Curriculum

IDM Program Director Luke DuBois shows graduate students the Max Patch that will allow for multi-channel video display.

IDM Co- Director Luke DuBois shows graduate students the max patch that will allow for multi-channel video display.

You must complete 30 credits over a minimum of 3 semesters to obtain a Master of Science in Integrated Digital Media. The coursework is:

  • IDM Grad Core (4 courses)
  • 4 Elective Courses
  • Thesis sequence (2 courses)
  • Grad colloquium every semester you are enrolled (0-credits, pass/fail)

IDM Grad Core (4 courses)

DM 6043 Theories and Cultural Impact of Media & Technology
DM 6053 Ideation and Prototyping
DM 6063 Creative Coding
DM 7033 Media Law

Thesis Sequence (2 courses)

DM 9963 MS Pre-Thesis in Digital Media: Research Methods
DM 997X MS Thesis in Digital Media

Four (4) Elective Courses

Electives, which may include Special Topics Courses, an Independent Study, or a 3-credit Internship, in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), motion capture, user-experience design (UX), live performance, sound, cinema, interaction design, game design, and web to raise your expertise level in a particular area.

Special Topics courses, 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 UX/UI or Mobile Application Development (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 4034 Internship one semester in advance to prepare for the internship. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for internships for credit.

Students can take graduate courses offered by other departments at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, including Tech Management and Innovation, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and others. After the first semester of study, students can also take up to 3 elective, graduate courses offered through other NYU schools.

Graduate Colloquium

DM 9990 Graduate Colloquium
The graduate colloquium which is more like a gathering than a course is required every semester you are enrolled and is 0-credits, pass/fail. The graduate colloqium is where ALL current graduate students get to meet one another in the program on a weekly basis. During the grad colloquium, there may be talks by practicing artists, designers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and creative technologists. The purpose of the grad colloquium is to enhance our graduate community so students can get to know one another and their work, as well as build and cultivate professional networks.

Recommended sequence of courses

This is the recommended sequence of courses. However, other combinations are possible. Please discuss with Eric Maiello, IDM's Coordinator of Academic Programs.
 
Alongside the grad colloquium, we highly suggest that you take 3 courses at 3 credits per course for your first 3 semesters and take only the thesis course in your final semester. It is required that you enroll in the pre-thesis and thesis courses sequentially (not concurrently) in your final two semesters. Below is an example of the distribution of credit requirements.

First Semester, Fall

DM 6063 Creative Coding
DM 6053 Ideation and Prototyping
1 Elective Course
DM 9990 Graduate Colloquium

Second Semester, Spring

DM 6043 Theories and Cultural Impact of Media & Technology
DM 9990 Graduate Colloquium
2 Elective Courses

Third Semester, Fall

DM 9963 MS Pre-Thesis in Digital Media: Research Methods
DM 7033 Media Law
DM 9990 Graduate Colloquium
1 Elective Course

Fourth Semester, Spring

DM 997X MS Thesis in Digital Media
DM 9990 Graduate Colloquium