Interactive Arts and Science

Faculty of Humanities

Interactive Arts and Science

Program Overview

As a unique interdisciplinary area of study, the Interactive Arts and Science (IASC) program prepares the next generation of digital media innovators and scholars. You’ll focus on the intersection of interactive technologies and the humanities — gaining new digital media creation skills along the way. Benefits of the program include:

  • careers in interactive media design
  • a focus on the future of technology
  • individualized programs of study
  • academic and hands-on experience
  • located in beautiful Niagara

Program Foci

The Interactive Arts and Science program is designed for future-oriented students who think ‘outside the box' about a wide range of questions, such as:

The humanities in a digital world...

What will technology look like in the future?
How will all the information on the Internet be archived and preserved?
How has writing been transformed in the digital age?
How will we interact with maps in the future?
What will libraries look like in 20 years time?
How can massive data sets be visualized in creative ways?
How have emerging technologies changed the human experience?
How does digital scholarship intersect with my area(s) of academic interest?

Interactive media skills...

How can I develop new skill proficiencies with digital tools?
How can I build a portfolio of work that showcases my skills to potential employers?
How can I employ interactive media tools in my academic research?
How can I use digital production tools to achieve my creative goals?
How can I develop new digital tools to support the work of others?

Collaborating with others...

How can I collaborate with others on joint multimedia and academic projects?
What are the most effective practices for managing team-based projects?
How can I build and contribute to a online community of scholarship?

Career Opportunities

  • Multimedia/Web designer
  • Interactive fiction writer
  • Software developer
  • New media scholar
  • Digital tools specialist
  • 3D modeler
  • Graphic artist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Graduate studies

Program Pathways

Students can complete the Interactive Arts and Science program as:

  • a four year BA Honours degree
  • a three year BA Pass degree
  • a Combined Major
  • a Minor

New students who wish to focus directly on interactive technologies are encouraged to pursue the Interactive Arts and Science BA Honours or BA Pass programs. Current students who are majoring in other disciplines at Brock are encouraged to consider the Combined Major and Minor pathways.

Admission Requirements

Required 4U Subject: English (ENG4U)
Strongly recommended subjects: One from 4U history, 4U philosophy, 4U classical studies, or 4U international language

Future Students: Apply for the Interactive Arts and Science program through the Registrar’s Office.
Current Students: Consult with the IASC academic advisor about the Combined Major and Minor options.

Coursework

The Interactive Arts and Science program features a wide selection of courses that focus on interactive media, its concepts and theories, and underlying production methods. Several courses are cross-listed with other academic programs at Brock. There are also internship options and directed project courses that allow students to gain credit for learning experiences outside the formal classroom. The Interactive Arts and Science program is highly individualized. Most courses are taught in small groups and there is lots of flexibility to pursue a personalized program of study. There are also opportunities to collaborate with others, including faculty members and industry experts, on scholarly and interactive media projects.

Examples of Interactive Arts and Science courses include:

IASC 1P02 – Web Media Production IASC 3F91 – Innovations in Advanced Digital Media
IASC 1P10 – Introduction to Media Tools IASC 3P95 – Internship in Interactive Media
IASC 2F00 – Game Discourses and Criticism IASC 3P97 – Interactive Media Portfolio
IASC 2P90 – Computer-Mediated Communication IASC 4F00 – Team-based Practicum in Interactive Media Design and Production
IASC 2P96 – Introduction to 3D Modelling and Animation IASC 3P91 – Prototype Process and Development

To see the full list of Interactive Arts and Science courses, browse the IASC entry in the Undergraduate Calendar. (Please note that course offerings are subject to change.)

 

Events

Using Video Games to Entertain, Educate and Inform
September 24, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Narrative in video games
September 30, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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