What is interactive media?

Websites, video games, and smartphone apps are three common types of interactive media. Interactive media engage the user and interact with her or him in a way that non-interactive media do not.  Interactive media is the integration of digital media including, but not limited to, electronic text, digital graphics, moving images, and sound, into a structured digital environment that allows people to interact with the data and interface. 

What can I do with an interactive media degree?

There are many careers you can go into with a solid interactive media background: media production specialist, front-end and back-end programmer, content creator, technical director, creative director, or project manager.

What will I learn as an interactive media major?

The interactive media industry is a very fluid field with many overlaps and blurred lines between itself and other sector. You will learn digital design techniques, methods for gathering metrics, and will learn the tools of project management and project implementation. 

In today's ever-changing world, technical proficiency alone is rarely enough for success. Concentration in interactive media is offered in collaboration with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (AIP). They combine the strength of a diverse liberal arts education and a strong art foundation gained at Carlow University with a concentration at the state-of-the-art computer studios of a leading technical arts school. Students in this program go beyond mere technical proficiency to a well-rounded education.


Where Our Graduates Go


Recent Carlow graduates who have majored in art have interned or accepted full-time positions in such places as:

  • North Hills School District
  • Duquesne City School District
  • Montour School District
  • Brunner
  • Manchester Craftsman's Guild
  • Allegheny Department of Human Services
  • 3E Trading


Carlow's art department graduates in studio art have been accepted into quality graduate programs that include: New York University, Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University, and Glasgow University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Carlow has produced working professional graphic designers, professional exhibiting artists, and many art educators.

Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Concentration in Interactive Design

Course Requirements: 33 credits + 30 Carlow credit equivalents at AIP
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Locations: Main Oakland Campus, AIP



Every two years Pittsburgh hosts one of the most important exhibitions of global contemporary art, The Carnegie International (CI). This course highlights the artists and artwork of the current CI and places these works in an historical context. The first half of the course will be devoted to issues in modern and avant-garde art in Europe and North America and sets the foundation for an in-depth exploration of the CI. The second half of this course will explore the ways in which the modernist tradition has been challenged and re-evaluated by contemporary postmodern and feminist artists from around the world, highlighting the work of artists represented in the CI.


An investigation of the history of art through the lens of feminist critical theory. Students explore the production and status of women artists and patrons as well as the representation of women in art from the Renaissance to the present. Students critically engage with course materials through class dialogue, written assignments, and collaborative projects.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.