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Interactive Media (IMM)

These are 2013-2014 course descriptions.

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IMM 1010 Principles of Interactive Design (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

IMM 1010 introduces students to the products, tools, and environment of the interactive multimedia profession. Initially, the course covers elements of communication, marketing, the Internet, Web development, digital media and graphic design. Focus is then on designing, choosing software and scripting the interactive media project. This course details how these disciplines are related to professional job responsibilities and the other team members and relies on industry websites to bring state-of-the-art information directly to the student in a timely manner.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Lab fee: $2.00

IMM 1115 Survey of Gaming Industry (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

IMM 1115 is an introduction to the video game industry. Students will learn about the history of the game industry. They will also learn about its effect on culture, commerce, and politics. During the last half of this course, they will learn the process of game development through the creation of a Game Design Document. For majors, the document will provide a foundation for their future projects.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Lab fee: $2.00

IMM 1116 Storytelling for Games (AU, SP)

3 credits

IMM 1116 deals with common writing principles and theories used in the video gaming industry. In addition to basic writing principles students will learn the history of the story, game storytelling devices, character types, and verbal character development. Students will develop an appropriate story line for a game and a three act structured game story with appropriate cut-scenes and dialogue.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Lab fee: $2.00

IMM 1120 Fundamentals of Interactive Media (A, SP, SU)

4 credits

IMM 1120 deals with the basics of interactive media software including Fireworks, Dreamweaver and Flash. In Fireworks, students learn how to use the tools of Fireworks to create and edit web graphics, both vector and bitmap, work with layers, interactive buttons, components, symbols, optimization and web page layout. In Dreamweaver, students will learn how to use tables, basic, CSS, layout and design for web. In Flash, students will learn to develop a working knowledge of various tools plus critical interface elements such as layers, scenes, nested symbols, and movie clips.

Lecture 3 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Lab fee: $8.00

IMM 1140 Cascading Style Sheets (SP)

3 credits

IMM 1140 promotes basic and intermediate understanding of developing sites using Cascading Style Sheets. Components include CSS essentials, learning to build effective navigation and page layouts, working with typography, colors, backgrounds, and white space. The basics of HTML should be understood before entering this class.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: CSCI 1145
Lab fee: $6.00

IMM 1160 Media Graphics/Optimization (AU, SP)

3 credits

IMM 1160 provides the students with a deeper understanding of the industry standard Adobe Photoshop/Fireworks graphics software. The focus of this course enables students to create graphics, understand extensions, slice, animate and optimize. Students get to understand the process of creating graphics for multiple mediums including web, CD and DVD. In class projects as well as out of class assignments push the students to use written, verbal and graphic communication skills.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1010
Lab fee: $8.00

IMM 1201 3D Modeling 1 (A, SP, SU)

4 credits

IMM 1201 teaches the students about the 3D production pipeline. Using industry standard 2D and 3D software, they will model, texture, rig, animate and render their projects. At the end of the course, students will be introduced to more advanced principles of multi texture creation and application.

Lecture 3 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Lab fee: $13.00

IMM 1202 3D Modeling 2 (SP)

3 credits

IMM 1202 is the second of three 3D modeling courses. The focus is on level content creation. Students learn about level structure creation, normal maps, specular maps, referencing, and many other principles. It will also teach students about what is expected in level creation of game development.

Lecture 1 hour – Lab: 4 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1201
Lab fee: $19.00

IMM 1220 Digital Media Preparation (A)

2 credits

IMM 1220 overviews the required disciplines needed to function in the interactive multimedia profession. Primary focus in this course centers on planning, design and the software required in the completion of a multimedia project. This course is not intended for Interactive Media majors.

