Digital and interactive technology is transforming how we work, how we communicate, how we express ourselves and how we experience the world around us. The technology is always evolving, and we make sure our curriculum evolves along with it.
IMM is a 13-course Bachelor of Arts degree that combines hands-on instruction using industry-standard tools with in-depth exploration of the cultural impact of digital and interactive technology. IMM emphasizes the process as well as the product, with students acquiring valuable collaboration and project management skills that will benefit them in a variety of possible careers.
Our curriculum combines three major areas of interest:
- Digital Media encompasses digital imaging; animation, motion graphics and digital video; digital audio and electronic music, web design and more.
- Interactive Computing explores user experience design, interaction design, interface design, and programming for everything from web sites to video games.
- Professional Writing includes proposal writing, technical writing, online journalism, interactive storytelling, and stories and scripts for movies, animations and video games.
In 2010, The Princeton Review and GamePromagazine named us one of the top 50 undergraduate game design programs in North America. We recognize the potential for games to connect all corners of our campus — artists and programmers, storytellers and designers, engineers and musicians, and more. The foundation for studying game design at TCNJ is a major in Interactive Multimedia, and students may optionally pursue a minor related to programming, art or storytelling for games.
Opened in 2010, TCNJ’s Art and Interactive Multimedia building features state-of-the-art facilities, including computer labs with a range of industry-standard software, a recording studio for hands-on experience with the latest audio production tools, and multipurpose studios for everything from video to building custom electronic hardware. The AIMM building hosts exhibitions, screenings, performances, guest workshops, student organizations, community groups and more.
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Be a creative force for community change, while learning to design, develop, and deliver original projects for local clients. Working in teams, students use emerging technologies to address real needs: interactive art installations in downtown Trenton, multimedia platforms for a local farmer’s market. It’s a career-building experience. And it’s an eye-opening lesson that the desire to continually learn, evolve, and adapt to new innovations—from devices to design trends—is your most valuable asset in this rapidly changing field.
Dreamworks, NFL Films, Amazon, Ashoka, Canon, American Museum of Natural History, MTV Networks: IMM students have landed some amazing internships. Faculty members work hard to prepare students for rewarding positions, from small studios to large companies. We do mock interviews, review résumés, and monitor job listings. We write a recommendation or make a phone call. Students with the skill and motivation find all the support they need to get that first gig in their field.
Success! Our graduates turn exceptional skills into exceptional careers. They are software engineers, app developers, and game designers. They are illustrators, photographers, and videographers. They have launched their own startups and their own studios. And they enjoy great careers with an array of companies: Nickelodeon, the Philadelphia Eagles, MakerBot, Target, Johnson & Johnson, Blue Sky Studios, HUGE, Arkadium, and more. Graduate schools snap up our students, too: New York University, School of Visual Arts, and Savannah College of Art and Design, to name a few.