You must complete 30 credits over 3 semesters to obtain a Master of Science in Integrated Digital Media. Our students typically take a 4-course load at 3 credits per course in the fall and spring of their first year. We recommend that you enroll in the 6-credit thesis seminar in your second year. Below is the distribution of your credit requirements.
First Semester, Fall
Media Studies Seminar, Credits: 3.00
Media Organizations, Credits: 3.00
The first-year seminar provides a dual roal as a graduate-level course in media studies (complete with a writing-intensive research project) and a forum for students to present creative and technical work for peer review and group critique.
Choose 2 studio courses offered in performance, sound, cinema, 3D, interaction design, game design, and web and networked media, that you think will best raise your expertise level in a specialty for which you are well prepared. While the studio courses are broad in scope (they cover a conceptual theme prevalent in digital media rather than a specific sub-topic), they each require focused production work on a final project, and involve collaboration with colleagues who have complementary skills and interests.
Second Semester, Spring
Media Law Seminar, Credits: 3.00
Choose among 3 elective courses (“Specials”), which may include DM 9103
Special Topics in Digital Media, Credits: 3.00 or a 3-credit Internship. “Special” electives, taught by regular and adjunct faculty, are selected each year from a group of possible courses based on the interests of the first-year class. For example, if the entering DM class is specifically interested in machine vision (based on its project work in the first-semester seminar), the faculty will “commission” an elective on that topic.
Independent Study enrollment is permitted for DM students interested in specific research areas outside of the electives offered.
Internships are available for students seeking to gain job experience outside of NYU-Poly in the commercial or nonprofit sector. Your faculty supervisor will determine your final grade for the 3 credits of an internship based on consultation with the host-firm internship supervisor. You must also submit a 2,000-word report by the last day of the semester (last day of regular exams).
Third Semester, Fall
In your third semester, you will work on a 6-credit Thesis Seminar in which you will develop a thesis project and write in a group environment supervised by a faculty member. At the end of the seminar, you will prepare and defend your thesis project before a faculty committee.