Where Technology and Art Converge
The Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD) program at WPI is built around the idea that if you put artists and technical people together in an atmosphere where they can share ideas, novel ways of looking at traditional media will happen, and new media will be created.
Education Across Disciplines
We want our artists to know enough programming to be able to appreciate problems programmers face, and we want our programmers to be versed in the language of art in order to work effectively with their colleagues. To that end, our undergraduate program emphasizes balance. While each student chooses whether to focus on either the artistic or technical side of the field, all are expected to gain a broad understanding of both areas, developing a base of knowledge in computer science, mathematics, science, art, music, and English.
Hands-on learning is a core component of the WPI curriculum, and it’s especially important to IMGD. Our students don't just study how to make things; they make things. Whether those “things” are games, interactive fiction, virtual environments, art installations, collaborative performances, or forms of new media that haven't been invented yet, we expect our students to be at the forefront of exploring worlds that we currently can only imagine.
Browse the student work below to get a sense of where art and technology can take you.
IMGD Featured Gallery
- Chronopigger brings together physics simulation and time manipulation with a cartoony, vector art style, and features an Amish farmer in search of his favorite pig.
- At Higgins Armory Museum, try Virtual Joust and score points based on your skill wielding a shortened medieval-style lance (with a Nintendo Wii remote embedded inside) and your simulated rein control (with a second Wii) of the jouster’s horse.
- Not Dead Enough’s 3D third-person hack-and-slash action involves combat and exploration. Navigate your way through a maze-like city to locate the hospital at the opposite side—and either kill or turn your enemies into zombies who fight for you.
- In Petrified, a fast-paced, graveyard-based, multi-player game, Mortals attempt to survive until dawn while an array of statues possessed by evil Watchers stalk and attack them to try to steal their souls and swell their own ranks.
- You can interact with WPImap Campus Tour, a 3D campus model, to view all of its buildings and landmarks in photorealistic detail—explore campus in real time on your own or embark upon a full tour with the assistance of a virtual tour guide.