Learning Media-Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology - Carnegie Mellon University

Learning Media

When we learn, we often do so with the use of some form of media. We visualize concepts with the help of drawings on a chalkboard and we take notes with a pencil and paper. We pore through digital archives for research or play an educational game on a tablet.

Students in the Learning Media Design concentration will combine their diverse skills for the design of effective new media systems for learning; from games for learning to tangible learning tool kits and remote learning systems. They will focus on systems that leverage new technologies, media arts knowledge, and learning science principles to create engaging experiences with measurable real world impact.

The concentration offers courses that cover, in an interdisciplinary manner accessible to students from all disciplines, the basic concepts and methods of learning science. Students will combine these courses with relevant media making courses from other IDeATe concentrations (Game Design, Mediated Narrative, Physical Computing, etc.) and technology-enhanced learning courses. The Learning Media Design course (required for this concentration) brings students across disciplines together to explore integrative design of learning media through hands-on collaborative projects.


After completing one of the IDeATe portal courses, students will take one of the new courses listed below, one new "making" course from any IDeATe concentration, plus one of the existing courses listed below or an elective.

New Courses:

Existing Courses:

  • 85-392 Human Expertise - offered by Psychology
  • 85-390 Human Memory - offered by Psychology
  • 80-xxx Causal Learning - offered by Philosophy
  • 05-823 E-Learning Design Principles - offered by Human-Computer Interaction Institute
  • 05-418 Design of Educational Games - offered by Human-Computer Interaction Institute
  • 05-432 Personalized Online Learning - offered by Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Capstone Project Course

Students will also have the option of proposing a one-semester, interdisciplinary mentored project that needs to be approved by both their primary and IDeATe advisors.