The Master of Science program in Integrated Digital Media is 30 credits, full or part-time. The required courses in the program are Ideation and Prototyping, Creative Coding, Media Studies, and Media Law. Some of the electives we offer include, but are not limited to, web design and development, digital cinema, game design and development, sound, live performance, interaction design, and mobile augmented reality. Graduate level special topics courses currently include assistive technology, human computer interfaces (HCI), mobile application development, user experience (UX) design, motion capture, digital fabrication, interactive installation, among many others. Four, required electives can all be taken within Integrated Digital Media or other programs within NYU Tandon School of Engineering OR three out of the four electives can be taken anywhere at NYU outside of NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Our students often take courses in other School of Engineering programs like Computer Science & Engineering and Tech Management & Innovation, as well as other NYU programs such as NYU Steinhardt's Music Technology and NYU Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications (ITP).
The curriculum combines project-based learning with the study of historical, legal and philosophical aspects of digital media. We emphasize the development of skills applicable to a broad spectrum of media through individual and collaborative work. Guest lectures and conferences supplement our curriculum and maximize students' personal contact with leaders in various sectors of the following fields: business, advocacy, service, entertainment and education. The program culminates in a thesis that combines theory and practice to showcase students' creative and technical abilities.
Our faculty include leading artists, designers, developers and performers who passionately engage in professional work and research at the intersection of engineering and creative practice.
Research and Outreach
Graduate students in IDM participate fully in research initiatives through the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (BxmC), the research arm of IDM, and in our partnerships with other programs and schools at NYU Engineering, NYC Media Lab, the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), NYU, and other NYC institutions.
Some of our top research areas include:
Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (BxmC)
The Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (BxmC) is the research arm of Integrated Digital Media at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. BxmC provides an interdisciplinary environment for media research at the School of Engineering, partnering faculty and students from the Integrated Digital Media program with collaborators from the School of Engineering, NYU, Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), New York City, and beyond. Our research combines experimental practices in media arts and engineering, constantly modifying industry-standard technologies and creating new ones. The BxmC has a close relationship with the School of Engineering's Incubators—Varick St., DUMBO and NYC-ACRE—to provide students with opportunities for internships and startup development in the ever-growing NY tech-start up scene.
Integrated Digital Media is located in MAGNET (NYU’s Media and Games Network), a 40,000 square foot facility on the MetroTech campus. MAGNET is a destination for faculty and students who share an interest in the intersection of games and media. MAGNET is a multi-school cluster that co-locates five academic programs from across the following NYU schools: Tisch School of the Arts; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Tandon School of Engineering; Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and the Computer Science Department of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.