48 months
27840 USD/year
27240 USD/year
10128 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Interactive Design for Media program from West Virginia University is perfect for students interested in using graphics, animation, images, video, audio, mobile apps, etc. to tell captivating stories.


This Interactive Design for Media program from West Virginia University combines courses in journalism and strategic communication, art and design, and coding to provide you with the creative and analytical skills to evolve with this ever-changing industry.

Demand is growing for interactive audiovisual media experiences, mobile application and video game production. In this major, you will be exposed to the latest innovations in digital media to create visually stunning and timely interactive experiences.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the concepts related to the visual, spatial, sound, motion, interactive, and temporal elements/features of digital technology and principles for their use in the creation and application of digital media-based work.
  • Understanding of narrative and other information/language structures for organizing content in time-based or interactive media; the ability to organize and represent content structures in ways that are responsive to technological, social, and cultural systems.
  • Understanding of the characteristics and capabilities of various technologies (hardware and software); their appropriateness for particular expressive, functional, and strategic applications; their positions within larger contexts and systems; and their influences on individuals and society.
  • Knowledge of the processes for the development and coordination of digitally-based art and design strategies (for example, storyboarding, concept mapping, and the use of scenarios and personas).
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize relevant aspects of human interaction in various contexts (physical, cognitive, cultural, social, political, and economic) and with respect to technologically-mediated communication, objects, and environments.
  • Understanding of what is useful, usable, effective, and desirable with respect to user/ audience-centered digitally-based communication, objects, and environments.
  • Knowledge of history, theory, and criticism with respect to such areas as film, video, technology, and digital art and design.
  • Ability to work in teams and to organize collaborations among people from different disciplines.
  • Ability to use the above competencies in the creation and development of professional quality digital media productions.


  • Graduates are highly adaptive professionals who can acquire, practice and transfer evolving skill sets with ease. Potential jobs include project managers, multimedia artists, interactive media developers and communicators, animators and web designers. They may also work as program managers who coordinate graphic designers, programmers and developers to share a client’s message in a cohesive way on a variety of platforms.
  • There are opportunities for graduates with interactive design skills in a variety of industries. Our students have been hired by the National White Color Crime Center, WVU Health Sciences and marketing firms. The program is also beneficial for entrepreneurial-minded students who are interested in producing and selling their original work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Photography
  • Interactive Design
  • Visual Journalism and New Media
  • Gaming Design and Digital Narrative
  • Multimedia Storytelling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for general admission.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.
  • For direct admission to some colleges and majors, SAT or ACT scores are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing services. Please review the program requirements. For all other majors, international students are encouraged but not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if available. SAT/ACT scores are useful for determining scholarship eligibility.
  • WVU welcomes applications from students with IGCSE and O-Level Certificates from Cambridge International for admissions consideration.

Tuition Fee

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    27840 USD/year
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  • National

    27240 USD/year
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  • In-State

    10128 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 10128 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Morgantown

775 - 1290 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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