Integrated Digital Media, B.S. | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Integrated Digital Media, B.S.

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Our Bachelor of Science program centers around the IDM core, a suite of courses that focus on the four areas of Image, Sound, Narrative, and Interactivity. These courses are combined with upper-level electives ranging from user experience design to augmented reality to motion capture, as well as courses from the Tandon Engineering core, media studies courses taken in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC), and additional courses in math, science, humanities, and social sciences. 

Students will be exposed to a maker-centric, project-based education focused on their development as socially engaged, creative individuals fluent in the use and development of cutting-edge technology. IDM students are encouraged to engage in research and to develop their own work through their classes, capstone projects, the Tandon VIP ProgramTandon InnoVentionNYU Entrepreneurship, the NYC Media Lab Combine Program, and internships within New York City’s $23.6B media industry.

As a research-active program within NYU Tandon School of Engineering, IDM faculty collaborate in research that integrates digital media and society. Our projects range from using motion capture technology to reimagine theatrical performance, to developing novel uses of virtual/augmented reality for health and wellness, to the integration of STEAM learning into special needs education, to the development of citizen science tools to empower NYC residents to monitor and report on noise pollution in their communities, to helping NASA JPL develop next-generation user interfaces for space exploration, to assisting with the search and visualization of the historical record of New York City.

Questions? Email idmadvise@nyu.edu

Internships and Careers

From industry giants to fast-paced startups, the most competitive companies in the world seek Tandon IDM students. You have the option of taking part in our internship course that allows you to work at an internship and receive course credit. This course is a great way to gain experience in fields of your interest while earning credits towards graduation. See General Criteria for Internship Site Placements for more information.

Below is a small sample of some of the places our IDM students have interned or worked at:

Companies

  • American Express
  • Apple Corporate
  • Etsy
  • Instagram
  • Google
  • HTC China
  • Major League Gaming
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Verizon

Careers

  • Game Developer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Digital Graphic Designer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Video Editor

Curriculum

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.

That blend of theory and practice defines our program. It's what we mean by "integrated" - the powerful combination of emerging media and technology, creative mastery, and critical thinking. 

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Digital Media,  you need to complete 120 credits distributed among the required and elective courses listed below.

All Digital Media (DM) courses are offered as studios in which you will be expected to produce finished projects of professional quality under the guidance of active digital media practitioners who are informed by a powerful understanding of the creative and critical context of their work. 


Digital Media Core (42 Credits Minimum)

3 Credits Audio Foundation Studio DM-UY1113
This course is an orientation to the essential concepts and practices of digital audio. It is a creative and theoretical foundation studio that combines an orientation to sound and listening with fundamental techniques of digital audio production: recording, editing, and mixing. The course covers topic areas such as microphone and field recording techniques, recording studio best practices,
audio editing, DAW (digital multi-track) production, and mixing.
DM-UY1123 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY1133 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY1143 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY2193 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY2263 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY4173 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY4003 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

DM 2/3/4XXX DM Studio Electives or DM 4034 Internship, 18 credits

Math, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (60 Credits)

EG-UY1001 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
EXPOS-UA1 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
EXPOS-UA2 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
MCC-UE0001 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
MCC-UE0003 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
MD-UY2314 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
PH-UY1213 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
PH-UY1223 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Introduction to Programming & Problem Solving CS-UY1114
This course introduces problem solving and computer programming and is for undergraduate Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors who have limited prior experience in programming in any language. The course covers fundamentals of computer programming and its underlying principles using the Python programming language. Concepts and methods introduced in the course are illustrated by examples from various disciplines. ABET competencies: a,b,c, e, f, g, k
Corequisite: EX-UY 1; Anti-requisite: CS-UY 1113
MA-UY2414 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Choose additional math, science, humanities, and social sciences courses in consultation with Integrated Digital Media's Academic Advisor, 27 credits

**MCC-UE XXXX

Select one course from either of the following field of studies (with the EXCEPTION of MCC-UE 1029 New Media Research Studio; MCC-UE 1031 Digital Media Theory and Practice; MCC-UE 1033 Critical Making; and MCC-UE 1585 Creative Coding):

  • Technology and Society or
  • Interaction and Social Processes

View Steinhardt's Media, Culture and Communication webpage.

