The IML’s mandate is to ensure that all USC students have the opportunity to be leaders through innovative and scholarly uses of diverse media – including photography, web design, video, mobile media, virtual environments, interactive game design and social media tools. The IML is a dynamic, student-centered media hub, with state-of-the-art labs, nationally acclaimed faculty members, and unrivaled student support.
Many of our students, who begin with little or no media experience, go on to become award-winning digital innovators and scholars. In all cases, IML students leave USC ready to enhance their resumes with cutting edge skills, taking what they’ve learned into exciting and diverse careers.
The IML offers one undergraduate major program, a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts + Practice. The degree requires a total of 128 units, including a minimum of 14 lower-division units and 42 upper-division units in Cinematic Arts.
B.A., Media Arts + Practice
The IML also offers two non-major programs to undergraduate students: the Minor in Digital Studies and the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship. Neither of these programs stands alone; they are meant to complement a student’s major discipline.
Honors in Multimedia Scholarship
Minor in Digital Studies
The IML offers graduate level courses that focus on digital media theory and practice, introducing students to an array of authoring tools, in addition to special topics such as tangible computing, information visualization and digital pedagogies.
Students from any USC Master’s, professional or doctoral program are eligible to take IML graduate-level coursework. No prior media experience is required; instead, students should possess an interest in and passion for innovative scholarship and research practices.
For a list of IML’s graduate course offerings, click here.
“Twenty-first century literacy is the set of abilities and skills where aural, visual and digital literacy overlap. These include the ability to understand the power of images and sounds, to recognize and use that power, to manipulate and transform digital media, to distribute them pervasively, and to easily adapt them to new forms.” – 21st Century Literacy Summit, 2005
The IML is dedicated to developing educational programs and conducting research on the changing nature of literacy in a networked culture. Through more than 50 courses and many workshops, conferences and faculty institutes, the IML has amassed a tremendous body of information and experience regarding new forms of multimedia-enhanced teaching, research and scholarly publication.
For a list of the IML’s professional development course offerings, click here.