Interactive Media & Game Development

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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.



Degree is also offered online.
Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
Computational Media phd
Interactive Media & Game Design (MFA) master
Interactive Media & Game Development bachelor minor master
Interactive Media & Game Development (BA) bachelor
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Major Qualifying Project (MQP) Senior Showcase

Undergraduate Research Projects Showcase (URPS)

A celebration of research, design, and creative theses—a requirement of every graduating senior through the Major Qualifying Project—takes place each spring on campus. Student teams representing all academic departments present their work to their faculty advisors, external sponsors, and the community-at-large, and the public is invited.

Meet Our Students

Darren Cole
Darren Cole
PhD, Computational Media

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

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Karen Royer
Karen Royer
MS, Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD)

Karen came to WPI to get her master’s degree nearly 30 years after earning her first degree[...]

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Abdah St. Fleur
Abdah St. Fleur
Dual MS, 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 '24
Evans Owusu '24
BS, Computer Science and Interactive Media & Game Development

Evans' love of computer science has led them to discover many opportunities to contribute to campus life. [...]

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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.


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!