Degree Concentrations

A concentration is an area of specialization that approved IAT majors may pursue within their Bachelor’s Degree. SIAT offers three areas of concentration in media arts, design, and interactive systems. It is recommended (although not required) that students complete a concentration. Students may choose their area of concentration after completing at least 27 units of lower division core courses.

Acceptance to some concentrations is limited due to the limited spaces in required courses; students will be accepted to these limited concentrations based on their CGPA and are required to maintain the specified CGPA while pursuing the limited concentration. Students in a concentration will recieve priority registration for that concentration's courses for 2 years.

Students who do not choose a concentration or are not accepted to any concentration may still complete concentration requirements and apply for recognition of the completed concentration on their degrees at the time of graduation.

Students may complete more than one concentration. All completed concentrations will be recognized on their degrees. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Students are required to have 27 units of lower division core coursework complete at the time of application.
  • Students must be admitted to the IAT major to apply.
  • Students will only be admitted to one concentration at a time.
  • Acceptance is based on a student’s IAT GPA
  • Admission is competitive

Application to a concentration:

Applications are accepted twice a year. Deadlines are June 15 for a Fall semester intake and October 15 for a Spring semester intake.


Students in our design concentration examine the relationship between people and technology and how thoughtful design practices improve these relations. Design principles are examined in order to improve the accessibility and intuitive nature associated with using technology. It also has an aesthetic mandate to provide products of clarity and attractiveness suited to their functional purposes within society and industry.

Students who choose this concentration must complete all of

  • IAT 333 - Interaction Design Methods (3)
  • IAT 334 - Interface Design (3)
  • IAT 336 - Materials in Design (3)
  • IAT 431 - Speculative Design (3)
  • IAT 437 - Representation and Fabrication (3)
  • IAT 438 - Interactive Objects and Environments (3)


Interactive Systems

Students in interactive systems learn about software applications used by people in work, living, learning and play. They study how to design, develop and apply interactive systems with particular emphasis on how people use them through a combination of computing foundations, user-centred design principles, and programming practice. This focus on systems building knowledge and skills prepares students for creating applications in areas such as the web, handheld devices and games.

Students who choose this concentration must complete six of

  • IAT 351 - Advanced Human-Computer Interaction (3)
  • IAT 352 - Internet Computing Technologies (3)
  • IAT 355 - Introduction to Visual Analytics (3)
  • IAT 359 - Mobile Computing (3)
  • IAT 410 - Advanced Game Design (3)
  • IAT 452 - Developing Design Tools (3)
  • IAT 455 - Computational Media (3)

Media Arts

The media arts concentration prepares students to be creators of computational and interactive media, ranging from mobile devices to large-scale virtual environments. Media Arts students learn how to analyze, design and innovate in building narrative, interactivity, video, animation, sound design, programming, performance and immersive technologies. These skills are a foundation for careers in digital entertainment, film, communications and software industries.

Students who choose this concentration must complete all of:

  • IAT 313 - Narrative and New Media (3)
  • IAT 320 - Body Interface (3)
  • IAT 343 - Animation (3)
  • IAT 344 - Moving Images (3)
  • IAT 443 - Interactive Video (3)
  • IAT 445 - Immersive Environments (3)