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2022-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda)

Integrated Design and Media, M.S.

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Degree Requirements for the Master of Science (online and on campus)

Students must complete 30 credits in a minimum of three semesters, but no more than ten to obtain a Master of Science in Integrated Design and Media (formerly known as Integrated Digital Media). Students typically take a four course load (3 credits per course) in the fall and spring of their first year. Students must enroll in M.S. Pre-Thesis and M.S. Thesis in their final two consecutive semesters (not simultaneously). Below is the distribution of credit requirements.

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

Elective Courses (4 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 IDM  Internship instructor one semester in advance to prepare for the course.

Students can take graduate courses offered by other departments at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, including Computer Science & Engineering and Technology Management & Innovation and others. After the first semester of study, students can also take up to 3 elective graduate courses offered through other NYU programs such as NYU Steinhardt’s Music TechnologyDigital Media Design for Learning, and Art & Arts Professions, and the graduate programs at NYU Tisch, such as coursework through the Game Center.

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 colloquium 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.

Typical Course of Study for the Master of Science in Integrated Design and Media

Integrated Design and Media (IDM) admits starting their degree in the Fall semester will start in-person/on campus.

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