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BA in Interactive Digital Design

The interactive digital design major provides students with in-depth, hands-on experience in the design and authoring of original interactive work for a range of media including web, print, motion graphics and mobile devices.

The program provides a rigorous curriculum of conceptualization, problem solving, innovation, critical thinking and visualization. It acknowledges that design is a cultural catalyst that bridges commerce and social causes.

Students graduating from this program are well prepared to meet the challenges within the field of interactive and graphic design. The areas of study are always evolving and include typography, print design, motion graphics, web design and mobile interaction design.

The following competencies are critical to the effective contribution of entry-level designers in professional design practice and they construct a framework that contributes to the overall effective practice of the discipline.

Graduates from the interactive digital design program:

  • Solve creative problems: IDD students solve creative problems within the field of design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic and conceptual knowledge. This is demonstrated by the ability to create and develop visual responses to communication problems, including understanding of hierarchy, typography, aesthetics, composition and construction of meaningful images.
  • Communicate Ideas: IDD students communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field. This is evident in the ability to construct verbal and written arguments for solutions that address the needs of the organization or community.
  • Actualize Concepts: IDD students actualize technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of design principles and by using appropriate tools and technology. This includes knowing how to learn technology with the recognition that technological change is constant.
  • Evaluate solutions: IDD students evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology and demonstrating fluency in the use of the formal vocabulary and concepts of design. This includes recognizing the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on design products and services.
  • Implement processes: IDD students implement design processes with a strategic understanding of how communication is planned, produced and distributed. This is exhibited by the ability to solve communication problems including identifying the problem, researching, analysis, solution generating, prototyping, user testing and outcome evaluation.
  • Produce professional design: IDD students produce a body of design work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen branch of design. This body of work demonstrates effective use of typography, images, diagrams, motion, sequencing, and color with an informed consideration of content, elements, structure and style.

Curriculum + Requirements

There are a total of 45 credits in the major. The first 27 of those credits are derived from a core of nine required courses. The remaining nine credits (three courses) are chosen from a list of IDD electives. The School of Communications core courses make up the balance. A C- or better is required in all interactive digital design prerequisites.

Course Title Credits
Required School of Communications core courses (12 credits)
Must be completed by the end of sophomore year
JRN 160 Introduction to Media Writing 3
MSS 101 Media Industries and Trends 3
MSS 220 Media History 3
MSS 340 Communications Law and Policy 3
Requirements (27 credits)
IDD 110 Design Research & Methods 3
IDD 160 Digital Design I 3
IDD 161 Digital Design II 3
IDD 250 Interactive Narrative Forms 3
IDD 270 Typography I 3
IDD 301 Motion Graphics I 3
IDD 315 Mobile Interaction Design 3
IDD 410 Advanced Interactive Authoring 3
IDD 480 Senior Seminar & Portfolio 3
Electives (9 credits)
With the recommendation of the student's adviser, three electives are chosen from the following list:
AR 158 Photography I 3
AR 258 Photography II 3
CSC 110 Programming & Problem Solving 3
IDD 200 Special Topics (as needed) 3
IDD 210 Graphic Design History 3
IDD 300 Special Topics (as needed) 3
IDD 305 Digital Photography 3
IDD 370 Type Design & Production II 3
IDD 400 Special Topics (as needed) 3
IDD 420 Alternative Interfaces 3
IDD 440 Motion Graphics II 3
IDD 399/499 Independent Study 3
IDD 490 Internship 3
Substitutions to this list are permitted with prior approval of the student's adviser and the director of IDD.

Why Study IDD at Quinnipiac?

Quinnipiac's IDD program offers small class sizes, state-of-the-art technologies and faculty accessibility that make for a highly individualized college experience.

The unique combination of an interactive design program within a liberal arts education creates a well-rounded interactive designer with knowledge and interests from a broad range of disciplines.

IDD professors maintain active professional, research and creative projects that complement the subjects they teach in the IDD curriculum.


Quinnipiac University's interactive digital design program has several dedicated labs on campus which make state-of-the-art equipment available to students for both course work and independent study.

The IDD program uses a lab of 17 student (and one instructor) dual-G5 (64-bit) Apple Macintosh workstations running OS X 10.4. This lab has software installed across the spectrum of design ranging from Photoshop to Maya. Support peripherals include networked color and black-and-white laser printers, as well as additional dedicated scanning and large-format color printing stations. The lab runs off a server complex of dual-G5 XServe machines and an XServe Disk Array with 1.4 TB of storage space for student home directories.