Design and Digital Technologies

M.A. in Interactive Multimedia Arts

The only constant in today's multimedia world is constant change. To prepare for a career in this fast-moving field, you need an education that puts a premium on flexibility, creativity and a truly diverse skill-set. In this 36-credit Master of Arts program students develop their skills within an interactive digital environment that fosters cross-discipline collaboration and critical analysis.

While working in a chosen area of concentration, you will explore several of the disciplines involved in multimedia production, from storyboarding and wire-framing to Web design and development to video/audio production to 3D design and animation. The emphasis is on creating new work, but to enrich that process, you will study the theory and history of multimedia art forms, and the legal and ethical issues raised by today's rapidly evolving technologies.

For your own work, you will have access to the state-of-the-art facilities in LIU Post's Interactive Multimedia Arts Labs - including 65 networked computers, six full color printers, and 10 flatbed scanners (2D and 3D), all supported with annually updated software. LIU Post's new Media Television Studio, with the latest in production and editing equipment, enables students to incorporate professional-quality video and audio into their multimedia projects.

The program is highly selective, and accepts approximately 14 students each year. Professionals in the field present guest lectures via web video conferencing. Students and faculty enjoy field trips to leading NYC-area digital marketing agencies. Our program is a paperless environment - all projects are created and stored digitally for access at anytime from anywhere.

Online Journal

Please visit our online journal for updated news concerning advancements and trends in the digital world. Students contribute to the online journal weekly to create an accessible venue for all things digital:

Recent Student Thesis Sites

Carolyn Sweeney - IMA Class 2014 – TEDXLIU Finalist 2014
owner/founder Interactive Multimedia Books & Learning

Eirick Bjorno  - IMA Class 2014 - owner/founder Next Step USA

Ipshita Kaul - IMA Class 2015 - Digital Marketing Assoc. FrenchConnectionUK

Maria Greco - IMA Class 2016 (scheduled) - owner/founder LIFinds

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee: non-refundable
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Bachelor's degree in the Visual Arts or a related field with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from an accredited school. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA may be restricted to 12 credits for the year.
  • Bachelor's degree in the Visual Arts or a related field with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from an accredited school. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA may be restricted to 12 credits for the year.

  • Examples of creative work and a personal interview with the Program Director will be required. Candidates for entrance to the program must have a basic level of computer literacy. They should be familiar with the P.C. or Macintosh platform and have experience with two or more of the following: wordprocessing, HTML, digital imaging, digital illustration, digital video or MIDI. Applicants to the program without this basic level of computer literacy will be required to take either a special summer workshop at LIU Post or a comparable college-level course at another institution with the approval of the department to enhance their existing computer skills. Credits earned in such preparation for admission to the program, whether on a graduate or undergraduate level, may not be used as part of, or in substitution for, program requirements. Applications are accepted for the Fall term only - Spring exceptions are made depending on space availability.

  • Portfolio Requirements: Applicants must send a portfolio, or sample of their work by May 30, to the Interactive Multimedia Arts Office, Humanities Hall, Room 120, LIU Post, Brookville, N.Y. 11548. Attn: Patrick Aievoli

    Acceptable sample formats are: Slides, photos, VHS tape, DVDs, CDs, Thumb Drives and URL's. Do not send masters or original materials. Please make sure all materials are properly labeled with your name and address.

    Interview: Once your application and support material has been reviewed, you will be contacted for an interview with the Interactive Multimedia Arts Program Director.

  • Submit a Personal Statement that describes your artistic work as it relates to the program, and state what you wish to accomplish in your studies here. Any relevant professional experience should also be described in this statement. A GRE is not necessary.
  • Submit two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Send application materials, with the exception of the portfolio, to:
Graduate Admissions
LIU Post
Admissions Processing Center
P.O.Box 805
Randolph, MA 02368-0805

The portfolio should be mailed to:
Interactive Multimedia Arts Office
Humanities Hall, Room 119a,
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-2465

Major Requirements
Required Foundation courses (15 credits)
IMA 501 Overview of Interactive Multimedia Technology 3.00
IMA 502 Writing, Research and Evaluation for Multimedia 3.00
IMA 503 Multimedia Laboratory I 3.00
IMA 504 Social, Ethical and Legal Contexts of Communications Technologies and Multimedia 3.00
IMA 505 Multimedia History, Theory and Criticism 3.00
Required Laboratory courses (15 credits)
IMA 601 Moving Image In Multimedia 3.00
IMA 603 Multimedia Laboratory II 3.00
IMA 604 Internet and Web Design 3.00
IMA 605 3D Modeling and Imaging 3.00
IMA 701 Special Topics in Multimedia 3.00
Elective Courses: to be used as substitutes (6 credits)
IMA 602 Sound in Multimedia 3.00
IMA 702 Advanced Digital Editing 3.00
Required Laboratory courses (6 credits)
IMA 707 Thesis Research 3.00
IMA 708 Thesis: Final Project 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 36
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean
Kahn 100, Kahn Hall