What will I learn?

IMD provides students with an expansive understanding of the processes and methods involved in conceiving, creating, and evaluating technology-mediated experiences.

IMD students create media products ranging from video and immersive artworks to web-based and platform-specific apps while working in collaboration with their peers.

With its interdisciplinary approach to interaction design and emphasis on studio practice, IMD enables students to develop creative solutions to complex problems.

Cohort-Based Learning

The two-year curriculum, grounded in an intensive cohort-based learning environment, blends academic theory, human-centered design, artistic technique, process management approaches, and methods for gathering and analyzing critical metrics.

Career Focus

IMD majors graduate with a design portfolio that prepares them for careers in the arts and industry, as well as for graduate study. They are uniquely qualified to provide leadership across employment sectors concerned with interaction design in education, engineering, art, science, social media, and other forms of digital interactivity.

Interactive Media Design Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the IMD degree students will be able to:

Understand and engage critically with theories and concepts related to analysis, design, development and implementation of interactive media experiences and their social context.

Use an interdisciplinary approach in the design and development of interactive media that applies engineering and user-centered, inclusive, community-based and universal design methodologies and best practices.

Collaborate effectively, creatively, productively, and ethically using team and communication skills imbued with respect and empathy.

Create interactive media experiences that engage unequal relations of power, knowledge, and difference, by learning from communities with multiple intersecting identities.

Utilize a variety of technologies and tools to explore, develop, and deliver interactive experiences on commonly used platforms and infrastructure, as well as on novel and experimental interfaces and systems.

Write and communicate clearly at all stages of project research, design, and implementation.

Which department am I in?

School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$39,114.00 (29,03,643) per year
Start date

29 September 2021


University of Washington Bothell

18115 Campus Way NE,



98011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.