Concentrations and Minors-Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology - Carnegie Mellon University

Concentrations and Minors

In August 2014, IDeATe will launch eight cross-CMU interdisciplinary concentrations and minors in Animation and Special Effects, Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries, Game Design, Intelligent Environments, Learning Media, Media Design, Physical Computing, and Sound Design. The concentrations will be available to students in any major and will be embedded in relevant degrees across the participating colleges. The minors will be completed alongside a primary major.

The concentrations and minors will enrich the student resident experience by providing integrative design experiences and connections to diverse cohorts for interested students.


All students who wish to complete one of the concentrations or minors must pass one of the new portal courses, which will be available beginning in Fall 2014. These courses will cross-train students to prepare them for working outside of their primary discipline and will serve as prerequisites for related advanced courses.

After completing a portal course, students will then take a minimum of three courses to earn a concentration or a minimum of four courses to earn a minor. For further details, please see the individual pages of each area.

New IDEATE courses launching over the next two years:
Fall 2014
Spring 2015

15-104 Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice (I-CS)

15-322 Introduction to Computer Music (I-CS)

62-150 Introduction to Media Synthesis and Analysis (I-CFA) 16/54-xxx Acting for Performance Capture (I-RI/DRA)
18-090 Introduction to Signal Processing for Creative Practice (I-ECE) 53-xxx Programming for Game Designers (I-ETC)
16/60-223 Introduction to Physical Computing (I-RI/ART) 16-xxx Game Engine Programming (I-RI)
Fall 2015 05/51-xxx Social Search and Authoring (I-HCII/DES)
16-xxx Experimental Capture and Rendering Techniques (I-RI) 51-xxx Integrative Design (I-DES)
53-xxx Game Design and Development (I-ETC) 18/15-xxx Responsive Mobile Environments (I-ECE/CS)
60/54-xxx Expanded Theater (I-DRA/ART) 16/48-xxx Human-Machine Virtuosity (I-RI/ARC)
15-xxx Mobile App Design and Development (I-CS/SV) 51/76-xxx Information Design (I-DES/ENG)
57-xxx New Markets for Music (I-MUS) 80-292 Learning Media Principles (mini) (I-PHI)
xx-xxx Integrative Product Conceptualization (I-III) 05-xxx Learning Media Methods (mini) (I-HCII)
16/54-xxx Robotics for Creative Practice (I-RI/DRA) 57-xxx Experimental Sound Synthesis (I-MUS)
05/16/53-xxx Learning Media Design (I-HCII/RI/ETC) Spring 2016
60-xxx Experimental Animation (I-ART) 48-xxx Collaborative Projects in Physical Computing (I-ARC)
Fall 2016 76-xxx Mediated Narrative (mini) (I-ENG)
16-xxx Art of Special Effects (I-RI)