Lecture 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours

IMM 1500 Basics of Video & Sound (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

IMM 1500 introduces students to the process of using the power of audio and video to communicate. Topics covered include basic digital audio and video editing in a nonlinear environment, basic shooting and camera work, production planning, importing of assets, and exporting to the Web.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Lab fee: $9.00

IMM 1510 Audio Production (SP)

3 credits

IMM 1510 is designed to develop an understanding of the relationship of audio production to various related media including multimedia and broadcast. Sound design and the creation and recording of audio assets are stressed. The course is structured around editing in a non-linear environ- ment and the associated standard digital editing practices. Students will learn how to utilize a digital audio workstation in a typical production environment.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1500 Lab fee: $10.00

IMM 1520 Single Camera Video Production (SP)

3 credits

IMM 1520 provides students with a comprehensive overlook and appli- cation of the production process. Students will analyze specific genres, write an appropriate script for the genre, storyboard, and produce a genre- focused video in a collaborative setting. In addition to genre storytelling, students will learn the proper audio and video aesthetics using a single camera for telling a specific story: dialogue framing, planning action scenes, lighting techniques, using boom mics, scoring a video. Image capture and editing at a digital workstation will be highlighted. Students will also be responsible for using graphic elements in the video as well as creating a poster aimed at a specific target audience.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1500
Lab fee: $10.00

IMM 1530 Screenwriting (A)

3 credits

IMM 1530 deals with common writing principles and theories used in the digital audio and video fields. In addition to basic writing principles students will learn to develop a treatment, plan characters, write effective scenes, and a screenplay for use in both audio and video. Different screenwriting programs will be highlighted.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours

IMM 1580 Motion Graphics (AfterEffects) (A)

2 credits

IMM 1580 students will learn fundamentals of using Adobe AfterEffects to create motion graphics by integrating interactive media, sound, and video into interesting compositions. Students will learn how to set keyframes on a timeline and work with transform properties, motion paths, masks, and effects. Students will need to have Adobe Premiere Pro knowledge before taking this class.

Lecture 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1500
Lab fee: $10.00

IMM 2201 3D Modeling 3 (A)

3 credits

IMM 2201 is the final 3D modeling course. It focuses on animation and character modeling. Students will use the skills that they have already developed and apply them to a more technical aspect of content development, with the learning of rigging for animation. They will also learn to take the skills that they have learned and apply them in the creation of an organic character model.

Lecture 1 hour – Lab: 4 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1202
Lab fee: $26.00

IMM 2370 Flash I & II (A, SP)

3 credits

IMM 2370 provides the students with an overview of how to begin, storyboard, create and design a fully functional Flash website. Topics covered include becoming familiar with the palettes and tool box, new design, and drawing techniques, using Flash as an authoring tool, and understanding and applying Flash’s expanded actions and scripting capabilities. Scripting is an accessible and powerful form of computer programming that designers and multimedia developers can use to increase the level of interactivity, optimize, and enhance their multimedia Web projects.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1160
Lab fee: $16.00

IMM 2390 Advanced Flash III (Games) (SP)

3 credits

IMM 2390 builds on the previous course IMM 2370. Students learn the deeper interactive scripting capabilities of Flash. This course briefly details the science of game development using Flash software, including design, story character development, the physics and motion of a game, and audio issues. Through this course, a variety of games are created using the power of Flash and the most recent advancements in ActionScript 3.0. With an intermediate knowledge of Flash, the designers will get more of an understanding of what developers do to enhance their productivity and produce high quality games that make a real impact.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 2370
Lab fee: $8.00

IMM 2520 Advanced Video Production (A)

3 credits

IMM 2520 provides students with an overview of advanced video storytelling. Students will write appropriate scripts for a client, storyboard, and produce a professional video that has relevance to the local area or nonprofit organization. In addition to advanced storytelling, students will learn the proper video and audio aesthetics for telling the story: interviewing, developing a narrative from footage, framing shots, framing, steadicam movement, costumes, casting, acquiring assets. Image capture/ digitizing, editing at a digital workstation, and high-definition video will be highlighted.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1510

IMM 2550 Foley Sound Creation (SP)

3 credits

IMM 2550 will cover both the production and post-production techniques associated with the creation of audio assets for use in digital media. Students will be required to plan and produce multimedia programs with audio assets that the individual student creates. The course provides an advanced understanding of audio equipment for digital production in the field and in the recording studio. The use of ProTools technology is emphasized.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1510

IMM 2600 DVD Creation (Encore) (SP)

3 credits

IMM 2600 students will develop a DVD demo reel with the use of Adobe Encore. Topics will include DVD workflow, preparing video assets, compressing video for DVD, DVD menus, and promotion using DVD covers. At the end of the course, students will be able to develop their own DVD demo reel for external use in locating a professional position.

