You must complete 30 credits over 3 semesters to obtain a Master of Science in Integrated Digital Media. Our students typically take a 4 course load at 3 credits per course in the fall and spring of their first year. We recommend that you enroll in each of the 3-credit thesis seminars in your second and third semesters. Below is the distribution of your credit requirements.
IDM Program Director Luke DuBois shows graduate students the Max Patch that will allow for multi-channel video display.
First Semester, Fall
Media Organizations, Credits: 3.00
Media Studies Seminar, Credits: 3.00
The first-year seminar provides a dual role as a graduate-level course in media studies (complete with a writing-intensive research project) and a forum for students to present creative and technical work for peer review and group critique.
Choose 2 studio courses offered in performance, sound, cinema, 3D, interaction design, game design, and web and networked media that you think will best raise your expertise level in a specialty for which you are well prepared. While the studio courses are broad in scope (they cover a conceptual theme prevalent in digital media rather than a specific sub-topic), they each require focused production work on a final project, and involve collaboration with colleagues who have complementary skills and interests.
Second Semester, Spring
Media Law Seminar, Credits: 3.00
Ms Thesis in Digital Media, Credits: Variable
Choose 2 elective courses (“Specials”), which may include DM 9103
Special Topics in Digital Media, Credits: 3.00 or a 3-credit Internship. “Special” electives, taught by regular and adjunct faculty, are selected each year from a group of possible courses based on the interests of the first-year class. For example, if the entering DM class is specifically interested in machine vision (based on its project work in the first-semester seminar), the faculty will “commission” an elective on that topic.
Independent Study enrollment is permitted for DM students interested in specific research areas outside of the electives offered.
Internships are available for students seeking to gain job experience outside of the School of Engineering in the commercial or nonprofit sector. Students should contact the instructor for DM 4033 - Internship one semester in advance to prepare for the internship. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for internships for credit.
Third Semester, Fall
DM 997X Ms Thesis in Digital Media, Credits: Variable
For your third semester, you will choose 1 elective course and continue wth the 3-credit Thesis Seminar to complete the thesis project you started in the second semester, in a group environment supervised by a faculty member. At the end of the seminar, you will prepare and defend your thesis project before a faculty committee.