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 – 2017-18 Bulletin

* = offered in Fall ’18 in Shanghai

The requirements below are from the online version of the 2017-2018 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.
 
When studying away, students are only allowed to take 12 Interactive Media credits outside of Shanghai to apply towards the major. If you have any questions or would like to petition to take additional credits beyond 12 Interactive Media credits outside of Shanghai, contact Director of IMA Matthew Belanger at matthew.belanger@nyu.edu.
 
FOUNDATIONAL COURSES: 8 credits
INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab* 4 credits
DISTRIBUTION ELECTIVES: 24 credits
Seminar (3-4 credits)
Students are required to complete at least one seminar course. This requirement can be satisfied with a 3 or 4 point course, or two 2 point courses (as there is variation across the Global Network).
Example Courses:
INTM-SHU 295-001 Topics Seminar: Digital Media and Culture* 4 credits
GCHN-SHU 210 Topics in Digital Humanities: The Cultivated City* 4 credits
GCHN-SHU 230 Culture and Media in Urban China* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 285-001 Examining Transmedia Stories* 4 credits
MCC-SHU 9451 Global Media Seminar: China* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 252 The Minimum Viable Product 2 credits
INTM-SHU 251 Making Maker Education 2 credits or 4 credits
INTM-SHU 250 Special Topics in Digital Humanities: Street Food & Urban Farming 4 credits
INTM-SHU 249 Street Life and Street Food in the 21st Century City 4 credits
INTM-SHU 225 Media and Participation 4 credits
INTM-SHU 193 Intro to Digital Media: Chinese Cyberculture 4 credits
INTM-SHU 184 Communities and Net Literature 4 credits
CCST-SHU 132 Creativity Considered 4 credits
CRWR-SHU 200A Seminar Topics: Speculative Fictions 4 credits
PHIL-SHU 130 Philosophy of Technology: Thinking Machines 4 credits, Pre-req: Sophomore standing
Other Elective Requirements
Students must take at least one elective course in each of the below categories. Each elective course can be 2, 3, or 4 credits, but only a 3- or 4-credit class can satisfy one required category by itself. A 2-credit course cannot satisfy one distribution requirement category by itself and must be combined with another 2-credit course under the same category to satisfy the requirement. (However, remember that you must still complete a total of 36 credits overall for the major.)
 
A course that satisfies both the Seminar requirement and another Elective category can count for both. For example, a student can take "Minimum Viable Product" (2 credits) and have it count for half of the Seminar requirement and for half of the Business of Interactive Media category. The student would need to take another 2-credit course that satisfies the other half of the Seminar requirement, and another 2-credit course that satisfies the other half of the Business of Interactive Media requirement. The student would also need to make sure to take enough units overall in the major to fulfill the requirement of 36 IMA credits total.
 
Below is a list of courses that satisfy the various categories. 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.
 
Art & Design - Example Courses:
INTM-SHU 214 User Experience Design - 2nd 7 weeks* 2 credits
INTM-SHU 235 Re-Made in China - 2nd 7 weeks* 2 credits, Pre-req or Co-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 239 Digital Fabrication - 1st 7 weeks* 2 credits, Pre-req or Co-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
BUSF-SHU 211 Design Thinking* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 236 Topics in Art and Design: Games as Art 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 120 Communication Lab
INTM-SHU 238 Toy Design and Prototyping 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab
INTM-SHU 127 Paper Art: History & Practice 4 credits
INTM-SHU 233 Collaborative Design 4 credits
INTM-SHU 234 Rapid Prototyping 4 credits
INTM-SHU 235 Topics in Art & Design: Digital Fabrication 2 credits
INTM-SHU 236 Topics in Art & Design: Interactive Installation 2 credits
Computation & Data - Example Courses:
INTM-SHU 288 Kinetic Interfaces* 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 229 Topics in Computation & Data: Intro to Generative Arts 2 credits, Pre-req or Co-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 230 Topics in Computation & Data: Reactive User Interfaces 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 230 Topics in Computation & Data: Generative Language 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 230 Topics in Computation & Data: Nature of Code 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 231 Developing Web 4 credits
INTM-SHU 10J Neighborhood, Map, Phone 4 credits
INTM-SHU 192 Interconnected 2 credits
INTM-SHU 230 Topics in Computation & Data: The Code of Music 4 credits
INTM-SHU 270 Generating and Expressing Data 4 credits
Electronic & Physical Computing (Formerly Experimental Interfaces & Physical Computing) - Example Courses:
INTM-SHU 260-001 Working with Electrons* 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 165 Talking Fabrics 4 credits
INTM-SHU 245 Topics in Phys Comp & Exp Interfaces: Electromagnetic Creativity 2 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab
INTM-SHU 245A Topics in Phys Comp & Exp Interfaces: Inflatables 2 credits
INTM-SHU 248 Intro to Assistive Technology 2 credits
INTM-SHU 222 Introduction to Robotics 2 credits, Pre-req or Co-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab
INTM-SHU 245 Topics in Experimental Interfaces & Physical Computing: NIME 2 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab
INTM-SHU 245 Topics in Experimental Interfaces & Physical Computing: Animatronics 2 credits, Pre-req or Co-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab
INTM-SHU 245 Topics in Experimental Interfaces & Physical Computing: Intro to Assistive Technology 2 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab
INTM-SHU 245 Topics in Experimental Interfaces & Physical Computing: Musical Expression 2 credits
INTM-SHU 246 Topics in Experimental Interfaces & Physical Computing: Digital Farm 2 credits or 4 credits
INTM-SHU 246A Topics in Experimental Interfaces & Physical Computing: Network Everything 4 credits
INTM-SHU 191 Being There 2 credits
INTM-SHU 240 Solar Solutions: Considering The Sun in our Digital Future 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab
INTM-SHU 246 Topics in Experimental Interfaces & Physical Computing: Kinetic Interfaces 2 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab

