KCAI’s innovative program in Interactivity views technology as a medium for artistic expression far out-reaching its original intent. With a wide array of electives available, students are given the opportunity to integrate and experiment with digital as well as analog mediums to produce highly engaging and compelling works. Using emerging technology as the backbone of creation allows students to become versed in software coding, physical computing and sensors, games and play dynamics, rapid prototyping, user testing and experiential design.
Major studies culminate during the senior year in studio courses devoted to producing projects leading toward a completed thesis work. While following processes used in the interactive art/entertainment and game industries, students follow through on conceptual brainstorming and sketching, model-making and preliminary builds, milestone tracking, revision and error checking and final functioning works.
This approach fully prepares students to enter the field with an informed perspective, strong portfolio and well-rounded sense of artistic and technical confidence. KCAI's Interactive Arts offers courses in game design that integrates the virtual, physical, historical and theoretical aspects of play. Students take specialized courses discussing level design, flow, character design, narrative, conceptualization and aesthetic choices as designers, paired with mechanics, systems, coding, problem-solving and logical analyses used by developers in today's growing gaming industry.