The Bachelor of Science in Web and Interactive Media at Penn College exposes students to the evolving and converging discipline labeled “Interactive Media”. Simply stated, interactive media deals with products and services which have been digitally created and respond to user actions. As an Interactive Media student at Penn College, you will learn how to integrate skills in web design/development, interactive marketing, social networking, digital communications, audio and video production, digital publishing, and production to create interactive, user-defined products and services.
About the curriculum
This is an interdisciplinary program. You'll have access to industry standard software and hardware, and will learn from faculty experts in Web design, audio and video production, graphic design, digital photography, typography, media writing, animation, graphic communications, marketing, e-commerce, and device development.
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Positions in Web and multimedia development include website design and development, social media marketing, instructional technologies, mobile development, app development, and digital publishing.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for web developers was $67,990 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $122,320.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services||25,600||$35.61||$74,070|
|Other Information Services||8,930||$39.08||$81,300|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||7,070||$34.87||$72,530|
|Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services||6,990||$35.56||$73,960|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||6,510||$39.34||$81,830|
Statistics reported in May 2017
Students must maintain a 'C' or greater in all BIM/BWM courses. The Web and Interactive Media major uses an A, B, C, and F grading scale in all BIM/BWM courses. Students should work closely with their advisers and with the program faculty to ensure that they are meeting all criteria for satisfactory progress in the program.
The B.S. degree in Web and Interactive Media is a transfer-friendly program. Students seeking entrance through transfer should strive to take courses at their respective institutions that provide competency in the following areas:
- Web technologies
- Digital photography
- Audio/video production
- Digital media editing
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
It is recommended that students purchase a laptop computer (preferably a Macintosh) to provide a personalized learning platform as they develop and practice their skills outside of class . Other related equipment and software may be required. Specifications
Clubs & Activities
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Web & Interactive Media Advisory Committee
- Mr. James Carpenter, '07, Director of Marketing Technology, Owner, MoJo Active Inc.
- Ms. Elizabeth Greenaway, Owner/Consultant, Short and Sweet Communications
- Mr. Chris Legarski, '03, Knowledge Engineer, Discovery Machine Inc.
- Mr. David Steele, '00, Partner, Intrada Technologies, Inc.
- Mr. Joseph Tertel, Jr., '02, Manager, eCommerce and Email Marketing, Rite Aid
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.