IMM learning experiences combine hands-on instruction on industry-standard tools with in-depth exploration of the cultural impact of digital technology. IMM emphasizes the process as well as the product. Along the way, students acquire valuable collaboration and project management skills that benefit them in a variety of career paths.
Interactive Multimedia is an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts program that embraces technology as a creative tool to express, communicate, empower, and entertain. Our core curriculum provides a foundation of skills and knowledge in digital media production, creative coding, and interactive design, coupled with an awareness of the historical and cultural forces that shape our attitudes toward technology. Our ever-evolving mix of intermediate and advanced courses explore opportunities where established disciplines intersect — such as the art, storytelling, sound, and programming that weave into video games — as well as the possibilities presented by new technology, such as digital fabrication and augmented reality.
The IMM major is designed to articulate with other programs of study at TCNJ, so that students who are inspired to dig deeper into a particular subject can pursue minors or even second majors in related areas, such as Graphic Design, Art, Music, Computer Science, or Business. Our graduates have built successful careers as web and mobile developers, video game artists, animators and filmmakers, exhibit designers, project managers, teachers, user experience designers, and related professions. They’ve gone on to graduate study in a range of field including animation, computer science, education, business, theater technology, and music.
In 2010, The Princeton Review and GamePro Magazine named IMM 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 hold mock interviews, review résumés, and monitor job listings. We write recommendation letters and make phone calls. Students find all the support they need to get that important first gig in their field. Peruse current offerings on our Internships and Opportunities list.
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.