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

Media Design

Media used to consist of information and experiences passing through many hands before being delivered to an audience by one prescribed source. Advances in the philosophy and technology of media have allowed us, the audience, to play a more active role in how our information and experiences arrive in our hands. We are now able to customize things like our daily news and artistic experiences.

The Media Design concentration serves students who are interested in digital mediation of experiences. It explores the interconnected development of technology and content in new media systems and the meaning that arises from the resulting forms. Students learn to design mediated experiences across different platforms, from mobile to large-scale installations. They study the structure and function of different components of mediated experiences. They learn how to synthesize those components and how to connect modular structures for the creation of transmedia experiences.


After completing one of the IDeATe portal courses, students will take three (or four, for a minor) of the new or existing courses listed below. Students can also opt to take two (or three, for a minor) of the new or existing courses listed below, plus one elective from one of the other IDeATe concentrations.

New Courses:

Existing Courses:

  • 60-110 Electronic Media Studio I - offered by Art
  • 60-210 Electronic Media Studio II - offered by Art
  • 60-412 Introduction to Interactive Art and Computational Design - offered by Art
  • 18-551 Digital Communication and Signal Processing Systems Design - offered by Electrical & Computer Engineering

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.