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Programs / Information Technology / Interactive Multimedia and Design (IMD)

Program Summary

The four-year IMD program is aimed at students who are both artistically inclined and technologically adept and who are interested in all aspects of digital media. You will acquire the tools you need to take an idea or a problem and advance it through the entire process from concept to pre-production, production and post-production. The program provides you with a multidisciplinary education through courses in computer animation, visual effects, game design and development, graphic design and human-computer interaction. The program is then further enhanced with courses in science, mathematics, business and social science. You will graduate fully-equipped to work in and shape the digital world of the future.

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.

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.

Co-op opportunities

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.

Tuned into industry

Both institutions regularly consult with representatives from related industries in order to track current, emerging and future trends in the market place.

In addition, 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 not only helps prepare you for the future, but also provides a direct link to the industry in which you will be working.

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.

With its unique mix of design, programming, physics, mathematics, and social science courses, the 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.

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.

Additional requirements

Candidates must also submit a portfolio to demonstrate their creativity and aptitude in design work. Examples include: drawing, 3D modelling, web design, photography, graphic design, 2D and 3D animation, game design, etc. We recommend a portfolio showing a broad range of creative skills. Your portfolio and academic records are considered equally for admission to the program. For more information on the portfolio requirements please visit admissions.carleton.ca/additional-requirements.

Successful completion of this four-year program gives you both a university bachelor’s degree and an advanced college diploma. This degree/diploma combination opens the door to a broad range of career opportunities such as computer animation, game design and development, digital video and audio effects, user interface design, multimedia development, dynamic web application design, e-commerce and more.

Graduates from the Interactive Multimedia and Design program also have excellent opportunities to pursue Master’s and PhD programs at Carleton University (such as our Human-Computer Interaction Master’s programs) and at other universities.

What students are saying about Interactive Multimedia and Design (IMD)


I chose the IMD program because I wanted to break into the visual effects industry without specializing right out of high school. Plus, I can receive a degree which most film schools can't provide. Carleton is one of the only universities in Canada with a program like this, which was enough reason for me to move from Vancouver. I’ve already spent 20 months working in a high end VFX studio and achieved my dream of making it into movie credits!
Taryn Laurendeau, IMD student