College of Fine Arts and Communication

Interactive Media Design Post-baccalaureate Certificate

This program is offered exclusively online.

Why Earn a Certificate in Interactive Media Design?

Towson’s post-baccalaureate program in Interactive Media Design is a 12-unit online program that gives you the knowledge and skills to apply advanced visual communication and graphic design theories to interactive Web sites and multimedia packages. All courses are completed entirely online without required campus visits.

The program emphasizes front-end Web design over back-end Web development and is open to any student holding a bachelor’s degree in an arts-related field, or a bachelor’s degree in another discipline with a minimum of 9 credits of course work in studio Art and/or professional experience working in the field of art education or graphic design.

The certificate program consists of four graduate-level studio art courses:

  • Elements of WWW Design
  • Typography (graduate level)
  • Interactive Media Concept and Theory
  • Graduate Design for the WWW

Quality Matters-RecognizedAll IAMD courses are recognized as meeting Quality Matters™ review standards. The Quality Matters™ program is a faculty-centered peer course review quality assurance process for online learning. Review criteria are linked to external standards; criteria and process are supported through instructional design principles; and the process is vetted by faculty experts. Quality Matters is sponsored by MarylandOnline and was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

Your course work will prepare you to:

  • Use current industry-standard interactive media design software applications to design and produce content for distribution via the WWW.
  • Use photography, illustration, and typographical and layout design to impact and manage visual communication.
  • Use color theory and color forecasting for electronic media display.
  • Apply design concepts related to usability, information architecture and interactivity.
  • Apply graphic design principles, visual language constructs (semiotics) and layout techniques in WWW design.
  • Utilize digital imaging techniques specifically related to WWW authoring.
  • Understand and apply the history of graphic design  as relevant  to current and future trends in  web site design.
  • Apply copyright laws to the use of photographs, illustrations, multimedia and video delivered via the Internet.

You can complete the required 12 units of course work to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate, or integrate your course work into one of Towson’s graduate programs, including the M.F.A. in studio art or the M.Ed. in art education.

Becoming a Professional

Towson’s certificate program prepares you for high-demand careers in the rapidly growing field of interactive media design. Relevant positions include:

  • Web designer
  • Web graphic designer
  • Web developer manager
  • Web production manager
  • Web site producer
  • Web production artist
  • Web developer/video media producer
  • Interactive web developer
  • Web editor user interface designer
  • Information architect

For information on program costs, related careers, and graduation and median loan debt data, please see the Federal Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Data.


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