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.

BS/MS Option

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.

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

At WPI, we know that students learn best when they apply their knowledge by making, building, designing, creating, and otherwise putting their hands and minds to work. Projects are a core component of coursework, and they are usually done in teams, often at one of our many off-campus project center locations. 

Our Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

As an Interactive Media & Game Development 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.

Students at a Project Center working on a mountain top

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

Outside of the classroom you can connect with other gamers in the Game Development Club and discuss social issues in gaming through the Diversity in Gaming Club. Our students also take part in local and national gaming events such as MassDiGi, Boston Post Mortem, and PAX East.

Students organizing project tasks with sticky notes on a whiteboard

After Graduation