Bridge to Integrated Design & Media | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Bridge to Integrated Design & Media

A pathway for individuals without a STEM background to a graduate degree in integrated design & media and a career in an in-demand field.

IDM is a program combining artistic inquiry with scientific research and technological practice to explore the social, cultural and ethical potentials of emerging technologies. 



IDM integrates topics typically found in an arts context — creative expression and design within both fixed and interactive media — with engineering topics such as signal processing and human-computer interaction. IDM embraces the intersection of engineering and society, encouraging students to engage with technology in a creative, critical, sustainable, and ethical manner. IDM courses feature a strong emphasis on human-centered, outward-facing work that integrates values of self-expression, equity, and social justice into engineering. 

Pathway to a Master’s in Integrated Design & Media

The NYU Tandon Bridge Program is your pathway to pursuing an Integrated Design & Media Master's Degree at NYU Tandon and a career in this essential field.

The M.S. in Integrated Digital Media at NYU Tandon is a two-year, 30-credit program, offered on-campus, online, or blended. The Integrated Digital Media M.S. Program fosters creative practice, design research and multidisciplinary experimentation with emerging media technologies. Located within Tandon School of Engineering, in the Department of Technology, Culture, and Society (TCS), IDM is a 'STEAM' program combining artistic inquiry with scientific research and technological practice to explore the social, cultural and ethical potentials of emerging technologies.

As a research-active program, IDM faculty collaborate in research that integrates digital media and society. 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.

Faculty include leading artists, designers, developers and performers who passionately engage in professional work and research at the intersection of engineering and creative practice.

The NYU Tandon Bridge program starts every winter (January), spring (April), and summer (July). Bridge students who wish to apply for a masters degree must submit an M.S. application. For more information please see our Applying to a Master’s Degree from Bridge webpage.

The master's degree program is offered in the following ways (choose your preference):

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*Blended Learning: As a student, you also have the option to take courses both on-campus and online; however, you must apply as either an online or on-campus student. You should apply to whichever format you plan to take the majority of your classes in.

NYU Tandon Bridge Program Topics

  • Fundamentals of system hardware
  • Number Systems
  • Compilation and Execution process
  • Data types and Expressions
  • Branching Statements
  • Iterative Statements
  • Intro to algorithm analysis and Order of growth
  • Coding functions, Abstraction and Runtime stack
  • Arrays
  • Strings
  • Pointers and Dynamic allocation
  • Logic
  • Proofs
  • Sets
  • Mathematical Functions
  • Introduction to Counting
  • Discrete Probability
  • Induction
  • Recursion
  • Searching and Sorting
  • Object Oriented Programming Concepts
  • File Processing
  • Linked Lists
  • Stacks and Queues
  • Trees and Binary Search Trees
  • Intro to OS Concepts
  • Processes & Threads
  • Thread concurrency and deadlocks
  • Memory Management
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Overview of OSI/RM
  • Physical layout of networks
  • Application Layer, Network Layer & Transport Layer

Upcoming Deadlines



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Online &
Spring 2022

Summer 2021





Online &
Spring 2022

View our How to Apply page for upcoming application deadlines.

How to Apply to Bridge



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