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Northwest Missouri State University

B.S. in Interactive Digital Media

This is a unique major that combines courses from computer science, art and mass communication to give students a complete working knowledge of digital media. Professionals working in interactive digital media industries need to possess cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills in areas that deal with visual aesthetic understanding and communication, integrated with technological knowledge, in order to be effective and efficient employees. The goal of this new major is to produce graduates who are proficient in written and visual communication, art, photography, design, computer programming and legal/ethical considerations as they relate to the media.

Required Core Courses for Interactive Digital Media
B.S. Degree with Computer Science concentration; no minor required

Course No.

Course Name


44-143 Script Programming I 3
44-333 Web Development 3
44-335 Script Programming II 3
13-191 Introduction to Design 3
13-207 Digital Photography 3
13-292 Introduction to Creative Electronic Imaging 3
13-294 Letter Forms & Graphic Design 3
20-120 Introduction to Mass Media 3
20-243 Media Design 3
20-303 Introduction to Web Publishing 3
20-314 Communication Law 3
55-330 Principles of Marketing 3
*Total Core Course Hours Required 36

*Based on 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

Required Courses for Concentration in Computer Science

Course No.

Course Name


44-141 Computer Programming I 3
44-241 Computer Programming II 3
44-242 Data and File Structures 3
44-345 Computer Organization 3
44-356 CCNA Network Fundamentals 3
44-415 IDM Seminar 1
44-560 Database Systems 3
44-563 Web Services Technology 3
Choose one from the following list: 3
44-325 Programming Languages 3
44-349 Survey of Algorithms 3
44-525 Theory & Implementation of Programming Language 3
44-540 Visual Application Development 3
44-550 Operating Systems 3
44-560 Advanced Topics in Database Systems 3
44-561 Software Engineering 3
44-590 Special Topics 3
*Total Concentration Course Hours Required 25

*Based on 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog
Course descriptions are listed in the the current undergraduate catalog.

Careers in Interactive Digital Media

Our Graduates Have Been Hired At

  • Web Development/Production
  • CD-ROM Production
  • Advertising
  • Graphic Design
  • Computer Programming
  • Cerner
  • VML
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Shelter Insurance