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New IMA Program Structure

This program structure applies to most students joining IMA in Fall 2022 and beyond.

With over one-third of the curriculum requirements devoted to writing, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, we are making sure that all IMA BFA students explore the intellectual world around them.

IMA students are required to take liberal arts courses offered at NYU’s College of Arts & Sciences. The IMA curriculum has a core set of foundation courses and then students can choose from a wide range of elective classes. Students can also expand beyond liberal arts to take courses in fine arts, business, social work, engineering, or other programs at NYU’s various colleges and schools.

IMA foundational courses introduce students to the fundamentals of computational media through the lenses of design, technology, and culture. Students will have fundamental skills and the capacity and flexibility to discover and pursue their own interests through electives ranging from collaborative game production to critical analysis, from adaptive design to specialized elements of visual and audio design.

The IMA BFA concludes with Capstone in the last semester, which can be a group collaboration or an individual project.

Authoritative curriculum information can be found exclusively in the University Bulletin. All other content, including this web-page is for informational purposes only. You can find the IMA curriculum on this page in the Bulletin. Incoming students can learn more about registering here.

Breakdown of Requirements

  • Liberal Arts & Sciences: 48 credits (16 Core / 32 Liberal Arts)
  • General/Free Electives: 20 credits
  • IMA Major: 60 credits

128 Credits Total

16 credits Liberal Arts & Sciences Core

32 credits Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives

Students may select from departmentally pre-approved listings of liberal arts courses. 32 credits total – 8 courses, including 1 course in each area listed below:

Many CAS courses can count towards Liberal Arts Electives. See the Liberal Arts & Sciences category in the Interchange. If a course is not listed in the Interchange, email ima-advise@itp.nyu.edu.

20 credits Unrestricted GENERAL Electives

General or free electives from any program department. These courses may also be used towards a double major or minor credits.

60 credits IMA Major Requirements

IMA Elective Courses — These are general IMA major courses or courses outside of the program that we have identified as counting towards IMA credits. Students must take 6 courses that fulfill this category (24 credits total). This is a listing of IMA electives. Exact offerings will be available on a semester basis.

IMA Major Distribution — These are primary electives. Students must take a minimum of 4 credits in each category from the courses below (24 credits total). One course will fulfill most categories. If a course does not amount to 4 credits, students will need to take an extra course to complete the 4 credit requirements.

Design & Fabrication

Media Arts

Physical Computing

Programming & Data

Project Development & Research

Creative Approaches to Emerging Media

Critical Experiences

Open Call

Storytelling for Project Development

Tech & Society

Big Ideas in the History and Future of Technology (2)

Useless Machines

Communications and Technology

Politics of Code

Design Skills for Responsible

Sample Schedule

Only classes marked with (*) must be taken during the assigned semester. Other class requirements may be taken at any semester according to class availability and student preference.

 

Year One

Fall Semester                                                    

                  

  • Creative Computing*            
  • Communications Lab*
  • IMA Cohort: Community is a Practice*
  • Writing the Essay: Art and the World*
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
4
4
0
4
4
Credit Total: 16

Spring Semester                               

  • Writing the Essay: The World Through Art*
  • Tech & Society
  • Media Arts
  • Societies & the Social Sciences
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16

Year Two

Fall Semester

        

  • Programming & Data
  • Project Development & Research
  • Texts and Ideas
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16

Spring Semester                      

  • Design & Fabrication
  • Physical Computing
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16

Year Three

Fall Semester (Study Abroad)                

              

  • IMA Elective
  • IMA Elective
  • Cultures & Contexts
  • General Elective
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16

Spring Semester                            

  • IMA Elective
  • IMA Elective
  • Physical/Life Science
  • General Elective
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16

Year Four

Fall Semester                                                   

   

  • IMA Elective
  • Expressive Culture
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16

Spring Semester                                        

  • Capstone Studio*
  • IMA Elective
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
  • General Elective
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16
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