About the Interactive Media & Games Division
Playful and interactive experiences make up the fastest growing segment of the entertainment industry. USC has been a pioneer in teaching the foundations of games and interactive media as well as moving the field forward with innovative research concepts. USC has been a pioneer in teaching the foundations of games and interactive media as well as moving the field forward with innovative research concepts. The Princeton Review has ranked USC the #1 Game Design school in North America every year since its ranking system began in 2009.
In the Interactive Media & Games Division (IMGD), you'll explore the full potential of game design and interactive experiences. You'll learn about the depth and diversity of the form-from AAA development processes to indie and experimental genres of play, from virtual and alternate realities to expressive and meaningful games designed to enrich, educate, and influence a wide audience. You'll explore how game design intersects with emerging interactive experiences like networked environments and social media, theme park design, environmental media, interactive cinema, as well as experimental and art games. You'll work with faculty and students from across the University to design and develop sophisticated experiences and test them in our state-of-the-art user testing rooms with public release as a very real goal. You'll learn the art, technology, and business behind this fast-growing field. And you'll take classes across the School's other divisions that will expose you to key cinematic and storytelling techniques to make your games cutting edge in every way.
IMGD is an inclusive, creative, and entrepreneurial community that is supportive of all forms of game and interactive design - we encourage students to explore experimental and artistic games as well as those with a commercial focus. We look beyond what are called "games" today and innovate beyond the form every day. The Division has a long track record of producing work and teams that have gone on to become startup game, mobile, VR, and other innovative interactive companies.
Degree requirements and course descriptions are detailed in the USC Catalogue.
Interactive Media & Games Division
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Sam Roberts, Assistant Director
University Park, SCA 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90089.2211