School of Interactive Games and Media
The School of Interactive Games and Media (IGM) comprises faculty from a variety of academic backgrounds with a shared interest in computing as it relates to interactive media, games, simulations, VR/AR, experimental interfaces, and media-centric systems of all varieties. IGM provides an educational environment that supports and encourages creative and collaborative academic inquiry by both faculty and students. IGM’s programs, coursework, research, and development efforts provide students with the knowledge and skills to pursue meaningful and rewarding careers in media-centric, interactive software development, while simultaneously advancing the field and helping to provide a well-rounded educational experience.
Curricula and course descriptions:
- New Media Interactive Development BS (partners with New Media Design BFA)
- Game Design and Development BS (scroll down to see BS/MS option)
- Game Design and Development MS
- Both game degrees partner with Game Arts in the College of Art and Design.
For more information, see the following:
What our students do
- MAGIC Center at RIT
- IGM Featured Work
- IGM Student Gallery; See also:
Research and Scholarship
- IGM Research
- Key Research Areas in Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
- Research at RIT
State-of-the-art facilities and technology
Community of engaged students and faculty
Renowned co-op program
High job placement rate in computing fields
One of the best game design and development programs in the nation, according to Princeton Review
Job placement rate since 1998
Won by our national championship-winning Dota 2 Esports team
May 17, 2023
Professor Brian Tomaszewski uses spatial data science to help Ukrainian refugee crisis in Poland
RIT Professor Brian Tomaszewski received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to conduct spatial data science research related to the forced displacement of Ukrainian refugees in and out of Poland.
April 29, 2023
Imagine RIT festival proves the future is bright
Thousands of visitors at the 2023 Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival got to see what’s on the horizon in the areas of technology, the arts, and design. Festivalgoers traversed RIT’s campus on Saturday, exploring more than 350 exhibits.
April 28, 2023
Wegmans sponsors Women in Computing Collaboratory to promote diversity in tech industry
RIT’s Women in Computing organization is partnering with Wegmans to support diversity and inclusion in the computing industry. Wegmans is committing $200,000 throughout the next five years to the WiC group to support its work in advancing all women and gender minorities in computing.
Core team: Sean Foley, Nuha Syed, Mason Hayes, Destiny Treptau, Ajay Ramnarine Extended team: Whitney Kluttz, Eric Delmonico, Savvy Blaum, Gene Anerine, Evelyn Bilodeau
🎀 Idol Hell named "Best in Show" at the 2023 Student Game Showcase & Expo. 🎀
David Green, Justin Walraven, Tanessa Howard
Being Human is a visual novel where players follow Jay, an African-American non-binary high school student on their way to graduation.
Tower of Dreams
Climb your way to the top of the tower in this vertical platforming roguelike!
The game design and development major empowers students to explore the entertainment technology landscape and related areas, while still pursuing a broad-based university education. The degree is intended specifically for students who aspire to hold careers within the professional games industry or a related field, such as simulation, edutainment, or visualization.
RIT is ranked 3rd among top universities in the world for students who want to study and create games, according to the 2023 international rankings from The Princeton Review.Learn more about the Game Design and Development BS program
A degree in interactive media adapts digital technologies for social software, wearable devices, touch interfaces, virtual/augmented reality, the internet, and more.Learn more about the New Media Interactive Development BS program
The Master of Science degree in game design and development covers the breadth of the game development field through course work in topics such as computer graphics, game engines, interactive narrative, and game design. The degree is specifically for students who aspire to careers within the professional gaming industry or a related field such as simulation, edutainment, or visualization.
