Interactive Media - Animation and Visual Effects

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Mr. Jim Ferolo
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jferolo@bradley.edu

Bradley’s Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media with a concentration in Game Design. The Interactive Media program maintains a strong focus on creative and conceptual problem-solving in the authoring of material for aspiring new-media professionals and a sound theoretical framework. Interactive Media is text, audio, video, illustration, photography and animation assembled in a non-linear, interactive format for delivery on the Internet, on digital media, or within informational kiosks and other presentation formats.

The Interactive Media Program works closely with the Departments of Art, Computer Science, and Theatre Arts to provide our students a well-rounded curriculum through interdisciplinary majors, minors, and coursework. Past cross-campus, student-faculty research projects have generated internationally recognized performances, exhibits, and interactive applications.

Interactive Media majors must complete all core coursework, additional required courses, and one area of concentration. Students select a concentration in one of the following areas; Animation and Visual Effects, Game Design, and Web and Application Design.

Animation and Visual Effects Concentration
The Animation and Visual Effects concentration focuses on elements of interactive media that include storytelling, motion graphics, narrative, interactive performance, cinematography, and animation. This area is both artistic and technical in nature. It includes the critical area of digital storytelling, the most important element in capturing and retaining the attention of the audience using high quality design and production techniques.

Where do Interactive Media Majors work?
Graduates from the Interactive Media Program work for interactive agencies, internal web communications departments, animation studios, motion graphics and design firms across the country as:

  • Web designers
  • Interactive Media coordinators
  • Instructional designers
  • Interactive Application designers
  • Media consultants
  • Corporate communications specialists
  • 3D Animators  

Recent Graduates of Bradley

  • Sound Effect Editor for the History Channel’s "WWII in HD" - Joel Raabe, '06
  • Creative director at JWT New York - Matt McDonald '98 
  • Project team member for Microsoft Gaming Platform Natal - Karisma Williams ‘04
  • Emmy Winner for Outstanding Main Title Design - Josh Bodnar ’99