The Master of Science in Digital Media program at Georgia Tech (formerly known as Information Design and Technology) offers arts and humanities based advanced study in digital media design and critique. Its faculty includes leading theorists and practitioners who approach the design of digital artifacts as a defining creative and intellectual challenge of the 21st century, comparable in its cultural complexity and historical importance to the inventions of the book, the photograph and the moving image. The diverse student body brings a wide range of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds to a studio and seminar based curriculum which prepares them for leadership positions as designers, producers and critical analysts in a changing digital culture.
The MS in HCI is an interdisciplinary program offered collaboratively by three Schools: Interactive Computing; Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC); and Psychology. Students may apply to enter the program through any one of the three participating units, the choice of which usually reflects that student’s intended area of specialization and general background. Students with diverse and eclectic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The MS HCI is a four–semester, 36 credit-hour degree. All students take the same core courses, a set of courses related to their chosen specialization (Computing, Digital Media, or Psychology), a broader set of electives and complete a master’s project.
The Georgia Tech Digital Media Ph.D. provides both the theoretical and the practical foundation for careers as digital media researchers in academia and industry.The advent of a new medium of human communication and representation is a significant event in human social and cultural history, and introduces the possibility of new genres of artistic expression as well as new forms of information and knowledge transmission. The study of these new forms, from the point of view of the creators and the analysts, is an emerging field, one that requires a convergence of the methodologies of several traditional disciplines, and one that is also defining its own methodologies of research and practice.