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BA in Interactive Digital Design


The interactive digital design major provides students with in-depth, hands-on experience in the design and authoring of original interactive work for a range of media including Web, print, motion graphics and mobile devices. Students have the opportunity to study graphic design and interactive design, emphasizing both technological proficiency and visual literacy.

The curriculum has been carefully planned to situate design practices in the larger context of the humanities and society. Course work includes a balance of theory, concept and practice.

We mix traditional topics in our field with cutting-edge tools, technologies and techniques to provide our students with the best opportunity for success in today's increasingly technological world. Faculty members see students as their first priority; besides a strong commitment to teaching, they bring both experience and currency in the field to the classroom. 

The Foundation
Graduates have a foundation in digital imaging, layout, typography, navigation, information architecture and web design and development. This foundation is augmented with an in-depth understanding of computer technology, combined with advanced study in graphic design, layout and production, multimedia authoring and computer graphics animation.

The Portfolio + the Internship
As part of their study, students develop creative projects in all program courses, which are then compiled, edited and refined into a professional portfolio in the capstone senior seminar and portfolio. Students are also encouraged to complete an internship in an IDD-related organization to ground and complement their course work.

The Options
In addition to the major in interactive digital design, students can elect to double major or add a minor in computer science.

*Note: The minor in Interactive Digital Design has been suspended until further notice, but IDD courses are still open (as space allows) to students wishing to explore/study the discipline without receiving a minor.

Curriculum + Requirements

The interactive digital design major provides students with in-depth, hands-on experience in the design and authoring of original interactive work for a range of media including web, print, motion graphics and mobile devices. Students have the opportunity to study graphic design and interactive design, emphasizing creative thinking, visual literacy and technological proficiency. The curriculum has been carefully planned to situate design practices in the larger context of the humanities and society. Course work includes a balance of theory, concept and practice.

There are a total of 36 credits in the major. The first 27 of those credits are derived from a core of nine required courses. The remaining nine credits (three courses) are chosen from a list of electives. A grade of C- or better is required in all departmental prerequisites.

Interactive Digital Design Core Requirements (27 credits):

Course Title Credits
IDD 110 Design Research & Methods 3
IDD 160 Digital Design I 3
IDD 161 Digital Design II 3
IDD 250 Interactive Narrative Forms 3
IDD 301 Motion Graphics I 3
IDD 302 3D Graphics & Animation I 3
IDD 315 Mobile Interaction Design 3
IDD 410 Advanced Interactive Authoring 3
IDD 480 Senior Seminar & Portfolio 3

Interactive Digital Design Electives: With the recommendation of the student's adviser, two electives are chosen from the following list:

Course Title Credits
IDD 210 Graphic Design History 3
IDD 270 Type Design & Production I 3
IDD 305 Digital Photography 3
IDD 370 Type Design & Production II 3
IDD 401 3D Graphics & Animation II 3
IDD 405 Soundscapes 3
IDD 420 Alternative Interfaces 3
IDD 440 Motion Graphics II 3

A third elective can be chosen from the above list or from the following list:

Course Title Credits
AR 158 Photography I 3
AR 258 Photography II 3
IDD 300/400 Special Topics (as needed) 3
IDD 399/499 Independent Study 3
IDD 490 Internship 3
CSC 110 Programming & Problem Solving 3

Substitutions to this list are permitted with prior approval of the student's adviser and the director of IDD.

Check the University catalog for more details about the curriculum...

Why Study IDD at Quinnipiac?

Quinnipiac's IDD program offers small class sizes, state-of-the-art technologies and faculty accessibility that make for a highly individualized college experience.

The unique combination of an interactive design program within a liberal arts education creates a well-rounded interactive designer with knowledge and interests from a broad range of disciplines.
 
IDD professors maintain active professional, research and creative projects that complement the subjects they teach in the IDD curriculum.

Facilities

Quinnipiac University's interactive digital design program has several dedicated labs on campus which make state-of-the-art equipment available to students for both course work and independent study.

The IDD program uses a lab of 17 student (and one instructor) dual-G5 (64-bit) Apple Macintosh workstations running OS X 10.4. This lab has software installed across the spectrum of design ranging from Photoshop to Maya. Support peripherals include networked color and black-and-white laser printers, as well as additional dedicated scanning and large-format color printing stations. The lab runs off a server complex of dual-G5 XServe machines and an XServe Disk Array with 1.4 TB of storage space for student home directories.