Integrated Design and Media (MS)

Technology, Culture and Society Department

Program Description

The Integrated Design & Media (IDM) program fosters creative practice, design research, and multidisciplinary experimentation with emerging media technologies. As a research-active program within NYU Tandon School of Engineering, faculty collaborate in research that integrates digital media and society. The IDM MS curriculum combines project-based learning with the study of historical, cultural, ethical, and philosophical aspects of emerging media and technology. We emphasize the development of skills applicable to a broad spectrum of media through individual and collaborative work. Guest lectures and conferences supplement our curriculum and maximize students’ personal contact with leaders in various sectors of the following fields: business, advocacy, service, entertainment, and education. The program culminates in a self-directed project that combines theory and practice showcasing students’ creative and technical abilities.

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, 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.
  • The Laboratory for Living Interfaces aims to understand how the design decisions of architects, city planners, and material scientists affect the ubiquitous living component of the spaces we inhabit: the environmental microbiome.
  • The Low PWR Lab focuses on climate-resilient, rugged and low-power computing for community-owned solutions, infrastructure & services.

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.
  • Google
  • 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


To apply for admission to any Tandon graduate program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Video and Portfolio Submission

Upon applying for admission, 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 to discuss.