Media Arts and Sciences

About the media arts and sciences major

In media arts and science, you'll integrate creativity with contemporary career-building skills to manage digital media production and develop dynamic websites, interactive games, 3-D motion graphics, animations, and audio and video. Other options include virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3-D printing. Take advantage of rapidly expanding choices in digital media. Let your imagination guide you to opportunities in emerging industries with a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Science. Whether you want to be a creator of virtual reality games, a full stack developer, a graphic designer, or a 3-D artist, we teach the skills you need to succeed.

Skills and abilities this major develops: artistic ability, computer skills (e.g., design, coding), experience with interactive media, creativity, communication, and teamwork skills.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • 3-D animation
  • Advance digital video
  • Character design and animation 
  • Design issues in digital media
  • Digital effects
  • Interactive design
  • Multidevice web development

Possible careers

  • Analyst or programmer
  • Instructional design
  • Interactive developer
  • Media coordinator
  • Technology consultant
  • Videographer or digital media specialist 

Where could I work?

  • Appirio
  • ExactTarget
  • Coeus Solutions
  • NuOrbit Media
  • Pixar
  • Salesforce

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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