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Passionate gamers who are also artists, programmers, storytellers, musicians, and explorers find their way to WPI’s Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD) Program. Trailblazers as individuals and as a community, WPI’s IMGD faculty and students push the boundaries of new worlds of emerging media, from mobile gaming to intelligent tutoring.

WPI’s IMGD program, one of the earliest gaming programs in the nation, blends the artistic and technical aspects of game development and interactive media. Our research and courses span such diverse topics as digital painting, 3-D modeling, writing for games, game audio, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Working alongside renowned faculty researchers and industry advisors, students immerse themselves in creating games and interactive environments that shape advances in the gaming industry as well as areas like education, healthcare, art, and social sciences.

 

Degrees & Certificates

Degree is also offered online.
Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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Meet Our Students

Darren Cole

Darren Cole

PhD in Computational Media

Artist Darren loves to dream big and appreciates WPI’s dedication to helping students achieve their goals.

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Abdah St. Fleur

Dual MS in Production Management (IMGD) and MSIUX

Supportive faculty and a focus on project-based learning helped Abdah bring her gaming dreams to life through her graduate thesis.

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Evans Owusu

Freshman, BS in Computer Science and Interactive Media & Game Development

Evans’s WPI journey is just beginning, but the opportunities they've already experienced on campus have allowed them to push themselves and focus on personal growth.

Announcements

June 14, 2022
School of Arts & Sciences
February 09, 2022
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
February 04, 2022
School of Arts & Sciences

IMGD at WPI

Media Coverage

Video game news site TechRaptor says it sees a “bright future” for the gaming industry after speaking with two Interactive Media and Game Development students and IMGD Director Associate Professor Gillian Smith.  

WBUR's Radio Boston spoke with Professor Jennifer deWinter about a ban on arcade games in Marshfield that lasted from 1982 to 2014 for its “Hidden History” series. Professor deWinter talked about the history of video and arcade games, the concerns that drove the ban, and how similar sentiments are being manifested today.

GDC Ceremony

IMGD Opportunities

WPI graduate and undergraduate students alike have the chance to share their impressive games at prestigious events, including the Game Developers Conference and PAX East, where students are responsible for planning, designing, and running WPI’s booth at the exhibitor hall. Conferences and opportunities like these are the perfect way for students to take their first steps into the industry and network with professionals.

Diversity in Gaming Club

Join the IMGD Community

At WPI, you’re part of a diverse and supportive community that helps each other learn and grow. So don’t stay cooped up in your dorm room making games on your own—get involved with all the IMGD-related clubs on campus, start your own game studio with your fellow friendly neighborhood IMGD students, and immerse yourself in everything that IMGD has to offer!