As technology continues to rapidly expand and be integrated into our daily lives, critical thinkers and creative makers play a vital role now and in the future. When you major in Interactive Multimedia, you will learn a spectrum of digital design in the interdisciplinary environment. You will be ready to excel not only in creative fields but also in business and other non-arts and design-related territories. Our resources including state-of-the-art facilities, performance studios, extensive equipment, gallery, College library and Media Center will foster and showcase your imagination.
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What you’ll study:
Physical Computing, Design Thinking, Creative Coding, Web Design, Interactive Installation, 3D Modeling, Animation, Game Design, Motion Design, Sound Design, Video Production and emerging technology
What you can do:
Pursue careers in interaction design, web design, graphic arts, animation, motion graphics, advertising, virtual reality, game design and experiential design.
- Classes are led by industry professionals.
- 16:1 Student-Faculty Ratio.
- Employment in the interactive multimedia field is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024 due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies and TV. (Source: bls.gov)
- Interactive media experts are in demand due to the shift from traditional classroom to online and interactive learning environments.
- With the support of Bloomfield College Alumni Association and Trustee Jacquie Colgan and her husband, Bill, CAT alumnus, Ray Rivera ’08 and CAT launched a startup on campus to provide hands-on internship opportunities to CAT students.
- The College's 360-Degree Virtual Tour was created by an alumnus who owns his own business. He was helped by two Bloomfield College students.
You could be …
An interaction designer: Median pay $79,767 per year. Interaction designers develop web-based platforms, including smartphone apps that companies use to interact with and engage consumers.
An interactive media specialist: Median pay $79,767 per year. Interaction designers develop web-based platforms, including smartphone apps that companies use to interact with and engage consumers.
An interactive media specialist: Median pay $44,386 per year. Using digital technologies, interactive media specialists plan, execute and measure the results of a company's digital marketing initiatives.
A visual effects artist: Median pay $78,471 per year. Visual effects artists create in-game effects or post-production effects for movies, games, TV shows and commercials.
A web developer: Median pay $66,130 per year. Web developers design and create websites and are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity.
A user experience (UX) designer: Median pay $72,338 per year. UX designers create designs for end users that are attractive and functional. It’s all about solving problems and creating efficiency.
(Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)
Yuichiro Nishizawa is an associate professor and the chair of the Division of Creative Arts & Technology.
Professor Nishizawa attended Rhode Island School of Design (BFA in Film/Animation/Video) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and MFA in Art and Technology).
Working with the diverse population of students and like-minded peers at Bloomfield College fuels Nishizawa. He regards his position as a privilege. He is “committed to the practice of knowledge as trans-disciplinary, teaching/learning as non-hierarchical, experiential and collaborative, and education as critical reflection, liberation and social action.”
He has enjoyed teaching regularly the following classes:
- Design Thinking & Practice
- Interaction & Interface: Introduction to Physical Computing
- Process && Interaction: An Introduction
- Japanese Culture and Language
- Post-Studio: Collaboration
- Geographies of Experience
Nishizawa, born in Tokyo, is interested in the complexity of the technological influences on and beyond everyday experience. He employs a wide array of media and methods in his work and inquiry. His hope is to provide an experience that brings the viewer to questions, furthers their own spirit of inquiry, engages their curiosity, and prompts them to imagine. His innate interest in function and form, conjoined with his investigation, has also led him to pursue furniture design and fabrication.