Immersive Media

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Immersive Media Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Immersive Media (IMM) is an interdisciplinary program that equips students with knowledge of virtual and augmented reality technology, architecture, 3D modeling, game development engines, writing, and design thinking to prepare them for careers in immersive media creation. Students will blend industry-standard design practices and artistic methods with cutting-edge technology to create experiences in gaming, architecture, software, entertainment, and a variety of other industries.

Degrees Offered
  • BA
Program School

Students in the immersive media program will get to help create the future as we push together towards the edge of where technology is going. We will find new ways to tell stories, build meaningful interactions, design new ways of doing work, and create worlds we’ve never seen. We focus on collaborative work, design thinking, inclusive and accessible design, and meaningful projects to make sure that when you leave you are ready for what’s ahead.

—DOUG NORTH COOK, assistant professor

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Chatham University's immersive media program is dedicated to building virtual worlds that are compelling, believable, and desirable by employers in a range of industries. 

Explore the Immersive Media Degree:

  • IMM program faculty are committed to the ethos of Universal Design, ensuring that environments and products—both virtual and physical—are as accessible as possible by everyone regardless of age, size, ability, disability, or any other consideration.
  • Customize your education with electives including screenwriting, interactive amination, sculpture, healthcare systems design, instructional design, and many more.
  • Students in the program have access to state-of-the-art equipment, studio facilities, expert faculty and staff, and the opportunity to work directly with faculty on research and creative projects. 

Immersive Media I

Students receive an introduction to 3D modeling, programming, and architectural and design theory, and start learning the skills and technology necessary to build immersive experiences.

Studio IV - Prototyping for Advanced Systems

Students will be given the opportunity to develop immersive experiences for high-end, experimental, and prototype equipment that is only available to students in this course and later studios. Students will learn how to work with complex immersive equipment systems and early access software in a collaborative studio environment.

Fallingwater Studio Residency

As an immersive, weeklong, onsite study at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, students develop and apply design thinking and visualization skills through the exploration and application of sustainable strategies, architectural theories, manifestos, and phenomenology. Student workflow and artifacts are the culmination of site observations, hikes, lectures, readings, discussions, critiques, and design charrettes resulting in a final project presentation.

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Our Faculty

If one word could best sum up Chatham's faculty, it would be engaged. Professors bring experiences to relate the course lessons to real-world situations.

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Immersive Media Scholarship

Up to $2,000 is available annually for this scholarship. Students must submit a portfolio (art or design work) or an essay on the subject of why you want to major in immersive media at Chatham. 

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Tools for Education

The IMM program provides access to cutting edge virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) hardware; a variety of other interactive technology and software experiences; and a massive library of VR and AR software titles.

Learning in Practice

Chatham Eastside, where our program’s state-of-the-art classroom, studio, and exhibition spaces reside, is recognized as a LEED Silver renovation project that manifests sustainable design practices and uses recycled materials and energy-efficient lighting to create a green academic and social space in an urban setting.