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Minor in Interactive Media Design

Media arts and media practice across industries are in a state of dramatic transition. As industries adapt to emerging digital practice and multiplatform storytelling, students are being called upon to adopt an ever-increasing level of digital and interactive skills.

Through the Interactive Media Design minor, students in the Reed College of Media and College of Creative Arts School of Art and Design will gain critical skills in interactive design, visual narrative and new technologies, making them highly competitive in the dynamic media industry.

Interactive Media Design Minor Requirements

The Interactive Media Design minor consists of 18 credits (six courses) split between the Reed College of Media and the School of Art and Design. Students must formally declare this minor to be eligible to register for these courses. Contact your advisor or jsmoser@mail.wvu.edu for more information. Students should also consult the WVU Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions and information.

1) ONE of the following:
2) JRL 225 – Media Tools and Applications, 3 hours

The fundamental principles of multimedia content gathering and editing in preparation for advanced digital storytelling.

3) ART 272 – Design for Multimedia, 3 hours

Introduction to the elements and principles of visual design for digital and multimedia platforms.

4) JRL 322 – Gaming Design and Digital Narrative, 3 hours

Case studies and hands on development in emergent forms of interactive storytelling, database narratives and gamification models.

5) ART 372 – Interactive Design, 3 hours

Explore interactivity as a key component of digital design, emphasizing user experience, information flow and the concept of artwork as an open system.

6) ART/JRL 472 – Advanced Interactive Design, 3 hours

A culminating course that will provide an opportunity to build a dynamic, innovative portfolio that showcases interactive design in a journalism context.


To earn a minor in Interactive Media Design, a student must earn a grade of C or better and earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 or better in all courses required for the minor. Students completing the entire minor online can expect to complete it in one year.

Students who would like to double-minor or triple-minor should speak with their academic advisor to ensure that they cover the requirements for all three minors. Overlapping courses may be counted toward only one minor.

*The Interactive Media Design minor is available only to students enrolled in the WVU Reed College of Media or the College of Creative Arts School of Art and Design.