Interactive Media Arts

Interactive Media Arts (IMA) encourages students to explore the expressive possibilities brought about by emerging forms of technology, media and communication. Our students are challenged to create interactive systems that connect people, facilitate participation, convey information, communicate stories, enhance experiences, and otherwise augment and improve society. This may involve the creation of digital media, the development of software, the production of electronic devices, the fabrication of material objects, the construction of physical and virtual spaces, or the fearless investigation of the recently possible. Our curriculum, community and active learning environment facilitate student acquisition of both conceptual insights and practical skills, and encourages our students to explore their personal interests in an attempt to find imaginative human-centered solutions to design challenges found in everyday life and the world around us.

IMA is the first undergraduate program organized in collaboration with the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), a top-ranked graduate program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in New York. In designing the IMA curriculum, we kept ITP’s focus on the intersection of emerging media and humanistic values, but designed IMA to work within the undergraduate Liberal Arts curriculum present at NYU Shanghai. All IMA majors and minors take two foundation courses, Interaction Lab and Communications Lab. Interaction Lab introduces students to the fields of Interaction Design, Physical Computing and Digital Fabrication, and provides students with foundational skills in computer programming and electronics prototyping. Communications Lab introduces students to digital media, and asks them to produce a series of interactive multimedia projects for the Web using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Students then choose from a range of elective categories across the disciplines of art, design, science, computation, media and business with great freedom to make their selections. Majors finish with a Capstone Studio course by synthesizing methods of research and practice to produce an interactive project and related essay.

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Degree Requirements – 2019-2020 Bulletin

* = offered in Fall ’20 in Shanghai

The requirements below are from the online version of the 2019-2020 bulletin. Note that the online version has some updates not in the printed version so you should consult the online version.
 
The below courses are not an exhaustive list and only include existing Shanghai courses. More Shanghai courses will be created in future semesters. To search for courses in the Global Network which fulfill this requirement, click here.
 
FOUNDATIONAL COURSES: 12 credits

This foundation is required. 

INTM-SHU 205

What is New Media*

4 credits, 

Prerequisites: Writing as Inquiry

Students may choose any two of the following courses:

INTM-SHU 101

Interaction Lab*

4 credits

INTM-SHU 103 Creative Coding Lab* 4 credits

INTM-SHU 120

Communications Lab*

4 credits

INTM-SHU 110

Application Lab*

4 credits

DISTRIBUTION ELECTIVES: 24 credits

Please note that starting from Fall 2019 semester, IMA/IMB elective courses will no longer have categories. Therefore, you will be expected to complete 24 credits without being accountable to the categories.

Example Courses:

INTM-SHU 238

Toy Design and Prototyping

4 credits, Prerequisites: Interaction Lab or Communications Lab​

INTM-SHU 132

Kinetic Light​*

4 credits, Prerequisites: Interaction Lab or Creative Coding Lab​​

INTM-SHU 150 Storytelling in Mixed Reality* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 151T Learning with Turtles* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 194T Global Media Cultures* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 195 After Us: Post-human Media* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 202 Media Architecture* 4 credits, Prerequisites: Communications Lab or  Interaction Lab 
INTM-SHU 215 Machine Learning for New Interfaces* 4 credits, Prerequisites: Interaction Lab, Communications Lab or Application Lab 
INTM-SHU 222 Introduction to Robotics* 4 credits, Co/pre-requisite of Interaction Lab, Creative Coding Lab, or Application Lab (or by waiver from the instructor)

INTM-SHU 226

Artificial Intelligence Arts* 

4 credits, Prerequisites: Interaction Lab, Communications Lab, or Creative Coding Lab​

INTM-SHU 227T ABC Browser Circus* 4 credits, Prerequisites: Communications Lab, Application Lab, or Creative Coding Lab​
INTM-SHU 228T Digital + Sculpture* 4 credits, Prerequisites: Interaction Lab
INTM-SHU 241 Creative Learning Design* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 243 Introduction to Animation* 4 credits

INTM-SHU 247T

Creative Game Design and Development​*

4 credits, Prerequisites: Interaction Lab, Communications Lab, or Creative Coding Lab​

INTM-SHU 271

Remade in China​*

4 credits

INTM-SHU 284

Digital Sculpting for Facial Animation​*

4 credits

INTM-SHU 289

Exploring & Creating Sonic Environments​*

4 credits, Prerequisites: Communications Lab or Interaction Lab​

INTM-SHU 296

The Planetary: Computation in the Anthropocene*

4 credits, Prerequisites: Interaction Lab, Communication Lab, Creative Coding Lab or What is New Media​

 

Again, they are not exhaustive lists and only include existing Shanghai courses. More Shanghai courses will be created in future semesters. To search for courses in the Global Network that fulfill the categories, click here. If you find a course that's not on the list and you would like it to be reviewed to count for an IMA requirement, please email the course number, full course name, and location where it is taught to shanghai.advising@nyu.edu.

CAPSTONE: 8 credits

INTM-SHU 400

Capstone Studio I*

4 credits,  

Senior Standing; Dept Consent Required

INTM-SHU 401

Capstone Studio II

4 credits,  

Senior Standing; Dept Consent Required

 

Faculty Mentor
Prof. Anna Greenspan​ Office: Room 938 | Email: ag158@nyu.edu| Profile
 
Prof. Christian Grewell Office: Room 950 | Email: christian@nyu.eduProfile
Minor in IMA: 15-16 credits
 
Foundations Courses: 8 credits
INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 110 Application Lab* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 205 What is New Media?* 4 credits, Prerequisite: Writing as Inquiry
IMA Electives: 7-8 credits
Any combinations of IMA Electives totaling 7-8 credits.