Interactive Digital Media

Bachelor of Science Degree: 186.0 quarter credits

About the Major

The field of web development has expanded beyond a simple online presence to fully dynamic experiences; from solely mouse-based interfaces, to touch, gestural and beyond. The major in interactive digital media prepares students for positions in an ever-changing field that requires an understanding of both the aesthetics of visual design for user interfaces as well as the technical knowledge to program both the front- and back-end system that brings the content to life. Students hone and apply their strategic and creative skills to all aspects of the field. At Drexel, the methodology coincides with the direction of the industry, where web developers are often in charge of design, development and the implementation of online content.

The Internet’s explosive rise as the dominant communications medium has been accompanied by an ever-increasing level of sophistication in the content and applications used by individuals and businesses. To best prepare themselves for careers in these cutting-edge disciplines, students pursue a foundation of design and technology, take core courses in all aspects of digital media, complete a six month co-op, and delve into rigorous coursework in many areas of specialization. Within their coursework, students develop engaging modern web sites, create web based and native applications for mobile devices, explore content management systems, build rich Internet applications, harness server technologies that drive aesthetic content, and experiment with emerging technologies.

 Additional Information

To find out more, visit the Westphal College’s Interactive Digital Media Major web page.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
PHYS 122Physical Science for Design II4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Arts and humanities elective3.0
History (HIST) elective3.0
Literature (ENGL) elective3.0
Social science electives9.0
Free electives23.0
Art and Art History Requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
Media and Information Science Requirements
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
INFO 110Human-Computer Interaction I3.0
INFO 151Web Systems and Services I3.0
INFO 152Web Systems and Services II3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
FMVD 206Audio Production and Post3.0
VSCM 240Typography I3.0
VSCM 247On Screen Typography3.0
WMGD 220Web Graphics I4.0
Digital Media Core Requirements
ANIM 140Computer Graphics Imagery I3.0
ANIM 152Multimedia Timeline Design3.0
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
DIGM 105Overview of Digital Media3.0
DIGM 223Creative Concept Design3.0
DIGM 250Professional Practices3.0
DIGM 350 [WI] Digital Storytelling3.0
DIGM 451 [WI] Explorations in New Media3.0
DIGM 475 [WI] Seminar: The Future of Digital Media3.0
DIGM 492Senior Project in Digital Media I3.0
DIGM 493Senior Project in Digital Media II3.0
DIGM 494Senior Project in Digital Media III3.0
GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
WBDV 240Web Authoring I3.0
WBDV 241Vector Authoring I3.0
Web Development Requirements
WBDV 216History of Web Development3.0
WBDV 220User Experience3.0
WBDV 242Dynamic Vector Graphics3.0
WBDV 243Content Management Systems3.0
WBDV 265Web Game Design3.0
WBDV 370Mobile Interactive Design I3.0
WBDV 448Interactive Digital Media Workshop I3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Rich Internet Applications
Mobile Interactive Design II
Interactive Digital Media Workshop II
Web Information Database Applications
Experimental Web Technologies
Total Credits186.0

 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

 

Term 1Credits
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
DIGM 105Overview of Digital Media3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 2
ANIM 140Computer Graphics Imagery I3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
PHYS 122Physical Science for Design II4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ANIM 152Multimedia Timeline Design3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
INFO 110Human-Computer Interaction I3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
DIGM 223Creative Concept Design3.0
GMAP 260Overview of Computer Gaming3.0
INFO 151Web Systems and Services I3.0
WBDV 220User Experience3.0
WBDV 240Web Authoring I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
INFO 152Web Systems and Services II3.0
VSCM 240Typography I3.0
WBDV 216History of Web Development3.0
WBDV 241Vector Authoring I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
DIGM 220Digital Still Imaging I3.0
FMVD 206Audio Production and Post3.0
VSCM 247On Screen Typography3.0
WBDV 242Dynamic Vector Graphics3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
DIGM 250Professional Practices3.0
WBDV 243Content Management Systems3.0
WBDV 265Web Game Design3.0
WMGD 220Web Graphics I4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
DIGM 451 [WI] Explorations in New Media3.0
WBDV 448Interactive Digital Media Workshop I3.0
Arts and Humanities elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
DIGM 350 [WI] Digital Storytelling3.0
WBDV 370Mobile Interactive Design I3.0
Social science elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
Web development elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
DIGM 492Senior Project in Digital Media I3.0
Social science elective 3.0
Web development elective 3.0
Arts and Humanities elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
DIGM 493Senior Project in Digital Media II3.0
Social science elective 3.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
DIGM 494Senior Project in Digital Media III3.0
DIGM 475 [WI] Seminar: The Future of Digital Media3.0
Arts and Humanities elective 3.0
Free electives 5.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 186.0


Co-op/Career Opportunities

Students who study interactive digital media can move on to careers as web designers, graphic designers, digital media designers, user research & experience specialists, multimedia artists, interactive designers, web programmers, and web user interface designers.

