Are you someone who combines creative and technical interests, and enjoys logical challenges and problem-solving as well as creative expression? In that case, the production programme streams in Digital Media and Informatics or Interactive Media may be just the right place for you. 

Interactive Media

This programme combines creative courses in online media with more theoretical courses in Film and/or Media and Writing. The creative courses develop a strong foundation in both multimedia design and web coding skills. We start with a foundation in graphic design and writing for the web, using XHTML and CSS, with an introduction to ‘front end’ coding in Flash or Processing, and later move to server-based programming with PhP, MySQL and dynamic data driven sites). You’ll be taught to design and develop websites and mobisites (sites optimized for cellphones) and to conceptualise the unique opportunities and constraints involved in designing interactive user experiences. Projects include standalone sites,  online games and short animations as well as evaluating user experiences, analysing web traffic, optimising sites for search engines, as well as harnessing user participation through social media and Web 2.0-style ‘mash-ups’ and visualisations.

You’ll do well if you have strengths in programming and/or any aspect of multimedia design (video and audio production, graphic design, photography, drawing, cartooning, writing for the web, or animation). Please note that many people have often done well in these courses without any kind of background in coding or much experience of computers, as long as they have other strings to their bow – such students should plan to put together a strong portfolio focused on writing, music, or visual design.

Digital Media and Informatics

Digital Media and Informatics is a more focused course which would be right for you if you already think you might be interested in media technology. You will need to choose a Film Studies or Media and Writing major and then you will do the Interactive Media courses (Online media, Designing interactions, and Dynamic web design) in addition to Information Systems courses. This is an intensive programme which will give you experience working alongside fellow-students in Information Systems and open up  additional jobs for you after graduation, since ads often specify ‘IT-related degree’. The programme will also help you develop awesome creative projects, and give you an advantage if you want to go on to post-graduate study of digital and social media. The data-related skills you’ll learn in Information Systems are crucial for many new research areas.
If you are a first year student you will need to be sure you sign up for one first year Information Systems or Computer Science course this year, and then apply to be admitted to the programme at the end of the year.  We’ve selected  two introductory programming courses you can choose from which don’t have any pre-requisites:

  • Information Systems I
  • Python Programming for Engineers.

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