Lecture 2 hours – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 2520
Lab fee: $1.00

IMM 2601 Game Development 1 (A)

2 credits

IMM 2601 is the first of two courses. It teaches the skills necessary in actual game production by using an industry standard game engine. Through experience, students will learn the difficulties of game creation, as well as the tools and resources necessary to overcome them. They will discover the difference between just creating art assets, and actually making functional game play elements.

Lecture 1 hour – Lab: 3 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1115, IMM 1116, IMM 1202

IMM 2602 Game Development 2 (SP)

2 credits

IMM 2602 is the second course of game development. Students will continue work on their game. They will further add scripts, assets, animated characters, and gameplay elements to get their vertical slice complete.

Lecture 1 hour - Lab 3 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 2601

IMM 2603 Collaborative Project (SP)

2 credits

IMM 2603 capstone course will combine the students in a setting that will simulate a realistic, collaborative production environment. Students will have to use all of the skills that they have developed through the program in a unique way to develop their group project. Rather than doing a little bit of everything, students will have the opportunity to focus on specific areas of the production process.

Lab: 4 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 2601
Lab fee: $10.00

IMM 2620 Web Design/Creation (AU, SP)

3 credits

IMM 2620 provides the student with an overview of how to begin, storyboard, create and design a fully functional website. The software Dreamweaver is a professional authoring tool for creating and managing Web pages. Topics covered include becoming familiar with the palettes and tool box, design techniques, templates, understanding and applying Dreamweaver’s expanded scripting capabilities using Cascading Style Sheets.

Lecture 1 hour – Lab: 4 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1160
Lab fee: $8.00

IMM 2710 Interactive Portfolio (SP)

3 credits

Interactive Portfolio will assist students in building confidence and focus when marketing themselves, their skills, and their creativity using Flash. During this course, students will author their own interactive CD resume for external use in locating a professional job. Other marketing uses include Web, social media and print versions.

Lecture 2 hours - Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 2370
Lab fee: $9.00

IMM 2755 Rich Media Communications (A)

2 credits

IMM 2755 follows the guidance of the Adobe Certified Associate program objectives for their “Rich Media Communications” certificate. Upon successful conclusion of this course, students will participate in a certification test from Adobe. The fee for this test is included in the lab fee. Successful test takers receive a certificate of accomplishment directly from Adobe in their Adobe Certified Associate program for Rich Media Communications.

Lecture 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Prerequisite: IMM 1120
Lab fee: $21.00

IMM 2760 Web Communications (SP)

2 credits

IMM 2760 follows a curriculum directed by Adobe, which centers on the Adobe Dreamweaver software application. This course prepares students for testing in the Adobe Certified Associate “Web Communications” program. Upon successful conclusion of this course material, students will participate in a certification test from Adobe. The fee for this test is included in the lab fee. Successful test takers receive a certificate of accomplishment directly from Adobe in their Adobe Certified Associate program for Web Communications.

Lecture 1 hour - Lab: 2 hours
Lab fee: $21.00

IMM 2765 Visual Communications (A)

2 credits

IMM 2765 follows a curriculum directed by Adobe, which centers on the Adobe Photoshop software application. This course prepares students for testing in the Adobe Certified Associate “Visual Communications” program. Upon successful conclusion of this course material, students will participate in a certification test from Adobe. The fee for this test is included in the lab fee. Successful test takers receive a certificate of accomplishment directly from Adobe in their Adobe Certified Associate program for Visual Communications.

Lecture 1 hour – Lab: 2 hours
Lab fee: $21.00

IMM 2802 IMM Seminar (A, SP, SU)

1 credit

IMM 2802 offers supervised, on-the-job application of knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Student must be an IMM major, who has completed 12 hours in the technology and has permission of the instructor.

Seminar: 1 hour
Corequisite: IMM 2902

IMM 2902 IMM Practicum (A, SP, SU)

3 credits

IMM 2902 explores the application of business knowledge to specific areas of on-the-job practicum experience. Student must be an IMM major, who has completed 12 hours in the technology and has permission of the instructor.

Practicum: 21 hours
Corequisite: IMM 2802

IMM 2994 IMM Current Topics (On Demand)

1-3 credits

IMM 2994 course is a detailed examination of a selected current topic in Interactive Media. This course can be repeated.

Lecture Varies