Your First Year of IMA

Coming into my first year of Interactive Media Arts isn’t anything I thought it would be, though I wasn’t even sure what to expect.

In the summer family and friends would always ask me what I was going to school for in the fall. When I told them I was taking a program called Interactive Media Arts, it was usually followed by a confused look and questioning what it was. I couldn’t actually give anyone a straight answer on what I was getting myself into because I honestly didn’t even know myself. My default answer would always be “It’s web design stuff…” while not knowing exactly what that was or what it could mean.

This is the “web design stuff” to expect your first term in IMA.

If you’ve grown up with or at least know who the Ninja Turtles are, you’re already one step ahead in visual communications. The visual communications course mostly focuses on different art styles, art history and the elements and principles of design. Coming into this program I didn’t have any background in art since I took band all throughout highschool. Having to really dig deep into what an artist was thinking while creating a piece is very challenging to do when you’ve had no experience with it. But you learn, and teach your eye to really look deeper into the meaning of things and to distinguish different art styles.

<p> For an hour after lunch everyday is coding, coding and more coding. Networld is where you learn basic html and css to code a website. If your code is broken, you probably forgot a  “ ; ”</p> 

You’ll never listen to a movie the same again after learning how to create foley sounds. Digital Audio teaches you how to record and edit voice overs, commercials, soundscapes, sound sfx and music montages with Adobe Audition. Writing skills and Media writing are two classes that teach you different styles and techniques of writing while the Digital Design class explores the many tools of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects. And lastly in the Digital Video class, we learnt how to operate a DSLR camera, capture video and photography stills, set up 3 point lighting and to edit in Premier Pro.

Every class led down to one big final project at the end of the term that took about a month to complete. It was interesting to finally see how all of the different classes came together in the end with all of the different tools I had used and learnt throughout.

The IMA (Interactive Media Arts) Program and Why I Love it.

The IMA program is a very comprehensive and fun course to take, I’ve been in the program for over half a year at this point and I’ve gone from knowing nothing about graphical and sound designing to video editing before I had even came here and from the courses here I’ve learned so much about them and I still continue to learn more and find new tricks to help me work on and do my assignments.

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Trial and Error. Signed, your best friend

With the ability to share our knowledge and inspirations with others around the world: how do we come up something that is fresh, new and exciting? Collaboration. If you find yourself stuck in a rut unable to come up with an idea; Feedback from others is amazing. Will you always agree with that person? Probably not. Although, it never hurts to receive feedback. We will all have moments where we will fail miserably but, those failures will end up teaching us a lesson in time.

Trial and error is crucial step in order to succeed. There will be days where your mind will be blank or you didn’t present your best work but there is always a lesson to be learned with each experience. I know that I have. After I graduated high school I thought I wanted to be a teacher. I enrolled at Brandon University under a Bachelor of Fine Arts hoping to get into the Education program. I knew within a few months that university was not for me. The hardest part was realizing how disappointed I felt in myself for not succeeding. I worked different jobs and held a steady position with a great company in Brandon for almost four years but I was also very unsatisfied with the way my life was. I felt that at my age of 24, I should have been finished my post secondary education already.

I often found myself expressing my ideas in creative ways and would admire digital art that I’ve seen online. I had a flashback to my grade 12 year, right before I graduated. My art teacher suggested that I take a look into the Interactive Media Arts program. I ended up doing a spend a day here but at the age of 17. With not much life experience, paired along with immaturity, I decided to go to BU instead. I often wondered if I chose the program here, would I have followed the same path of becoming a dropout? It took me a lot of failures, hard work, and perseverance to become the person who I am today. There still will be moments where I am sure that I may fail and question myself. Despite this I am also reminded of the woman who already got through so much and will continue to keep fighting in order to be the person I want to be.