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Interactive Games and Media

Welcome to Interactive Games & Media

Welcome to the School of Interactive Games and Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology! We are located in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences and affiliated with the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC). You can find information about our academic programs: the Bachelor of Science in Game Design & Development, Bachelor of Science in New Media Interactive Development, Master of Science in Game Design & Development, and our undergraduate minors. See also our research and development and our faculty. IGM at RIT is a community effort in almost every sense—we invite you to see what we're up to, and, if interested, to join our ever-expanding family.

IGM in the News!

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Come visit us!

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IGM GDD Academic Programs Rank in the Top 10 in the US - Princeton Review

Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the top schools to study video game design for 2014, according to new international rankings from The Princeton Review. RIT’s game design and development programs rank seventh for undergraduate and eighth for graduate. RIT’s program is housed in the School of Interactive Games and Media within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. This is the 4th year in a row that our programs have ranked in the top 10.

Join IGM and MAGIC March 28 for Alumni Event @ SF / GDC!

Be our special guest! Once again IGM will be hosting an alumni event on Thursday evening of the Game Developer's Conference, which this year is Thursday, March 28, 2013. The event will be held from 6:00 PM - 8:00PM PST at the Bucca di Beppa near the Moscone Center, and registration is required at the alumni website. The evening provides a wonderful opportunity to catch up and network with fellow RIT alumni, current students, faculty and staff. Professor Andy Phelps will update guests with the latest news, projects, research, scholarship and student achievements taking place within the School of Interactive Games and Media, as well as RIT's new Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC). (NOTE: Current RIT students attenting the conference that wish to attend to meet our alumni and guests will also need to register.)

Games in Education: Getting Girls in the Game

More coverage for our work with Second Ave. Learning and the Martha's Marvelous Machines game (funded through the SBIR program of the National Science Foundation). This time we made the news at Gamification Corp. in an article entitled Games in Education: Getting Girls in the Game. Thanks to everyone involved in this effort!

IGM Welcomes Global Game Jam 2013

It's that crazy time of year when we build lots of stuff... that's right, it's time for Global Game Jam! We are once again hosting a local node of the world-wide event (organized by IGM Prof. Jessica Bayliss and our entire crew), and we also have Microsoft on campus for a Windows 8 Phone hackathon leading into the event. More information is in the weekly newsletter to students - have fun!

IGM Research into Games, Gender, and Education featured at MindShift

Our work with partners Second Ave. Learning (funded by the National Science Foundation) was the source of a recent article at KQED MindShift. In addition to the talented group at Second Ave., IGM Professors David Simkins, Adrienne Decker, and Christopher Egert are engaged in the current project. We are also excited to note the synergy of our efforts with our colleagues at the University of Rochester, as well as others throughout the nation.

IGM Hosts Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 Development Weekend

It's that magical time of year again, as we host Imagine Cup 2013 on campus! From Nov. 30th - Dec 1st the GDD lab will be the local site for development for this exciting event. We are grateful to Microsoft for their continued partnership on this and other events, and their gracious blog post about #ImagineCup13 from @LadyNaggaga

IGM Helps Support Random Hacks of Kindness

Random Hacks of Kindness is an innovative twist on what are traditionally known as random acts of kindness. As a part of this initiative, our work in open-source software creation through Associate Professor Stephen Jacobs and the Lab for Technological Literacy is engaged in this activity. The Lab is sponsored by StormFrog Inc. and Red Hat Inc. You can read more about the event here via University Press coverage and the RIT article.. Press coverage from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle is also available.