Program Overview

arts tech class projectIn the Interactive Media concentration, students will learn to design and program a variety of digital solutions such as websites, apps, software, and other emerging media and technologies. Students will have the opportunity to study supporting topics such as game design, video, virtual reality, or animation. Coursework is experiential, often requiring students to solve business problems for clients, and incorporate user-experience design materials into their methodology.

Other Concentrations Include: Audio Engineering & Production | Live Event Technology  | Video Production | Visual Media 
Students may earn more than one concentration.

Learn more about the Arts Technology Major.

Interactive Media Concentration Requirements (18 credits)

  • IS221. Programming Fundamentals (3)
  • IS322. Web/Mobile Application Development (3)
  • IS 350. Application Integration (3)
  • AT366. Topics in Interactive Media (3)
  • AR 201. Computer Art & Design: Orientation (3)

Choose 1 Class From

  • AT 320 Motion Graphics Animation (3)
  • AT366. Topics in Interactive Media (3)
  • AR 327. Computer Art & Design: Creative Concepts (3)
  • IS 321. System Analysis & Design (3)
  • Or Other Approved Elective.

Be sure to check out some of our student works in interactive design.

Key Courses

Interactive Media Concentration (Credits)

IS221 Program Fundamentals (3)
This course introduces students to the process of creating and implementing typical solutions to business problems requiring computer programming skills and understanding. The main focus in this course will be to help the student understand the basic concepts of computer programming, emphasizing design over syntax in an Object Oriented approach using the Java programming language.
IS322 Web/Mobile Application Development (3)
Focus on information web systems design and implementation within a database management system environment. Design, implementation, and testing of a physical web system using database management systems software to implement the logical systems design. Pre-requisite: IS321 (may co-enroll).
IS350 Application Integration (3)
Advanced Java programming, concentrating on developing GUI applications, applets and servlets. Programming topics include: review of OOP, event handling, exceptions, threads, file I/O, and animation. Includes theory behind web-based protocols, including HTTP. Students will be required to set up and administer a web server for both applets and servlets. Pre-requisite: IS321.
AT366 Topics in Interactive Media (3)
This course focuses on a theme in one of the following areas in arts technology: interactive design, programming, or other new media technologies. Pre-requisites: AT110 and IS221 or consent of instructor.
AR201 Computer Art Design: Orientation (3)
Designed to apply computer technology to solving visual problems in fine arts and graphic design. Emphasis is on individual expression and acquiring skills to effectively communicate through computer graphics. Students are introduced to fundamentals of computer graphics through lecture, presentation, discussion and hands-on experiences.
AR327 Computer Art Design: Creative Concepts (3)
Advanced instruction and assigned studio work in a broad range of design and multimedia applications. Topics covered could include but not limited to; information design, animation, technical digital illustration, interactive design, user centered design, 3D modeling, package design, digital publishing, and/or other new topics demanded by industry developments. The culmination of the student’s learning will be demonstrated in an independent research project that blends personal expression with design practice.
IS321 Systems Analysis & Design (3)
Advanced study of systems development and modification processes. Emphasis on strategies and techniques of analysis and design for modeling complex system requirements. Use of data modeling tools and object-oriented approaches to analysis and design. Emphasis on factors for effective communication and integration with users and user systems. Pre-requisite: IS221 or consent of instructor. 


Potential Careers for an Arts Technology Major with an Interactive Media Concentration


  • Web Designer/Developer
  • App Designer/Developer
  • Animator
  • Web Database Management
  • Digital Brand Management
  • Digital Publisher
  • Motion-Graphic Designer
  • Interactive Designer/Developer
  • Game Designer/Developer
  • User Experience Designer/Developer
  • Corporate Media Specialist
  • Art Director
  • User Interface Designer/Developer
  • Creative Firm Owner
  • Systems Developer
  • Innovation Specialists
  • Digital and Social Media Marketer
  • Graphic Designer
Arts Technology

In addition to taking courses in one of the five concentrations, students will learn the foundations of all Arts Technology areas and take courses in business and art entrepreneurship.

arts tech students

While the Interactive Media concentration focuses on design and programming for software and web applications students will also explore supporting topics such as Virtual Reality, animation, and game design. Students will work for real clients in performance learning ventures such the information system's venture, Millikin Performance Learning Consulting,  the arts technology venture, Millikin Creates, or the art consulting venture, Ignite Studios. The curriculum is focused on helping students become adaptable for the future of new technologies and business tools.