Hartford Art School

Integrated Media Arts

Integrated Media Arts (IMA) is a cross-disciplinary major that reflects the engagement of new imaging technologies in contemporary art with a study of their cultural impact.

About the Major

You will use of digital technology as a sophisticated art-making tool within a broad, cross-disciplinary context. The opportunity for interdepartmental investigation and collaboration within the Hartford Art School and across the University, exploring new media with traditional art disciplines, is an underlying principle of this major.

IMA is for the nontraditional art student who is excited by the prospect of moving between genres and disciplines, and working with others that reflects contemporary international art practice.

We encourage students to participate in inter-collegiate collaborations, especially with The Hartt School’s Department of Composition and Department of Dance; the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture; and the Cinema Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Featured Courses

After your foundation year, this program guides you through a series of cross-disciplinary and nontraditional studies. You must complete 77–80 studio credits for your major, plus 45–46 academic credits.

For a full list of credit requirements, visit the course catalog.

Core Classes

IMA 210 | Integrated Media Arts 1
ANI 230 | Intro to Animated Image
IMA 220 | Intro to Video
PHO 350 | Digital Photography
IMA 310 | Programming for Artists
IMA 320 | Visual Culture
IMA 389 | Junior Review
IMA 410 | Senior Capstone Project

Electives

Choose one of the following tracks:

Video Arts Track (12 credits)
IMA 330 | Intermediate Video
PHO 340 | Commercial Photo (Lighting)
IMA 350 | Video Post-Production
IMA 370 | Sound Art

Computing Arts Track (12 credits)
IMA 335 | Computing and Shaping Space
IMA 370 | Sound Art
IMA 345 | Digital Fabrication
IMA 355 | Interactive Projects

Animation Arts Track (12 credits)
IMA 330 | Intermediate Video
ANI 330 | Experimental Animation
IMA 350 | Video Post-Production
ANI 345 | Advanced Animation

Additional Requirements

20 credits from Foundation year

  • 3 credits in each of the following (12 total):
    • PTG/DWG or DES
    • SCL
    • MDA or VDO or PHO
    • ILS or GRA
  • 3 credits of Mathematics (M 110, 112, 114, or 116)
  • 6 credits in academic writing (WRT 110 and 111)
  • 12 credits in Art History (ART)

12–13 credits from the All University Curriculum

Integrated Media Arts Faculty

Gene Gort
Professor, Media Arts
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Thomas Prutisto
Photography & Media Arts Technician, Adjunct
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Career Outlook

Blake Anderson's work from Integrated Media Arts program

Integrated Media Arts provides a core curriculum addressing video production, experimental animation, digital imaging, web projects, creative coding and visual culture. Video, animation, and computing arts are the three tracks of focused study within the major.

IMA exposes our students to a critical and historical knowledge of the field, developing technical proficiency in a number of areas, providing a diverse skill set and numerous career opportunities.

We expect our students to define new artistic directions for themselves and for the field in general.

Student Work

Admission Requirements

There are a few ways students can apply for admission to Hartford Art School, all of which require a portfolio review. Visit our admissions section for step-by-step guidance, and remember that you can always give us a call. We’re here to help with any questions you may have.

Student Feature

Will Hafey

Nontraditional paths fascinate Will Hafey ’19. With its atypical blend of video, computing, and animation, the Hartford Art School’s integrated media arts (IMA) program resonated with the Collinsville, Connecticut, native from the first time he heard about it.

“I’m interested in computer graphics, CGI and 3D modeling, creating virtual worlds as well as being able to work with the kind of technology you see in movies,” he explains. “It’s very interesting work.”

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