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Media School, The

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.


Students must complete at least 25 credit hours, including all other College requirements for certificates and the following requirements:

  1. Introductory Courses. Complete both of the following courses:
    • MSCH-C 223 Introduction to Design and Production 
    • MSCH-C 228 Introduction to Production Techniques and Practices 
  2. Advanced Courses. Complete both of the following courses:
    • MSCH-G 320 Game Art and Sound
    • MSCH-S 471 Applying Theory to Media Design
  3. Elective Courses. Complete at least four (4) courses, including at least 9 credit hours at the 300–400 level, from the following:
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I
    • CSCI-A 348 Mastering the World Wide Web
    • CSCI-B 481 Interactive Graphics
    • EDUC-R 347 Impact of Games and Simulations in Instructional Technology
    • SOAD-S 210 Digital Art: Survey and Practice
    • SOAD-S 310 Interactive Multimedia
    • SOAD-S 311 Video Art
    • INFO-I 300 Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Design
    • INFO-I 494 Design and Development of an Information System
    • MSCH-D 337 New Media
    • MSCH-G 300 Game Production I
    • MSCH-G 420 Advanced Game Art I
    • MSCH-P 353 Audio Production
    • MSCH-P 354 Program Graphics and Animation
    • MUS-Z 361 Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music
    • THTR-T 438 Advanced Stage Lighting Design
  4. Final Project. Complete the following course:
    • MSCH-X 490 Projects in Media