animation) (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-P 353 (TEL-T 353) Audio Production (3 cr.)
  • MSCH-P 354 (TEL-T 354) Program Graphics and Animation (3 cr.)

Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

  • THTR-T 438 Advanced Stage Lighting Design (3 cr.)

School of Education

  • EDUC-R 347 Impact of Games and Simulations in Instructional Technology (3 cr.)

School of Informatics and Computing

  • INFO-I 300 Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Design (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 494 Design and Development of an Information System (3 cr.)

Jacobs School of Music

  • MUS-Z 361 Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music (3 cr.)