Free Electives (18 Credits)

18 credits of free electives


The minor in Integrated Digital Media is intended for students interested in developing their knowledge and practical skills in and around digital media production technology. As with the BS degree in Integrated Digital Media, courses provide theoretical context and also teach hands-on production expertise in various areas, such as digital filmmaking, web design, 3D graphics, game design, and digital audio. This minor is valuable for students who want to seize their own means of production in their primary fields, allowing them to design, create, and publish media content within the intellectual context of digital media in the 21st century.

The IDM minor requires a minimum of 15 credits in DM classes:
3 credits in Audio or Visual Foundation Studio
12 credits of DM courses at the 1/2/3/4XXX level 


Courses are divided into these main groups, with experimental courses offered as special topics based on student and faculty interest.

Image

DM-UY1123 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY2163 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY2173 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

3D Graphics

3 Credits 3D Modeling DM-UY2133
In this studio, students will learn to produce and render high-quality 3D models. Upon completion of this course, students will have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of modeling, texturing, animation and lighting using industry standard software. Students may create content for video games, web, film, or other interfaces.
3 Credits 3D Animation DM-UY3133
Students will learn advanced techniques of 3D computer animation, along with the theories and principles of motion including motion capture. Students will become comfortable utilizing cameras, lights, dynamics, motion, and effects in
an industry-standard software. Comprehensive critiques will be conducted regularly to encourage good design for time-based animation.
Prerequisites: DM-UY 2133
DM-UY4133 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Cinema

3 Credits Narrative Cinema DM-UY2123
In this course, students complete a coordinated sequence of short projects that add up to a finished, live-motion video project. The course strongly emphasizes the relevance of particular tools and techniques to the specific project Concepts are introduced through the screening of historical examples, from 1895 to the present. The course format is modeled on professional standards and workflow for preproduction, production and postproduction.
Prerequisites: DM-UY 2263
DM-UY3123 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY4123 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Digital Photography

DM-UY2183 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY3813 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Sound

3 Credits Audio Foundation Studio DM-UY1113
This course is an orientation to the essential concepts and practices of digital audio. It is a creative and theoretical foundation studio that combines an orientation to sound and listening with fundamental techniques of digital audio production: recording, editing, and mixing. The course covers topic areas such as microphone and field recording techniques, recording studio best practices,
audio editing, DAW (digital multi-track) production, and mixing.
3 Credits Sound Design for Media DM-UY2113
This course explores sound design, primarily within visual contexts. The course will focus on the use of sound within visual and interactive media, including film, video production, interactive user experience, web design, and
gaming. Students will create weekly studio assignments in all of these areas, with an emphasis on developing a strong competence in integrating digital audio techniques into other media. Final projects could include novel sound
design developed for film, video, web, applications, or games.
Prerequisite(s): DM-UY 1113 or MPATE-UE 1001
DM-UY3113 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Interactivity

DM-UY1133 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Game Development 

DM-UY2153 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY3153 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY4153 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Web

DM-UY2193 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY3193 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Mobile Application Development

DM-UY4193 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Storytelling

MD-UY2314 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

UX

DM-UY1143 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY2143 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Other Courses

DM-UY4003 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY4034 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY4173 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY4911 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY4913 Please refer to the bulletin for more information


Special Programs

The Bachelor of Science program in Integrated Digital Media is designed to allow students the opportunity to complete a semester abroad, typically the spring semester of the junior year. Students may participate in NYU's Global Network. Several IDM students have studied abroad at NYU Shanghai's Interactive Media Arts (IMA) program

If you are interested in studying abroad, set up an appointment with your academic advisor, who will discuss what programs IDM students have studied abroad in the past and what courses they generally take while abroad. They will also advise and guide you on the study abroad process.


