Meet Cassidy Haney

I was drawn to the IDM portion of this degree because of the freedom the degree allowed, coupled with the curriculum of more in depth media and design courses.



 

Have you taken an IDM course(s) online?


Yes! I took Media Law online over the summer. This was wonderful for me. It allowed me to travel back to Florida to be with family for a little while, without falling behind academically. The course was well outlined, and the professors were always willing to talk to us in and out of the scheduled class time. They were attentive, and willing to do whatever they needed to do to make the course run as smoothly as possible. Overall, it was a great experience!

 

What inspired you to pursue a Master's degree in integrated digital media?


I always knew I wanted to do the dual BS/MS program at Tandon. I had always been interested in accelerated learning, and really felt that this program would be a great fit for me. What I found was not a great fit, however, was deciding what I wanted the BS and MS to be in. I changed around both degrees a few times before settling on Sustainable Urban Environments for the BS and IDM for the MS, and I could not be happier.

I was drawn to the IDM portion of this degree because of the freedom the degree allowed, coupled with the curriculum of more in depth media and design courses. I was able to tailor the degree to make it what I wanted, which is not something that many other degree programs can offer. This allowed me to take classes I wanted to in basically any school within NYU, and to take them on my own time. I was able to take environmental design courses along with programming courses, and then follow that with independent study courses or courses through Tisch. I was able to explore many different fields and ideas, and for that I am very grateful.

 

 

What set the integrated digital media program at NYU apart from others you considered?


I do not think this is really pertinent to me, as I was in the BS/MS program. However, I did choose this program instead of the Civil Engineering programs at Tandon because of the freedom in choosing courses that this program offered.

 

Which courses in the program made the biggest impact for you, and why?


My favorite courses I have taken have been the interdisciplinary courses that cover many topics. These courses would be classes like Kat McDermott’s “Wearable Tech” or Creative Coding. These courses combined media and design with abstract theory, and created really meaningful academic and lifelong experiences.

 

What specific skills or mindsets did you develop here which were pivotal to your career?


Something I learned during this program was that, no matter how hard you try, you cannot do anything without help. There is a beauty in teamwork and mutual innovation that this program really fosters, and I am so happy to have been a part of that. This program taught me that it is okay to ask for help, and that people are always willing to lend a hand. I found a great group of friends and peers, and they were always ready to help me with literally anything I ever needed. They truly became my family away from home, and I would not have made it through without them.