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 ’19 in Shanghai

The requirements below are from the online version of the 2018-2019 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 Prof. Anna Greenspan at ag158@nyu.edu or Prof. Christian Grewell at christian@nyu.edu.
 
FOUNDATIONAL COURSES: 8 credits
INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 120 Communications Lab*

4 credits

INTM-SHU 110 Application Lab* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 205 What is New Media* 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:
MCC-SHU 9451 Global Media Seminar: China* 4 credits
BUSF-SHU 211 Design Thinking* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 210 The Cultivated City* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 268 Acoustic Ethnography of the Yangtze River Delta* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 200-001 Topics: Construction of Authenticity in Contemporary Art Practice* 4 credits, Prerequisites: Interactive Lab, Communication Lab, Application Lab or permission of instructor
INTM-SHU 200-002 Topics: Media Architecture* 4 credits 
INTM-SHU 200-003 Topics: Exploring Movement Practices with Physical Computing* 4 credits, Prerequisites: Application Lab, Interaction Lab, Communications Lab, or programming experience
INTM-SHU 265 Topics in Digital Humanities: Digital Conservation for Buddhist Deities* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 223 Programming Design Systems* 4 credits, Prerequisites: Interaction Lab OR Communications Lab OR Intro to CS 
INTM-SHU 235 Re-Made in China* 2 credits, Prerequisite: Application Lab, Interaction Lab or Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 266 Digital Heritage* 4 credits
INTM-SHU 222 Introduction to Robotics* 4 credits, Prerequisites or Co-requisites: Interaction Lab or Communication Lab 
INTM-SHU 280D-001 Topics in New Media & Entertainment: Realtime Audiovisual Performance Systems* 4 credits, Prerequisite: Application Lab, Interaction Lab or Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 215 Machine Learning for New Interfaces* 4 credits, Prerequisite: Application Lab, Interaction Lab or Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 226 Artificial Intelligence Arts* 4 credits, Prerequisite: Interaction Lab or Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 232 Critical Data and Visualization* 4 credits, Prerequisite: Application Lab, Interaction Lab or Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 253 Creating Assistive Technology 4 credits, Prerequisite: Interaction Lab or Communications Lab
INTM-SHU 280C VR / AR Fundamentals * 4 credits

 

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: 4 credits
INTM-SHU 400 Capstone Studio* 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
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 combinations of IMA Electives totaling 7-8 credits.