 

Remaining distribution elective requirements may be satisfied either by taking additional courses from the required categories above, or by taking courses from any of the following optional categories. 
Business of Emerging Media - Example Courses:
INTM-SHU 110 Application Lab* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 255-001 Topics in Business of Emerging Media: Programmable Trust: Blockchains - 2nd 7 weeks* 2 credits, Pre-req or Co-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 252 The Minimum Viable Product 2 credits
INTM-SHU 255 Topics in Business of Emerging Media: Shenzhen Style 2 credits
INTM-SHU 255(T) Topics in Business of Interactive Media: The Consumer Class 2 credits
Digital Humanities & Social Sciences - Example Courses:
INTM-SHU 265-001 Top in Digital Human: Acoustic Ethnography of the Yangtze River Delta* 4 credits
CRWR-SHU 245 Intermediate Fiction Workshop: Speculative Fictions* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 249 Street Life & Street Food in the 21st Century City 4 credits
New Media & Entertainment - Example Courses:
INTM-SHU 221 Creating Immersive Worlds - 1st 7 weeks* 2 credits, Pre-req or Co-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 280 Interactive Motion Design* 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 284 Digital Sculpting for Facial Animation* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 209 This is the Remix 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 287 NIME (New Interfaces in Musical Expression) 2 credits
INTM-SHU 280C VR / AR Fundamentals: A Practical Guide to Big Ideas 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab and INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 281 Topics in New Media and Ent: Electronic Hyperbolic Orchestra 2 credits
INTM-SHU 289 Exploring & Creating Sonic Environments 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 291 Solar Contraptions 2 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab
INTM-SHU 282 Fairy Tales for the 21st Century 2 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 280B Topics in New Media & Entertainment: Intermedia 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 280B Topics in New Media & Entertainment: Interactive Documentary 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 280 Topics in New Media & Entertainment: Digital Sculpting for Facial Animation 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 210 Animation: Traditional Techniques & Contemporary Practices 4 credits, Pre-req or Co-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 280A Topics in New Media & Entertainment: Augmented Reality Storytelling 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab or INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 280B Topics in New Media & Entertainment: Exploring & Creating Sonic Environments 4 credits, Pre-req: INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 281(T) Topics in New Media & Entertainment: Staging Fright 2 credits
INTM-SHU 190 Collective Methods 4 credits, online IMA course that IMA students studying in global sites outside Shanghai, NY, or AD can enroll in
INTM-SHU 213 Unmanned Aerial Storytelling 2 credits
INTM-SHU 280 Topics in New Media & Entertainment: Video Games 4 credits
INTM-SHU 280 Topics in New Media & Entertainment: Exploring Location Through Emerging Media 4 credits, online IMA course that IMA students studying in global sites outside Shanghai, NY, or AD can enroll in
Other Course: 
INTM-SHU 997 IMA Independent Study 1-4 credits, Permission of the Department; See Albert for Details
CAPSTONE: 4 credits
INTM-SHU 400 Senior Thesis Project* 4 credits

 

Faculty Mentor
Prof. Matthew Belanger Office: Room 948 | Email: matthew.belanger@nyu.edu | Profile
Minor in IMA: 15-16 credits
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are only allowed to apply ONE course from outside of NYU Shanghai to the minor.
Foundations Courses: 8 credits
INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab* 4 credits
IMA Electives: 7-8 credits
Any combination of IMA Electives totaling 7-8 credits from any of the categories.