The application cycle for Summer 2023 is now closed! Please check back for updates on the Summer 2024 cycle. The application will be available starting in September and will be due on December 15, 2023.

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IMA Low Res Open house


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Starting Fall 2022, IMA Low Res will again be able to resume individual appointments on the floor for admissions related questions. In accordance with NYU’s Covid-19 policy, visitors need to be registered in advance through the NYU system and will be required to upload proof of Covid-19 vaccination and booster. Those with valid religious or medical exemptions must also be approved in advance. This process can take up to a week to process. If you have any questions or wish to schedule an individual appointment, please email


The following materials are required to complete an application to the Low Res.

  1. Personal Statement (prompt available within the application)
  2. Video Response (prompt available within the application)
  3. Resume / CV
  4. Two letters of recommendations
  5. Official transcripts showing at least a bachelor’s degree
  6. English language test scores for non-native English language speakers
  7. Creative Portfolio (optional, but highly encouraged)
  8. Financial Aid form (if you are looking to apply for departmental scholarship aid (see more in the FAQ), please fill out this form (available after you submit your application). We will also send a reminder to all accepted candidates to fill out this form later in the process)



This program, like the ITP and IMA cultures from which it derives, is a creative, multidisciplinary environment in which diversity is valued and collaboration is encouraged. A background in art, design or computer programming is not required for acceptance into the program. We are looking for applicants from a diverse range of undergraduate educational and professional backgrounds who want a first-hand understanding of the production and implications of interactive media systems, from the devices and networks on which they run to the range of expressive possibilities which they afford. Demonstrating an interest in real-world challenges along with a desire to investigate current aesthetic, social, political and ethical issues is encouraged.

Acceptance into the program is competitive; enrollment is limited to applicants who show exceptional promise and are interested in collaboration and experimentation. Students must be able to commit to the full program of one summer session in New York (5 weeks), one January session in Berlin (2 weeks), one summer session in Shanghai (5 weeks), and two online semesters in the Fall and Spring. During the in-person sessions, the expectation is that your work-day time will be fully dedicated to the program. During the online sessions, there will be more flexibility with your time and schedule.

All applicants must apply online. Please note, for those also considering applying to NYU Tisch’s ITP, you will not be permitted to apply to both the Low Res and ITP in the same application year.

For additional information regarding admissions and the application process, please see the ADMISSIONS section on the FAQ page. You can also contact us directly at or sign up HERE for updates.



Interview with Program Director, Craig Protzel, April 8, 2022

“First Class of IMA Master’s Students Graduate With New Skills, New Directions”, July 13, 2021

“Tisch and Shanghai Collaborate on Interactive Media Master’s Program”, September 9, 2019