Welcome to the Interactive Media & Web Design (IMWD) program at Lindenwood. If you’ve been here long, you know that we truly have a learning community within this program. As a member of this community, you’ll form relationships, skills, and work habits that you will carry with you throughout your career. Each of you should know that your advisor is here to help you, but that you shouldn’t hesitate to communicate directly with any of your professors.
We want each of you to be successful, both in academia as well as in your career. There are a few habits you can form during your time at LU that will help you to reach your potential.
- Welcome constructive criticism. The feedback you will get from peers, professors, and even clients will be of great value to you as a designer. The student who responds positively to feedback, tends to produces work that more accurately fulfills the needs of the client.
- Often we fail to reach our full potential simply because we stop when we achieve something good. Experiment and refine in an effort to produce the best work possible. Multiple versions of a project will help in the refinement of your piece.
- Approach every assignment with a commitment to produce the very best work you can produce. Your goal should be to create a portfolio-worthy piece with every assignment you are given.
- Often design contest and freelance work may come your way, other times you may need to seek them out. Consider the value that can be attained, beyond merely the financial aspects of such offerings. Such activities allow you to apply skills in a real world scenario and often receive compensation for doing so.
- Seek learning beyond what is merely offered in the classroom. Taking ownership of the learning process and striving to be the very best you can be involves more than merely sitting in a classroom. Embrace knowledge.
Commit to applying these habits as you work through the Interactive Media & Web Design program and again in your future career. Doing so will undoubtedly set you apart from the competition!
We also want to make sure you have access to the important information you’ll need to navigate your way through our courses toward graduation.
- Lionmail – the primary way for the University and your professors to communicate with you. Make sure you don’t miss any important announcements about your classes or life on campus.
- Student Portal – your central gateway to your academic and financial records at Lindenwood. Not only will you enroll for classes each semester using the portal, but you can also login periodically to check your transcripts, schedules, and more.
- Program Planning Guides – checklists (commonly called “bingo sheets”) that list all of your degree requirements in a way that allows you to keep track of where you stand in your progress toward graduation. Your personal bingo sheet should correspond to the LU Catalog of the year you first enrolled.
- Blackboard – Many LU courses (including a number of courses in our department) use Blackboard as a way of hosting online learning materials.
- IMWD Club – The objectives of this club shall be to provide a meeting ground for students interested in digital art, web development, etc. It will provide an open forum for discussing ideas in those fields, and helping to better one another by sharing ideas, techniques, works, and constructive critique on those works.
- Interactive Media & Web Design Firm – The Design Firm is a place where students will gain real-world experience and build an incredible portfolio. By utilizing our vast array of graphic, web and design software from companies such as Adobe, Corel and Maxon, students will acquire sought after on-the-job skills. Students will also have the opportunity to work with our state of the art computers, tablets, printers and cameras.
- LUTV – Lindenwood’s television station, which airs 24 hours per day on Charter Cable (channel 989) and AT&T U-Verse (channel 99). It also streams constantly on the web, making it available worldwide. LUTV provides limitless opportunities for practical experience, and it provides a showcase for student work.
- LindeLink.com – a multimedia online news platform combining text, photo, video, and social media to tell stories. The website is the online home for news content within the School of Communications and offers creative students a place to innovate and showcase their work.
- The Legacy – a weekly, broadsheet student newspaper published through the school year by student editors, reporters, photographers and artists.
- Butler Library – Lindenwood’s library maintains a number of print, video, and online resources for film and media studies.