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Interactive Media students set to showcase thesis projects

During their annual Capstone Exhibition, students in Elon University’s Interactive Media master's program will present their semester-long projects on May 18 to local professionals, faculty, family and friends.

Elon University’s seventh Interactive Media master's program class will host its annual Capstone Exhibition on Wednesday, May 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Powell Building.

Under the theme “Aloha iMedia!,” the event will highlight the work of all 36 graduate students while exploring new avenues in interactive and digital media delivery. Capstone projects include promotional websites, interactive videos, mobile applications, user experience prototypes, multimedia storytelling, virtual reality and more. Students will present his or her project at individual stations, and attendees are encouraged to interact with students and their projects.

The following list is a sampling of featured projects:

  • Fractal Singularity by Chiara Costanzo – A mixed media virtual reality experience with multiple levels integrating video, audio, animation, script and 3D modeling.
  • La Mezcla Africana by Jordynn McKnight – An interactive site exploring the history of the African diaspora in the Americas and showcasing how that has affected identity through history, spoken word, music and art.
  • Gaming and Eye Tracking by Jake Moser – A Gazepoint eye tracker is used to play desktop games hands-free. The project will include a website for videos and data visualizations about the program and its intended audience.
  • Fetch by Michelle Murphy – A mobile application similar to Uber that would enable crowd sourced concession delivery at live events. People could use the Fetch app to receive or provide the service.

The Capstone Exhibition is the culmination of an intensive 10-month graduate program where students explore and master the digital landscape, travel to abroad to produce an interactive project for the public good, and complete specialized electives as they complete their final capstone thesis projects.

Each year, Interactive Media students coordinate the exhibition. Students design promotional materials, create public relations and social media content, and develop a website and video demo reels.

“I look forward to celebrating the end of our program with everyone,” said Hunter Barnhardt, a member of the 2016 iMedia class. “Throughout this year, I have been impressed by the quality of the work produced by our class, and I am sure the exhibition will be no exception to that.”

The Capstone Exhibition is open to media and communications industry experts, employers and prospective students beginning at 5 p.m., followed by friends and family at 6:30 p.m.

The 2016 iMedia graduation ceremony will be held on the following night, Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in Whitley Auditorium.

About the Program

Elon University’s Master of Arts in Interactive Media program is a 10-month, full-time graduate program that prepares students to think strategically across all media platforms. Students plan and create interactive media content, develop websites and mobile apps, and manage information for interactive news, entertainment and persuasive communications.

Tommy Kopetskie,
5/6/2016 3:25 PM