The Ph.D. in information sciences is a research degree that produces independent scholars, cutting-edge researchers, and well-prepared educators. You'll study with RIT's world-class computing faculty and take advantage of diverse academic offerings and modern facilities as you identify and research challenges within and beyond computing.Learn more about the Computing and Information Sciences Ph.D. program
RIT is ranked 4th among top universities in the world for students who want to study and create games, according to new international rankings from The Princeton Review.Learn more about the Game Design and Development MS program
Minors and Immersions
Free and open source software is released with licenses that allow it to be redistributed freely for others to use, copy, and/or modify within certain restrictions and conditions. Free culture refers to writing, art, music, and other creative materials released with rights for reuse and/or redistribution that are more flexible than those of the traditional marketplace. Both are often created and/or distributed by collaborative teams with members around the world. The minor in free and open source software and free culture is intended for students who want to develop a deep understanding of the processes, practices, technologies, financial, legal, and societal impacts of these movements. The minor includes a set of computing and liberal arts courses that explore these aspects through research, analysis, and participation in these communities via the creation of digital cultural artifacts and team-driven software projects. Students complete three required courses, one constrained elective course, and one elective course.Learn more about the Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture Minor program
Business, the arts, the sciences, and the humanities now rely on work that is “open," work that is released in a manner that allows it to be shared, copied, and improved upon by its users. Open Source Software powers the internet and the World Wide Web, Open Data, and Open GIS mapping. All of these are at the core of most digital humanities projects. Creative Commons licenses allow artists, musicians, and writers to collaborate more freely by altering the “all on or all off” conditions of copyright. The Open Hardware of the Raspberry Pi and Arduino board drive the maker movement and interactive arts.Learn more about the Free Culture and Free and Open Source Computing Immersion program
The game design and development minor is intended for students studying in a technical field who want to combine their knowledge and skill in software development with the media-centric approach to application design that is exemplified in the professional games and simulation industries. The minor defines a series of courses that build upon students’ existing knowledge in computing, physics, and mathematics to explore the design principles of games and interactive worlds through the creation of prototypes and software projects.Learn more about the Game Design and Development Minor program
The game design minor is intended for students outside of technical computing majors who want to explore the process and principles of game design and the associated theories of interactive media. The minor provides an introductory experience to media-centric software development that enables students to prototype and test their own designs.Learn more about the Game Design Minor program
As the world grows in complexity and interconnectedness, new challenges arise in visually representing, reasoning, and making sense of spatially-oriented problems and data. The geographic information systems immersion allows students to study geographic problem solving and scientific inquiry from an interdisciplinary perspective of interactive, digital mapping tools and related digital data problem solving technologies. Students are introduced to geographic mapping concepts and theory, digital cartography, geographic problem solving with geospatial and related computer tools, geospatial technology ethics and application of GIS to global problems such as natural disasters.Learn more about the Geographic Information Systems Immersion program
The geographic information systems (GIS) minor provides students with experience in the concepts, technology, and applications related to computer-based mapping, spatial databases, and geographic analysis and problem solving. The minor features two tracks: a GIS development track for students interested in GIS software development, and a GIS analysis track for students interested in utilizing GIS as a strong methodological base within their major of study. Required courses provide core GIS foundations applicable to a variety of multidisciplinary elective courses students can choose from to match their research, post-graduate, or career interests.Learn more about the Geographic Information Systems Minor program
IGM Faculty within the School are actively engaged in many research areas. Both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to work with our faculty in their research areas.
Here you will find additional resources for the School of Interactive Games and Media, such as advising, student gallery, lab resources, etc.
Future Undergraduate Students
Future Graduate Students
Undergraduate Academic Advising
Labs and Technology Resources
The faculty and staff in IGM are looking forward to working with you during your college career.
View first year student details
RIT Student Game Showcase and Expo
Sponsored by IGM, the RIT Student Game Showcase and Expo brings together students, faculty, alumni, and industry professionals to celebrate the achievements of RIT student-led design teams.
During this annual celebration, student games are reviewed in a variety of categories by panels of academic and industry experts. Winners are announced during the live showcase towards the end of the spring semester. Additionally, we host an expo before the live showcase where students are able to show off their games or new media projects to the public.
Join us for the 5th annual Student Game Showcase & Expo in-person or virtually on April 15th, 2023
Industrial Advisory Board
The IGM Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consists of a broad range of industry representatives. The board helps us stay current with industry trends, offering insight on everything from curriculum to teaching methods. IAB plays an integral role in helping us maintain a balanced, vibrant school.
Learn more about the IGM Industrial Advisory Board