Interactive media and gaming provides a wildly popular source of entertainment.

WPI is home to one of the earliest and top-ranked academic programs in this field. Our Interactive Media & Game Development (IMGD) majors receive a base education in both the artistic and technical aspects of interactive media, underscoring the importance of blending art with technology, and the close working relationships required between artists and programmers.

Our goal at WPI is to create leading-edge technical artists and creative programmers. To that end, students jump right in and spend their time focusing on hands-on projects and collaborations—creating games, interactive fiction, virtual environments, art installations, and collaborative performances, or inventing entirely new forms of media.

Average Starting Salary

  • Bachelor’s: $71,644
  • Master’s: N/A
  • PhD: N/A

Average National Starting Salary for Multimedia Artists and Animators(according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015) : $36,930

Average National Starting Salary for Software Developers(according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015) : $64,600

Average National Starting Bachelor’s Degree Salary (Salary reported by the NACE Salary Survey) : $75,980 (Computer Science)

Download the WPI Post-Graduation Reports for more information on salaries.

Companies that have Hired WPI Interactive Media and Game Developers

  • Amazon Robotics
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Bose Corporation
  • Novetta

Download the WPI Post-Graduation Reports for more companies that have hired WPI graduates.

Sample Job Titles

  • 3D Digital Artist
  • Animator
  • Front End Web Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Software Developer

Visit O*Net Online for more information on job titles.

A Sample of Professional Associations and Clubs

Sample MQP titles

  • Ember's InkLinko
  • Grail to the Thief: Interactive Audio Adventure
  • Hyper Groove

Visit WPI’s Electronic Projects Collection for more MQP titles.

A Sample of Popular Industries for IMGD Majors

  • Advertising
  • Computer Systems Design
  • Motion Picture Production
  • Software Development
  • Video Game Design

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