New Economy Academics

At AIMS, we believe the space where creativity, design, technology and business intersect will continue to experience extraordinary growth in the coming decades. Traditional academic models are poorly equipped to adjust to the rapidly shifting landscape created by disruptive and emerging technologies. That’s why AIMS takes a fundamentally different approach to higher education.

We believe in being student-centered with a high level of touchpoints with the evolving industry. Our project-based vision enables students to develop high-quality portfolios and case studies while forming their professional network with dynamic industry professionals. All the while, our institution's commitment to a liberal education ensures that AIMS students are becoming well-rounded global citizens who are able to surf on the edge of tomorrow and engage in rich, meaningful work upon graduation.

AIMS also takes tremendous pride in our “out of the classroom box” experiences where students are embedded in industry for hands-on apprenticeship with industry professionals as well as engaged in cutting-edge research with our elite faculty.

Majors and Co-Majors

IMS Major A student writes on a whiteboard as classmates look on


The BA in Interactive Media Studies is an interdisciplinary major that is designed to complement traditional disciplinary-focused liberal education content. Advanced track “concentrations” within the major allow students to focus their experience on a particular area of interactive media.

IMS Co-Major AIMS students work at a computer with glasses and styluses


Co-Majors at Miami University are specifically designed to complement an existing major. The IMS Co-Major includes courses that span the breadth of Miami University’s offerings. Advanced track “concentrations” allow students to focus their experience on a particular area of interactive media.


IMS Minor Students in a design thinking class play a game


The IMS minor introduces students to digital media and allows them to examine their chosen major from a new perspective. It also provides a framework for integrating a broad understanding of interactive media balanced with a more specific focus on disciplinary tracks. These tracks include art/design, business, humanities, and a self-designed option.

Digital Game Studies Minor Game students collaborate at laptops


The cross-disciplinary Digital Game Studies minor offers a series of courses on digital game design, analysis, and application. Students are introduced to the foundations of game design and implementation, the design of art assets for digital games, developing critical and cultural understandings of digital games, and the relationship of digital games to important trends in learning and literacy.

Graduate Studies

AIMS has partnered with the Communication Design department to offer a Masters in Fine Arts in Experience Design (xdMFA). The Miami University xdMFA stands at the intersection of design and technology. It is specifically designed to help designers expand their understanding of technology and for technologists to better understand design.

IMS Graduate Certificate A notebook with sketch is open in front of a laptop computer


AIMS offers a Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media Studies, as well as executive education workshops in a variety of topics essential to business professionals, including social media marketing, digital branding, interactive business communications, and design thinking. The program emphasizes multidisciplinary thinking, organizational problem-solving, research and inquiry, creative production and design, and communication skills.