Interactive & Social Media

In this concentration students learn how to design content for new media. Classes cover a broad range of topics from web development to information architecture, human computer interaction, social media design, animation, and e-commerce. During the past years, MSU has developed a strong presence in game design and development. State of the art labs are fully integrated into our courses, and students have gone on to careers in leading Internet, telecommunications, information technology, and interactive media companies.

Students learn the technology, design fundamentals, and development process of digital games, as well as the history, social impacts, and business of games. Students also gain valuable skills in communicating and collaborating in team-based projects while building a strong portfolio of games. We partner with game studios to provide and authenticate, real-world experience in our capstone course. Learning is project-based, resulting in a portfolio of small and large projects that reflects their work.

Faculty members in our department were among the first in the nation to conduct empirical work on Facebook, and today we are considered world leaders in research on social media. Our research explores how people manage their online identities, form relationships with others online, collaborate through social media, and benefit from their participation in online social networks. Studies have been funded by the National Science Foundation, USDA, Kellogg Foundation, and other prominent sources.

Outreach projects have explored how to use social media for community social and economic development, and how to engage youth with local communities. There are also courses in social media practice and research for undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in games, social or interactive media, this is the place to be.

Coursework

Students in this concentration take at least 12 credits from the following set of courses (please check the official MSU catalog for the full degree requirements):

1. The following course (3 credits):

MI 331 Introduction to Interactive Media Development (3 credits)

2. Two of the following courses (6 credits):

MI 239 Digital Footprints: Privacy and Online Behavior (3 credits)
MI 247 Three-Dimensional Modeling and Design (3 credits)
MI 344 Sound Design for Cinema, Television, and Games (3 credits)
MI 346 Introduction to Game Design (3 credits)
MI 347 Three-Dimensional Computer Animation (3 credits)
MI 349 Web Design and Development (3 credits)
MI 359 Server-Side Web Development (3 credits)
MI 361 Information and Communication Technology Management (3 credits)
MI 362 Web Administration (3 credits)
MI 377 Advanced 3D Modeling (3 credits)

3. One of the following courses (3 credits):

MI 450 Human Computer Interaction and User Experience Design (W) (3 credits)
MI 462 Social Computing (W) (3 credits)
MI 472 Electronic Commerce (W) (3 credits)
MI 482 Building Virtual Worlds (W) (3 credits)
MI 484 Building Innovative Interfaces (W) (3 credits)
MI 499 Media and Information Capstone (W) (3 credits)

Jobs

Graduates who have taken this concentration have a wide range of job opportunities, including:

  • Game Designer (Lead Designer, Level Designer, Scripter)
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Technical Designer
  • Programmer (Software Engineer, Lead Programmer)
  • 3D Artist (Modeler, Rigger, Animator)
  • 2D Artist (Concept Artist, Illustrator)
  • Technical Artist
  • Producer (Assistant Producer, Associate Producer, Lead Producer)
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sound Designer
  • Game Scenario Writer
  • Community Manager
  • Web Design & Development
  • Mobile App Design & Development

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