INTERACTIVE MEDIA


The Interactive Media concentration combines the conceptual and visual strengths of an Art education with the skills needed to work with database systems, networking and computer languages that the Computer Science program provides. Small class sizes and well-equipped computer labs give students access to the resources they need to develop a strong body of work for graduation and future employment. Graduates are prepared for careers as interactive media artists and interactive media developers as well as graduate studies. Students can choose the Art Emphasis or Computer Science Emphasis in this major. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Interactive Media at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in one of the following courses:
    For the Art Emphasis:

    • ART 234 Interactive Web Media
    • ART 244 Creative Imaging
    • ARH 274 Modern European Art
    • ARH 276 Contemporary Art
    • COS 140 Introduction to Computer Science

    For the Computer Science Emphasis:

    • ART 112 Digital Imaging
    • ART 234 Interactive Web Media
    • ART 244 Creative Imaging
    • COS 140 Introduction to Computer Science
    • COS 120 Web Development
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Computer Club or Art Renegades).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in Interactive Media? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF has a minor in Computer Science, Art, Art History, Film Studies, and many other choices.  Click here for more information. Majors related to Interactive Media include Computer Science, Art, and Performing Arts with a concentration in Art and Visual Culture or Arts Administration.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Graduates are prepared for careers as interactive media artists and interactive media developers as well as graduate studies. Graduates have obtained positions as a Web Specialist, Webdesigner for a retail store, and a Technical Advisor at Carbonite.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Game Designer, Multimedia Artist, Art Director, Web Designer, Interactive Designer, Graphic Artist, Website Developer, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with one of the contact people for this major: Dawn Nye, Merrill Hall, dawn.nye@maine.edu, 207-778-7515 or Dr. Chris Bennett, Brinkman House, chris.bennett@maine.edu, 207-778-7114.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).


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