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Interdisciplinary Media Arts (IMA)

Interdisciplinary Media Arts is a new area within the Art Department that combines art and design with digital technology. Students are given the opportunity to determine how to distribute their focus between areas such as programming, electronics, animation, and interactive design. IMA courses are perfect for students interested in fields such as interactive art, animation, independent game design, wearable technology, rapid prototyping, and more.
  • Animation: Create 2D and 3D animations using digital tools.
  • Responsive Images: Build interactive visual experiences through code.
  • Responsive Objects: Use electronics to create physical objects that can react to and interact with their surroundings through sensors, lights, motors, and sound.
  • Digital Fabrication: Use digital design tools with 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling to go from creative concept to aesthetic object.
BFA majors may choose IMA as their emphasis to get focused experience with digital media or take individual courses as electives to complement their area of study. Students in other departments and majors throughout the university can expand their skills with IMA courses through an Art minor or with instructor permission.


Courses Offered

  • Art 285 Animation I
  • Art 286 Responsive Images I
  • Art 287 Responsive Objects I
  • Art 385 Animation II
  • Art 386 Responsive Images II
  • Art 387 Responsive Objects II
  • Art 488 Advanced Interdisciplinary Media Arts


Facilities and Equipment

  • Mac computer lab with Adobe, Autodesk, and open-source digital art tools
  • 3D printer
  • Desktop CNC mill
  • Medium-size CNC mill
  • Laser cutter/engraver
  • 3D sensors
  • Electronics fabrication lab
by sebenl99 — last modified Oct 11, 2017 12:52 PM