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Explore new frontiers with interactive media and discover the best way to deliver information to your target audience.
During this period of dynamic change in traditional print and broadcast media, it is absolutely essential that anyone interested in pursuing a career in media have a fundamental grasp of how the Internet, social media and technology are changing the way we gather, report, write and distribute news and information.This 30-hour interdisciplinary studies master's concentration provides students written, visual and technical competencies required to successfully communicate in the modern online and information-oriented environments.

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Why earn a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Interactive and Virtual Digital Communication?

The interdisciplinary studies program offers students a high degree of flexibility in designing a program of study that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Applicants to the master’s program can pursue one of two approaches — either a self-styled plan or a recognized concentration. Under a self-styled plan, students design a program to address a particular intellectual interest or study a multidisciplinary issue that combines existing courses from any graduate area of the university. Applicants should contact the Graduate School to discuss their intention to seek a self-styled plan. A recognized concentration provides more structure in the courses taken and is built around a defined interdisciplinary theme. For either approach, the degree awarded upon completion of the program is a Master of Arts or Master of Science with a major in interdisciplinary studies.

This program aims to:

  • Provide a solid foundation on the current trends in communicating news and information in today’s world.
  • Provide a theoretical and practical framework to assess how interactive and digital media, e.g. web sites, blogs, social media, mobile media, is impacting current business models for media and most companies today.
  • Help students understand how to best use technology and digital media to better reach news and existing readers, viewers, consumers and customers.
  • Update knowledge and skills related to digital media to take on a more active role in business and industry.

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Marketable Skills
  1. Work independently across two or more disciplines
  2. Teamwork
  3. Function across organizational silos through discipline integration
  4. Synthesize information and results
  5. Write in a professional and coherent manner


Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Interactive and Virtual Digital Communication Highlights

Whether you are a young recent graduate of a bachelor’s program or have been in the workforce for years, you can hone your talents for future employment where broad knowledge, advanced research, and effective communication skills are in high demand.
The program allows you to take classes in person at our Frisco or Denton campuses, or you can choose to complete it 100% online.
Our online master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies is ranked a Top 25 Program in the Nation by
Through UNT’s Interdisciplinary Studies program you will learn to sift through information and produce a body of work that synthesizes multiple perspectives, arriving at a more comprehensive understanding of the important issues.
The interdisciplinary studies program offers students a high degree of flexibility in designing a program of study that cuts across disciplinary boundaries.

Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Interactive and Virtual Digital Communication Courses You Could Take

Computer Graphics for Mediated Communications (3 hrs)
Application of computer graphics to the preparation and presentation of mediated materials. Includes principles of graphics communication, concepts in computer graphics, graphics input systems, graphics manipulation software and graphics output systems.
Introduction to Video Technology (3 hrs)
Basic skills in the production of audio and video materials for multi-media and other digital presentation media. Study of both analog and digital production techniques, nature of audio and video signals, and how those signals are optimized in both the analog and digital domains.
Human-Computer Interaction (3 hrs)
Study of the human as an information processor. Computer interface design that takes into consideration human capabilities and limitations. Educational implications of system input/output facilities. Impact upon instructional system design.
Information Behavior (3 hrs)
Human cognitive behavior in seeking, searching for, browsing, evaluating and using information. Concepts and contexts of types of knowledge and information need. Professional methods for and practice in user needs assessment, user profiling and mediation processes for purposes of developing user-centered information systems and services.
Web Content Development and Maintenance (3 hrs)
Designed to meet the needs of government, education and industry for entry-level personnel capable of establishing a web site, composing text and graphic files for the site, identifying, writing and installing scripts for the site for interactive applications. Special attention is given to OSHA accessibility regulations.
New Technologies of Mass Communication (3 hrs)
Theoretical and practical approaches to new technologies. Build and maintain weblogs (or “blogs”); analyze existing, mature blogs; discuss theories relating to Internet discourse of all sorts. Explores new technologies from the professional perspectives of working journalists and scrutinizes these same technologies from the perspectives of cultural critics who see not only a technology’s utility, but also its impact on society, its workers and its media content.

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