Projects are at the heart of the university’s curriculum and as an IMGD major, you’ll complete a variety of projects in your courses, from designing short computer animations to creating new board games. Past team projects have addressed societal problems, such as helping the visually impaired by using audio cues or engaging elementary students in learning how to spell through an iPad game. Through a culminating project you’ll apply your skills to solve a problem likely to be encountered at the professional level, work that generally results in substantive portfolio materials.
WPI’s pioneering and top-ranked Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD) will both stretch and focus your talents as you explore the technical and artistic aspects of game development.
In our close-knit program, faculty and students alike share a passion for finding new ways of looking at traditional media in order to create new media. Beginning on your first days on campus, you’ll be pushing boundaries and making things that matter to you, whether that’s games, interactive fiction, art installations, collaborative performances, or virtual environments.
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Our program provides an outstanding interdisciplinary education in the principles of interactive applications and computer-based game development. While each student chooses to focus on either the artistic or technical side of the field, all gain a broad understanding of both, developing a base of knowledge in computer science, mathematics, science, art, music, and English.
Through rigorous courses and projects, you can explore a wide variety of topics in game development and interactive media, from game studies to digital painting, storytelling, audio arts, and social impact of games.
Interactive Media & Game Development students admitted to the BS/MS program are able to count certain courses toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees, completing the program in approximately five years.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.