Specialist areas in the multimedia sectors are growing rapidly in North America, Asia and Europe, resulting in a huge demand for employees with the expertise and skills that combine creativity, imagination, and technology.

The Interactive Multimedia & Design (IMD) program provides a multidisciplinary education in key areas of digital media, including web design, 2D and 3D computer animation, game design and development, visual effects, human-computer interaction (HCI) and project management. In addition, this program is one of only a few in Canada that combines both a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and an Advanced Applied Arts Diploma.

A multi-disciplinary approach to shape the digital world.

With its unique mix of design, programming, physics, mathematics, and social science courses, the Interactive Multimedia and Design (IMD) program focuses on the entire multimedia production process: from initial concept through to final realization. It is best suited to students with the potential to be both creative and technologically adept, and with a keen interest in producing the next generation of multimedia applications, products, and systems.

The IMD program provides the tools you need to start with a problem and move through the entire process: from concept, to pre-production, to production, through to post-production

The world is changing at a fast pace. As a student of today and a designer of tomorrow, you need well-rounded practical experience as well as a strong theoretical education upon which you can build a lifetime career in this area.

The IMD program provides the tools you need to start with a problem and move through the entire process: from concept, to pre-production, to production, through to post-production. Along the way, you will learn how to turn your ideas into reality using a mixture of technical and artistic skills. Upon graduation, you will be well equipped to work in and help shape the digital world of the 21st century.

Co-Operative Education

The program offers a flexible co-op option that allows you to gain at least 12 months of on-site practical experience in settings such as game development companies, government agencies, web development companies, animation studios and other private sector industries.

Future Opportunities

Successful completion of the IMD program gives you both a university bachelor’s degree and an advanced college diploma; a combination that opens the door to a broad range of career opportunities. Graduates from the program also have excellent opportunities to pursue Master’s and PhD programs at Carleton University (such as our Digital Media program) and at other universities.

Tuned into Industry

We consult regularly with representatives from digital media industries to track current, emerging and future trends in the marketplace. All our lecturers have a solid background in the industry and actively pursue research on the leading edge of interactive multimedia. This combination of industry involvement and academic excellence helps prepare you for the future and provides a direct link to a range of industries

The Capital Advantage

There are few better places in which to live and study than Ottawa, Canada’s capital. With more than 1,800 technology companies, the city is one of Canada’s major high tech hubs. It is also home to a wide range of governmental departments, non-profit organizations, and educational and research institutions.

Laboratory Facilities

State-of-the-art facilities and equipment at both institutions matches hardware and software in use at leading media companies and will be available for your use. These facilities have been specifically designed, built and maintained for the program and will enrich your studies by providing access to the latest technology available.

Facility Highlights

  • Full 14 Camera Industry-Standard Motion Capture System
  • Full Chromakey/Photo Studio
  • Audio Recording Studios
  • Audio/Video and Interactive Media equipment rental facilities
  • Computer laboratories equiped with latest multimedia production software

How the Program Works

Once registered in the IMD program, you will be considered a student at both Carleton University and Algonquin College. You will benefit from the outstanding facilities, teaching staff, resources and expertise that both institutions have to offer.Carleton University provides a well-rounded educational experience and background; Algonquin College provides further hands-on experience in applied course work.

Note: The program has been designed for full-time studies; to ensure the necessary student/teacher interaction, enrolment in the program is limited.

Admissions Information