MS in Interactive Media and Communications Program of Study
To earn the master’s degree, students must complete 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no grades less than a C. Any course with a grade less than C must be retaken.
The program has 9 credits of required courses and 21 credits of electives. A flexible elective structure allows students to customize the degree to coincide with career goals. Students have the opportunity to enroll in an optional 3-credit internship as part of the program.
A required master’s capstone experience is included in the 30 credits. For the capstone, the students create a professional-quality web portfolio selected from the best work from their courses and experiences while in the program.
The program may be completed in 21 months, provided students complete two courses per semester including summer. The program is designed to be completed online, however, there may be some courses available on-campus. Full-time students can finish in 16 months. Fall and spring starts are available.
Current Quinnipiac undergraduate students may apply for the five-year dual-degree bachelor’s/master’s program.
Required Core Courses
|ICM 501||Foundations in Graduate Studies||3|
|ICM 506||Writing for Interactive Media||3|
|ICM 601||Master's Capstone||3|
Electives (select seven, aligned with your professional goals)
Student Learning Outcomes
The Interactive Media and Communications program (ICM) encompasses a wide spectrum of interactive media. The program acknowledges that interactive media is a cultural catalyst that has revolutionized the way people communicate. It prepares students to think and act critically, creatively and ethically. The program provides a rigorous curriculum of research, writing, conceptualization, problem-solving, innovation and creative practice. Students graduating from this program are well prepared to meet the challenges within the field of interactive media and to develop ethical cross-media communication strategies. The areas of study are always evolving and include visual design, web technology, motion graphics, UX, social media, content creation, audio/video design, and writing. The program concludes with a capstone experience that is a culmination of work created throughout the program. The following competencies are critical for interactive media practitioners, and they construct a framework that contributes to the overall effective practice of the discipline.
Upon completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
- Conduct In-Depth Research: Conduct in-depth research using professional methods and terminology that demonstrates fluency in the use of the formal vocabulary and concepts. This includes recognizing the influence of major cultural, historical, technological and aesthetic trends on contemporary interactive products and services.
- Practice Creative and Critical Thinking: Practice processes and methods that cover empathy, the psychology of the user, problem definition, and ideation methods. They build a knowledge base and skill set required to practice across media and to conduct the “deep work” required of master’s level study.
- Solve Creative Problems: Solve creative problems using the synthesis of technical, aesthetic and conceptual knowledge. This is demonstrated by the ability to create and develop visual and written responses to communication problems using research, preproduction, storyboarding and media production techniques.
- Implement Processes: Use industry standard processes and methods to produce communications that incorporate a high level of strategy, planning, production and distribution. This is exhibited by the ability to solve communication challenges by using analysis, prototyping, user testing and outcome evaluation, among other methods.
- Develop Strategies: Know how to use words, visuals, video, social media and mobile media to build an audience and deliver content. They create an effective media presence and apply their knowledge to strategic challenges within real-world situations.
- Actualize Concepts: Actualize technical, aesthetic and conceptual decisions based on using appropriate tools and technology. This includes knowing how to learn techniques with the recognition that technological change is constant.
- Produce Professional Media: Produce a body of media suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen branch of communication. This is facilitated through the process of identifying and packaging works, creating a consistent message, and using the results of their research and practice. The focus is on a unique and persuasive body of work to be distributed across mediums.