Co-op Experiences

Some past co-op employers of film and video students include: 

  • Electronic Ink
  • eCity Interactive
  • Comcast
  • Digitas Health
  • Happy Cog

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center web page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Dual Accelerated Degree

The accelerated degree program enables academically qualified students to earn both their bachelor's degree and a master's degree in digital media — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs.

Current Drexel digital media students may apply for the accelerated BS/MS degree through the Office of Graduate Studies after completing 90.0 credits, but no more than 120.0 credits. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for further information.

Minor in Interactive Digital Media

The Interactive Digital Media Minor requires the completion of eight courses (minimum 24 credits). The minor provides basic foundations in interactivity, including: design and development of websites and mobile applications with the opportunity for individualized tailoring according to the student's interests. It is open to all University students and is administered and advised by the Digital Media program.

Required Courses
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
INFO 110Human-Computer Interaction I3.0
or CS 337 The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction
WBDV 240Web Authoring I3.0
Select five of the following:15.0
Applied Data Management
Human-Computer Interaction II
On Screen Typography
History of Web Development
User Experience
Vector Authoring I
Dynamic Vector Graphics
Content Management Systems
Web Game Design
Rich Internet Applications
Mobile Interactive Design I
Mobile Interactive Design II
Interactive Digital Media Workshop I
Interactive Digital Media Workshop II
Experimental Web Technologies
Web Information Database Applications
Web Graphics I
Web Graphics II
Total Credits24.0

Facilities

Digital media program facilities include a motion capture and green screen studio, a screening room,  DSLR digital still cameras, HD video cameras and lighting equipment, triple boot PowerMac stations (Mac / Windows / Unix) with dual monitors, wacom tablets, game consoles, mobile devices, and 2 undergraduate open labs with 24/7 access.

Additionally, the program houses the RePlay Lab in the URBN Center which is a collaborative effort between the Digital Media program and the Computer Science department (in the College of Engineering). At Drexel University, game development does not "live" in solely one department, and so mirrors the true nature of game development in commercial settings.

Courses

WBDV 216 History of Web Development 3.0 Credits

This course explores all aspects of web development including the foundations of web technologies, formulation of web standards and how the individual web surfer's wants and needs have changed over time. Also discussed will be ground-breaking websites and the evolution of interface design for the web.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

WBDV 220 User Experience 3.0 Credits

In this course, students learn to identify and implement the elements required to create incredible digital experiences. Through the application of user-centered design practices, students will develop predictive and enjoyable designs based on a holistic consideration of users’ experience. Topics covered it his course include brand personality, content strategy, information architecture, and usability.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: DIGM 100 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 240 Web Authoring I 3.0 Credits

This course explores principles and techniques for creating effective interactive media-reich websites. It includes aesthetics of human-computer interaction; bandwidth; project planning, budgeting and management; prototyping; testing and revision management.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: DIGM 100 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 241 Vector Authoring I 3.0 Credits

Focuses attention on learning multimedia-authoring tools to create self-contained delivery programs, includes consideration and discussion of social impacts on digital technology.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: WBDV 240 [Min Grade: D] or DIGM 240 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 242 Dynamic Vector Graphics 3.0 Credits

Students work with concepts and software for better integration of Internet multimedia-authoring programs with assorted browsers and server side databases.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (WBDV 240 [Min Grade: D] or DIGM 240 [Min Grade: D]) and (INFO 152 [Min Grade: D] or CS 143 [Min Grade: D] or CS 171 [Min Grade: D])

WBDV 243 Content Management Systems 3.0 Credits

Students set up a content management system and develop a custom theme. Also includes project planning, organizing and maintaining effective stylesheets and recognizing common browser bugs.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (WBDV 240 [Min Grade: D] or DIGM 240 [Min Grade: D]) or (INFO 151 [Min Grade: D] or CS 143 [Min Grade: D] or CS 171 [Min Grade: D])

WBDV 265 Web Game Design 3.0 Credits

Examines multimedia authoring tools used to create self-contained interactive games. Students address real world production as they master advanced game design concepts.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: WBDV 242 [Min Grade: D] or DIGM 242 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 332 Rich Internet Applications 3.0 Credits

This course explores web development techniques used within the local web browser to create applications capable of retrieving data from an online server asynchronously in the background without interfering with the display and or behavior of the existing page.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: INFO 152 [Min Grade: D] and (WBDV 243 [Min Grade: D] or DIGM 243 [Min Grade: D])

WBDV 370 Mobile Interactive Design I 3.0 Credits

Focuses on creating user experience optimized for mobile devices. Students learn to build unique applications that take advantage of gestures and accelerometers. Special consideration is given to limited screen real estate, low bandwidth internet access, no internet access, and touch screen devices.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: WBDV 242 [Min Grade: D] or DIGM 242 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 371 Mobile Interactive Design II 3.0 Credits

In this course, students learn how to convert web-based applications into cross-platform native applications for mobile devices (i.e. Smart Phones and Tablets). Special consideration is given to incorporating functionality that is currently unavailable to web-based applications (i.e. Device accelerometer, camera, geolocation, etc).

