Admission

Seen at a distance through a pair of whiteboard doors, AIMS students collaborate on client projects

IMS Majors or Minors

Incoming Students and First Semester Miami Students

  • Incoming first-year students do not need to complete a separate application. If you are accepted into Miami, you are accepted into your major or minor.

    However, we ask that you formally declare IMS before you come in; otherwise, you will not be able to add classes or receive any advising from our staff.

  • If you are presently enrolled at Miami, but have not completed your first semester, contact us to declare an IMS major.

Current Miami Students

All presently enrolled Miami student applicants must complete both of the application process requirements listed below.

All current Miami applicants MUST have a GPA at/above 3.0

Complete both of the following steps, in order:

  1. Create a website that conveys
    -Who you are
    -Why you want to study Interactive Media Studies
    -What interests you most about Digital and Emerging Technology

    We understand that you may not have ever been taught how to make a website. That’s OK. We are not evaluating technical skill. The website does not need to be complex or even more than a single page, if you want; it just needs to speak to these three issues.

    There are a lot of different ways you could do this; you can figure it out. Just don’t plagiarize.

    Once you have made the website, make a note of the URL for it. You will need it for the second step in the application process.

    Note: The admissions committee will not consider your application unless they can access your website using the URL you submit. So, double check to make sure it is valid and works on at least a different computer or a device such as a smartphone or iPad.
  2. Complete the application form:

    Apply to Interactive Media Studies programs


Games Major* and Minor

*Games Major currently awaiting final approval

Admission to the games major and minor is competitive, as there are a limited number of slots, and acceptance is based on a number of criteria beyond GPA.

All current Miami applicants MUST have a GPA at/above 3.0 to apply.

You will be notified if your application is accepted or denied via email within a month.

Admission Assignment: Concept Document

For admission to the games major or games minor, we require students to submit a concept document for a game that they would like to make (or have made in the past). It is highly recommended to visualize your concept as much as possible (through flow charts, concept art, etc.) and that you use this opportunity to highlight your strengths as a future professional in games.

In the document, please address the following questions:

  1. What is the premise of your game?
  2. How does your game relate to other games that you have played?
  3. What would the biggest technical challenges be to develop this game?
  4. What parts of the game development process would you take on, and why?
  5. Describe a player that this game is being designed for. What makes this experience valuable and engaging to them?
  6. How would you make sure that your game delivers this experience described in the previous question?
  7. How would you ensure that your audiences find your game?

Games Major with a Focus on Game Art

For students who want to get on the art track of the games major, we request that you also attach 12 or more pieces that you made in the past. Any pieces that are used as part as the “concept document” assignment also count towards the 12 required pieces.

Students that want to do the games minor do not have to provide pieces of art.

Apply for the Games + Simulation Major or the Game Minor