Minor Requirements

The Interactive Media & Game Development Minor is for students who, for personal or career purposes, wish to earn official recognition of their achievements in IMGD, but do not have academic time to fulfill the requirements for the major. A total of six IMGD courses are required for the Minor degree requirement. This consists of:

2 core IMGD courses from this list:

• IMGD 1000. Critical Studies of Interactive Media and Games
• IMGD 1001. The Game Development Process
• IMGD 1002. Storytelling in Interactive Media and Games and

3 additional IMGD courses.

If necessary for the academic goals of a student’s minor program, and with prior approval of the IMGD Minor Coordinator, may include one course in art history, visual art, creative writing/rhetoric, theatre, or music.

1 3000 or higher level IMGD course as a final capstone.

General WPI rules that apply to the Minor are that at most three courses can be double-counted for any other degree requirement, and the capstone course cannot be a double-counted course.

Students interested in pursuing the Minor in IMGD must consult the IMGD Minor Advisor, Prof. David Finkel, dfinkel@wpi.edu about the rules of pursuing the Minor, as well as finding a capstone course and any related background courses. 

Sample Programs of Study:

The following programs of study are meant to be samples only, illustrative of possible courses that can be used in combination to satisfy the minor.  Other combinations are certainly possible, as long as they satisfy the rules above.

Visual Art

IMGD 1001. The Game Development Process
IMGD 1002. Storytelling in Interactive Media and Games
IMGD 2101/AR2101. 3D Modeling I
IMGD 2700/AR 2700. Digital Painting
IMGD 3101/AR 3101. 3D Modeling II
IMGD 3700. Concept Art and Creative Illustration

Creative Writing/Game Design

IMGD 1000. Critical Studies of Interactive Media and Games
IMGD 1002. Storytelling in Interactive Media and Games
IMGD 2500. Design of Tabletop Strategy Games
IMGD 2900. Digital Game Design I
IMGD 302X. Digital Game Design II
IMGD 4700. Advanced Storytelling: Quest Logic and Level Design

Animation

IMGD 1001. The Game Development Process
IMGD 1002. Storytelling in Interactive Media and Games
IMGD 2005. Machinima (Film Making in Virtual Environments)
IMGD 2101/AR2101. 3D Modeling I
IMGD 2201/AR2201. The Art of Animation I
IMGD 3201/AR3201. The Art of Animation II

Audio Arts

IMGD 1000. Critical Studies of Interactive Media and Games
IMGD 1001. The Game Development Process
IMGD 2030. Game Audio I
IMGD 300X/AR 300X. Inter-media Electronic Arts
IMGD 3500. Artistic Game Development I
IMGD 302X. Game Audio II

Technical Development

IMGD 1000. Critical Studies of Interactive Media and Games
IMGD 1001. The Game Development Process
IMGD 3000. Technical Game Development I
IMGD 300X/AR300X. Inter-media Electronic Arts
IMGD 3100. Novel Interfaces for Interactive Environments
IMGD 4100. Artifical Intelligence for Interactive Media and Games

Games Studies

IMGD 1000. Critical Studies of Interactive Media and Games
IMGD 1001. The Game Development Process
IMGD 2000. Social Issues in Interactive Media and Games
IMGD 2001. Philosophy and Ethics of Computer Games
IMGD 4200. History and Future of Immersive and Interactive Media
IMGD 4600. Serious Games

 
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