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: WBDV 370 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 399 Independent Project in Interactive Digital Media 0.5-12.0 Credits

Supervised planning and execution of a project in the area of Interactive Digital Media.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: WBDV 243 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 445 Advanced Hybrid Interactivity 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the integration of PC potential to access high bandwidth objects including video, audio, 3D animations and other dynamic content from the Internet.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: WBDV 242 [Min Grade: D] or DIGM 242 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 447 Vector Authoring III 3.0 Credits

this class teaches advanced Flash authoring concepts and explores online applications for entertainment, streaming video, simulations and e-commerce. Projects will use role-playing, group, and individual instruction in the concepts, tools and social concepts for the creation of vector based media.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: WBDV 243 [Min Grade: D] or (DIGM 243 [Min Grade: D] and CS 131 [Min Grade: D])

WBDV 448 Interactive Digital Media Workshop I 3.0 Credits

This course explores the management process of developing or redesigning a successful interactive digital experience. Students work in team environments to analyze project requirements; define steps towards development and focus on audience, usability and testing.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: WBDV 243 [Min Grade: D] or DIGM 243 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 449 Interactive Digital Media Workshop II 3.0 Credits

In this course, students work in a team environment to convert a digital media prototype into production quality product utilizing collaboration software, Gantt charts, and distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) systems.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: WBDV 448 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 452 Web Information Database Applications 3.0 Credits

Database and the server technology that accesses them are central to all dynamic web sites. This course will use PHP and MySQL to provide students with the tools for the creation of database driven sites.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: WBDV 243 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 460 Experimental Web Technologies 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on researching new innovations in experimental digital media technologies.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: WBDV 370 [Min Grade: D]

WBDV 465 Special Topics in Interactive Digital Media 3.0 Credits

Addresses current topics in a rapidly changing field. Possible offerings include; multimedia databases, virtual and augmented reality, 3-D XML, interactive art in virtual space, and multi-threaded narrative, etc... May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

Cinema and Television Faculty

Ian N. Abrams, BA (Duke University) Program Director, Screenwriting and Playwriting Program. Associate Professor. Movies, film, TV, screenwriting, Hollywood.
Ted Artz, BFA (Tyler School of Art, Temple University). Associate Professor. Digital media.
John Avarese, BS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Composer, film and video scores, mixing and sound design.
David Culver, AS (Graham Junior College) Manager of the Paul F. Harron Studios/DUTV. Associate Teaching Professor. Film and video.
David Deneen, BFA (Philadelphia College of Art). Associate Teaching Professor. Film & video.
Paul Diefenbach, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Associate Program Director, Game Art & Production. Assistant Professor. Game development, real-time rendering.
Jeremy Fernsler, BA (Pennsylvania State University ). Assistant Teaching Professor. Digital effects artist; compositor and animator for the feature film visual effects industry.
Troy Finamore, MS (Drexel University) Associate Program Director, Interactive Digital Media. Assistant Teaching Professor. Advertising, design and interactivity.
Bruce Graham, BA (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Playwright.
Gerard M. Hooper, MFA (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Film and video; European and non-western cinema.
D. B. Jones, PhD (Stanford University) Dean, Pennoni Honors College. Professor. Film and video; cinema studies.
Nick Jushchyshyn, MFA (Academy of Art University) Associate Program Director, Animation and Visual Effects. Visual effects, digital media and animation.
Matt Kaufhold, MA (University of North Carolina). Associate Teaching Professor. Screenwriting.
Karin P. Kelly, MFA (New York University) Program Director, Film and Video. Associate Professor. Film and video; filmmaker and author.
Yvonne D. Leach, MFA (Temple University) Department Head, Cinema and Television Studies. Associate Professor. Television studies.
David Mauriello, BA (Lafayette College). Assistant Professor. 3D modeling and animation.
Jocelyn Motter, MFA (American Film Institute). Assistant Teaching Professor. Editing.
Glen Muschio, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Digital media, society, communication.
Lise Raven, MFA (New York University). Assistant Professor. Filmmaker.
Philip W. Salas, BS (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Utilization of advanced set top box data to measure fragmented viewing behavior. Impact of new television distribution technologies on traditional broadcasters and multichannel program providers.
David A. Schwartz, BA (Rider University). Associate Teaching Professor. Steadicam operator; cameraman.
Andrew Susskind, BA (Harvard University) Program Director of TV Production & Media Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Independent television producer and director.
Albert S. Tedesco, MA (University of Pennsylvania) Director of the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Impact of digital media on broadcast television; broadcasters' response to the challenge of new media; management of publicly and privately held communications companies.
Jervis Thompson, BS (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Digital media, interactive multimedia.
Christine Vachon Visiting Professor. Independent film production.
Michael Wagner, PhD (Vienna University of Technology) Program Director, Digital Media. Associate Professor. Educational use of digital media and computer games.
Gregory S. Wolmart, MFA (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Cinema studies; film history.
Jichen Zhu, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Developing humanistic and interpretive framework of computational technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), and constructing AI-based cultural artifacts; interactive storytelling, games and software studies.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Lawrence Epstein, MBA (Cornell University) Interim Department Head, Arts & Entertainment Enterprise. Associate Teaching Professor.
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