The Integrated Design & Media (IDM) program (formerly known as Integrated Digital Media) fosters creative practice, design research and multidisciplinary experimentation with emerging media technologies. As a research-active program within NYU Tandon School of Engineering, IDM faculty collaborate in research that integrates digital media and society. Our projects range from using motion capture technology to reimagine theatrical performance, to developing novel uses of virtual/augmented reality for health and wellness, to the integration of STEAM learning into special needs education, to the development of citizen science tools to empower NYC residents to monitor and report on noise pollution in their communities, to helping NASA JPL develop next-generation user interfaces for space exploration, to assisting with the search and visualization of the historical record of New York City.
Our faculty include leading artists, designers, developers and performers who passionately engage in professional work and research at the intersection of engineering and creative practice.
Research and Outreach
Graduate students in IDM participate fully in research initiatives through our partnerships with other programs and schools at NYU Tandon, NYC Media Lab, the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), NYU, and other NYC institutions.
- The ABILITY Project supports research in client-centered, assistive technology and adaptive design for people with disabilities.
- The Mobile Augmented Reality Lab supports research into design modalities where digital experiences meet the physical world.
Some of our top research areas include:
- Assistive Technology
- Augmented Reality
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Motion Capture
- Real-Time Performance
- Social Activism
- User Experience
Internships and Careers
From industry giants to fast-paced startups, the most competitive companies in the world seek NYU Tandon School Of Engineering graduate students. Below is a small sample of some of the places our IDM students have interned or worked at:
- ABC Network
- American Express
- Apple Corporate
- Bank of America
- EMI Music
- Facebook Inc.
- HTC China
- LG Electronics
- Major League Gaming
- New York Stock Exchange
- Simon & Schuster Incorporated
- Wunderman/Y&R Advertising
- Multimedia Artist
- Video Editor
- Graphic Designer
- Sound Designer
- Web Designer/Developer
- Game Developer
- Mobile Application Developer
- User Experience (UX) Designer
- Creative Director
Admission to graduate programs in the Tandon School of Engineering requires the following minimum components:
- Statement of Purpose
- Letters of Recommendation
- Proficiency in English
The NYU Tandon Graduate Admissions website has additional information on school-wide admission.
Some programs may require additional components for admissions.
See the program's How to Apply for department-specific admission requirements and instructions.
Priority Deadline: December 1st
Regular Admission: February 15th
The following items are required for admission:
- Online Application + $90 application fee
- Transcripts from all previously attended institutions
- Letters of Recommendation (minimum of 2)
- Personal Statement
- Portfolio of Creative Work (as PDF or website)
- TOEFL or IELTS Scores (for international applicants only) (school code: 2668)
- Interview (on skype or in person) with faculty and administration, if requested
*No GRE is required for the Graduate IDM application
Video and Portfolio Submission
Submit a portfolio of your creative work as a PDF. If you have materials online that you wish to use, please provide a PDF with a URL to your website.
The one-minute video required for application to IDM is an opportunity for you to give us a stronger sense of who you are as a person. We’d like to hear specifically what you might expect to do with your time at NYU. This may include faculty you want to work with and why, which of our courses are exciting to you, a project you're currently passionate about that you'd like to explore, or what labs or research activities spark your interest. This video should be as unique as you. Think of it as a extension of your portfolio and use your own voice. We get many videos of people reading our website back to us, this is an opportunity for your personality to come through.
Post to Youtube or Vimeo and share the link for viewing. We strongly encourage you to post this privately and share the password with us. There are many IDM application videos on the web, and yours should not look like any of the others out there.
If you require accommodations for either the portfolio or video requirements, please contact Eric Maiello at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.