Future Students

Welcome to Bradley University’s Department of Interactive Media. Our students major in:

Our students begin creating animations, developing games, and designing user experiences from their very first semester at Bradley University. We believe it is important not to wait until our students’ junior year to begin working with the. Our students spend their entire time at Bradley University in small classes, working with our full-time faculty and mastering their chosen discipline.

The skills we teach are in high demand, and not just at animation and game companies. Our students certainly do find work in those industries at top-tier companies like Blizzard Entertainment, Disney Channel, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures, Microsoft Game Studios, f84 Games, Deep Silver Volition Games, Fuse FX, and Williams Interactive. But they also find work throughout the high-tech sector at companies like ABCMouse.com, Cars.com, Caterpillar, Cisco, Discovery Digital Networks, Formlabs, Google, Groupon, McGraw-Hill Education, Microsoft, Oracle, Simantel, and State Farm.

If you look at LinkedIn’s 25 Hottest Skills of 2015 (the skills that got people hired), more than half of them are ones which are taught as part of the education students receive in the Department of Interactive Media. “Game Development” does not quite make the top 25, but it was the world’s 29th hottest skill in 2015 according to LinkedIn.

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Small class sizes are a key component of our educational structure with close engagement with faculty and access to the tools needed for success.

Our programs are rigorous and highly ranked, but (with the exception of our Animation & Game Design BFA), they do not have a portfolio admission requirement. Our admission requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

We encourage all potential candidates to consider a visit to campus to learn more about what Bradley has to offer and why the Princeton Review and the Midwest Animation Review have highly ranked the department. Visit our our admissions page to get more information about how to visit and apply to Bradley University.

Animation

The Animation major is ranked as one of the best in the Midwest. Students learn many different styles of animation and emerge with a diverse knowledge of the field that can lead to a career in a variety of media outlets. Scott Cavanah is the advisor and coordinator for the Animation major. His office is GCC 133A and he can be contacted at spcavanah@bradley.edu. Visit the Animation major’s page for more information.

Animation & Game Design BFA

The Animation & Game Design BFA combines the curricula of our Animation and Game Design programs. Scott Cavanah is the advisor and coordinator for the major. His office is GCC 133A and he can be contacted at spcavanah@bradley.edu.  Visit the Animation & Game Design BFA major’s page for more information.

Game Design

Our acclaimed Game Design major is ranked #15 in the nation and #1 in the Midwest by the Princeton Review. Ethan Ham is the advisor and coordinator for the Game Design major. His office is GCC 200 and he can be contacted at eham@bradley.edu. Visit the Game Design major’s page for more information.

Interactive Media

Our Interactive Media major offers students more flexibility than our other majors in which of the department’s courses they take. It is a good option for students who are transferring into the program from another major or school. Ethan Ham is the advisor and coordinator for the Game Design major. His office is GCC 200 and he can be contacted at eham@bradley.edu. Visit the Interactive Media major’s page for more information.

User Experience Design

User Experience Design is a young field. Its practitioners are highly sought after and well-compensated. Our major provides students all the tools they need to enter the workforce as a UX professional. User Experience Design majors are required to minor (or double major) in either Graphic Design or Computer Science. Ethan Ham is the advisor for the major. His office is GCC 200 and he can be contacted at eham@bradley.edu.  Visit the User Experience Design major’s page for more information.