The Interactive Design B.F.A. seeks to prepare students for the expanding and exciting field of Interactive Design, a specialized application of Graphic Design. The program emphasizes visual problem solving through emerging media and technologies. Student experience is primarily focused on the areas of Web Design, Motion Graphics, UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience) Design, Mobile Application Design, and Digital Storytelling.
With its solid foundation in formal design theory and history, a curriculum sensitive to both academic and industry expectations, and access to exciting technologies, Interactive Design is distinct and well suited for students interested in art, animation, design, creativity, film, music, or games.
The B.F.A. is an intensely focused professional degree structured to facilitate the development of a mature, diverse and competitive portfolio. It is an undergraduate course of study that consists of 132 credit hours, 90 of which are in art and design foundations, graphic and interactive design, and art/design history. The interactive design curriculum is sequential in nature. (See curriculum guide for recommended sequencing.)
This program prepares students for full participation in the professional interactive design community. Like all of the Art & Design programs, it is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).
Art & Design Programs - Core Requirements
Interactive Design, B.F.A. Requirements
(63 credits) (See curriculum guide for recommended sequencing)
Art & Design Programs - General Education Requirements
Skills/Processes for Literacy
- Fine Arts - Music, Music History, Music Appreciation or Aesthetics (3)
- Literature/Language - ENGL or Foreign Language (3)
- Philosophy (3)
- Psychology (3)
- History or Government (3)
- One course selected from the following disciplines: (3)
- ECON, GEOG, HIST, PSCI, PSYC, SOC
Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning
- Science Course - BIOL, CHEM, ENV, PHYS, SCI (3)
- Math or Science Course (3)
Electives from College of Arts and Sciences
(except courses within the major) (2 courses total)
- Elective #1 (3)
- Elective #2 (3)
Of the 132 credit hours required for this program, one half of the 90 credits (for the major and Art & Design core combined) and the last 30 credit hours must be taken at Maryville to satisfy requirements for graduation.