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IMA Program Structure

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

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

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

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

New students, learn more about Registration here.

Breakdown of Requirements:

  • Liberal Arts & Sciences: 48 credits (16 core / 32 Liberal Arts)
  • Elective & Other: 20 credits
  • Major: 60 credits

128 credits total

16 credits Liberal Arts & Sciences Core

  • Writing the Essay: Art & the World (EXPO-UA 5: 4 credits)
  • Writing the Essay: The World Through Art (ASPP-UT 2: 4 credits)
  • Texts & Ideas (CORE-UA 400: 4 credits)
  • Cultures & Contexts (CORE-UA 500: 4 credits)

32 credits Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives

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

20 credits Unrestricted Electives:

Unrestricted electives, could be used towards a double major or minor credits

60 credits Major Requirements

Elective Distribution — Students must take a minimum of two courses (or at least 8 credits) in each category:

  • Programming & Data
  • Physical Computing &Experimental Interfaces
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Art & Design
  • Studies

IMA Cohort: Community is a Practice

All incoming IMA students will be required to participate and register in the IMA Cohort class.

The IMA Cohort provides incoming IMA students with an opportunity to consider the IMA program, and their role within it. This zero-credit course is based around in-class activities, discussions, viewings, texts, and lectures that begin from the students’ varying perspectives and ultimately provide a grounding within the tenets of the IMA program. 

IMA is an interdisciplinary program that draws students from across the United States and around the world. This course functions as an opportunity for students to consider the knowledge that they already have, the contexts in which that knowledge is situated, and how students can relate to and work with classmates who come from their own diverse contexts and backgrounds. 

Students will be guided through discussions, viewings, and visits from other members of the university. Because this is a zero-credit course and there are no assignments outside of class, student participation and engagement in these activities is especially important. 

Programming & Data

Collective Play (IMNY-UT 225)

Creative Approaches to Emerging Media (IMNY-UT 205)

Introduction to Machine Learning for the Arts (IMNY-UT 224)

Reading and Writing Electronic Text (IMNY-UT 221)

The Code of Music (IMNY-UT 222)

Networked Media (IMNY-UT 223)

Topics in Programming and Data: New Realities (IMNY-UT 220)

Topics in Programming and Data: Front End Web (IMNY-UT 220)

Physical Computing & Experimental Interfaces

Designing Interfaces for Live Performance (IMNY-UT 243)

Introduction to Assistive Technology (IMNY-UT 241)

Introduction to Fabrication (IMNY-UT 242)

Introduction to 3D Printing (IMNY-UT 244)

Topics in Fabrication: Digital Fabrication (IMNY-UT 251)

Topics in Physical Computing and Experimental Interfaces: Physical Computing (IMNY-UT 245)

Media & Entertainment

Fairy Tales for the 21st Century (IMNY-UT 283)

Immersive Experience (IMNY-UT 282)

Performative Avatars (IMNY-UT 284)

Real-Time Media (IMNY-UT 285)

Studies

Creative Approaches to Emerging Media (IMNY-UT 205)

Big Ideas in the History and Future of Technology (IMNY-UT 203)

Internet Famous (IMNY-UT 201)

Art & Design

Design Fundamentals (IMNY-UT 261)

Topics in Design: Information Design (IMNY-UT 271)

User Experience (IMNY-UT 262)

Electives:

This is a sample listing of electives. Exact offerings will be available on a semester basis.

Year One

Fall Semester Courses

Spring Semester Courses

  • Creative Computing
  • CORE Writing the Essay: Art and the World
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
  • Communications Lab
  • IMA Cohort: Community is a Practice
4
4
4
4
0
  • IMA Elective: Studies
  • Core Writing the Essay: The World Through Art
  • CORE Cultures & Contexts
  • IMA Elective: Art & Design
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16 Credit Total: 16

Year Two

Fall Semester Courses

Spring Semester Courses

  • IMA Elective: Media & Entertainment
  • IMA Elective: Programming & Data
  • CORE Texts and Ideas
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
4
4
4
4
  • IMA Elective: Physical Computing & Experimental Interfaces
  • IMA Elective: Media & Entertainment
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16 Credit Total: 16

Year Three

Fall Semester Courses (Study Abroad)

Spring Semester Courses

  • IMA Elective: Art & Design
  • IMA Elective
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
  • General Elective
4
4
4
4
  • IMA Elective: Physical Computing & Experimental Interfaces
  • IMA Elective: Programming & Data
  • Liberal Arts Requirement
  • General Elective
4
4
4
4
Credit Total: 16 Credit Total: 16

Year Four

Fall Semester Courses

Spring Semester Courses

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