The Department of Technology, Culture and Society can help motivated students utilize the School of Engineering's BS/MS program to simultaneously earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Integrated Digital Media in an accelerated manner through the BS/MS Program.

You must complete the full requirements for each degree, but how you do so depends on factors such as what AP credits you have earned, how many summer classes you can take, and your ability to stay on track toward the goal. To participate in the program, you must apply at the end of your second year.

Below is an example of how to complete a BS/MS degree in Integrated Digital Media. Please note that the courses below are not prescriptive, and you would be choosing courses in accordance with your interests and in consultation with the IDM advisor.

First Year - Fall

EG-UY1001 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Audio Foundation Studio DM-UY1113
This course is an orientation to the essential concepts and practices of digital audio. It is a creative and theoretical foundation studio that combines an orientation to sound and listening with fundamental techniques of digital audio production: recording, editing, and mixing. The course covers topic areas such as microphone and field recording techniques, recording studio best practices,
audio editing, DAW (digital multi-track) production, and mixing.
EXPOS-UA1 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY1123 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY2193 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

First Year - Spring

PH-UY1213 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Introduction to Programming & Problem Solving CS-UY1114
This course introduces problem solving and computer programming and is for undergraduate Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors who have limited prior experience in programming in any language. The course covers fundamentals of computer programming and its underlying principles using the Python programming language. Concepts and methods introduced in the course are illustrated by examples from various disciplines. ABET competencies: a,b,c, e, f, g, k
Corequisite: EX-UY 1; Anti-requisite: CS-UY 1113
EXPOS-UA2 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY1133 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY1143 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Second Year - Fall

Humanities/Math/Science Elective Credits: 4
Humanities/Math/Science Elective Credits: 4
Humanities/Math/Science Elective Credits: 4

DM-UY2263 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
PH-UY1223 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Second Year - Spring

MD-UY2314 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
MA-UY2414 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

DM 2/3/4XXX Elective Credits: 3
MCC-UE 0001 - Introduction to Media Studies or MCC-UE 0003 - History of Media and Communication Credits: 4
DM 2/3/4XXX Elective Credits: 3

Third Year - Fall

DM 2/3/4XXX Elective Credits: 3
Free Elective Credits: 4
Humanities/Math/Science Elective Credits: 4
Free Elective Credits: 4
DM 6/7/8/9XXX Elective Credits: 3

Third Year - Spring

DM 2/3/4XXX Elective or DM 4034 Internship Credits: 3
Humanities/Math/Science Elective Credits: 4
Free Elective Credits: 4
Select one course from either the Technology and Society or Interaction and Social Processes field of studies with the EXCEPTION of MCC-UE 1029 New Media Research Studio; MCC-UE 1031 Digital Media Theory and Practice; MCC-UE 1033 Critical Making; and MCC-UE 1585 Creative Coding. Credits: 4
DM 6/7/8/9XXX Elective Credits: 3

Fourth Year - Fall

DM 2/3/4XXX Elective Credits: 3
DM 2/3/4XXX Elective Credits: 3
Humanities/Math/Science Elective Credits: 4
Free Elective Credits: 4
DM 6/7/8/9XXX Elective Credits: 3

Fourth Year - Spring

DM-UY4003 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY4173 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY7033 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Humanities/Math/Science Elective Credits: 4
Free Elective Credits: 4

Fifth Year - Fall

DM-UY9963 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
DM-UY6043 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

DM 6/7/8/9XXX Elective Credits: 3
DM 6/7/8/9XXX Elective Credits: 3

Fifth Year - Spring

DM-GY997X Please refer to the bulletin for more information

DM 6/7/8/9XXX Elective Credits: 3