Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Digital Media

The Digital Media PhD was inaugurated in fall 2004 and is one of the first of its kind worldwide. The program educates research-oriented theorists/practitioners who bring the traditions of the humanities and arts to the design of digital media. The program provides the theoretical and practical foundations for research and leadership careers in academia and industry, critically engaging with the design, use, and role of digital media in culture.
Graduates of the program are prepared to work in industry, public service, and universities, shaping the emerging digital genres and expanding our understanding and mastery of the representational power of the computer.

The PhD program accepts 3-5 new candidates each year.


Program Requirements for the Ph.D. in Digital Media

Curriculum and Course of Study

Students will take 60 graduate credits from the following categories:

Foundational and Required Courses (36 credits)

The core curriculum is designed to cover three fundamental areas:
(1) critical history, theory, and practice of using of computing technologies for expressive purposes
(2) advanced principles of interaction design
(3) applied research methods in digital media

Bolded courses are not open to waiver or substitution. Other courses may be substituted with equivalent previous work or alternate courses. Students should consult their advisors and the Director of Graduate Studies to determine the appropriate individual course of study.

  1. LMC 6310 The Computer as an Expressive Medium (3 credits)
  2. LMC 6313 Principles of Interactive Design (3 credits)
  3. LMC 6316 Historical Approaches to New Media (3 credits)
  4. LMC 6399 Discovery & Invention (3 credits)
  5. LMC 6650 Project Studio (3 credits) x2
  6. LMC 6800 Master’s Project OR LMC 7000 Master’s Thesis (6 credits)
  7. LMC 8000 Pro-Seminar I (3 credits)
  8. LMC 8001 Pro-Seminar II (3 credits)
  9. LMC 9000 Doctoral Dissertation (6 credits)


Required Minor Concentration (9 credits):
Three related courses outside of the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. These courses may be in other Schools of the Ivan Allen College, or in colleges or interdisciplinary fields of the Institute.

Examples of a minor concentration in Computer Science:

CS 6750 Introduction to Human Computer Interaction (3 credits)
CS 6460 Foundations of Educational Technology (3 credits)
CS 6470 Online Communities (3 credits)

This requirement must be certified by filing a form signed by the DGS with the Georgia Tech graduate office. The form is available online at


Elective Courses (15 hours)

  1. LMC 6311 Visual Culture and Design (3 credits)
  2. LMC 6312 Design, Technology, and Representation (3 credits)
  3. LMC 6314 Design of Networked Media (3 credits)
  4. LMC 6315 Project Production (3 credits)
  5. LMC 6317 Interactive Fiction (3 credits)
  6. LMC 6318 Experimental Media (3 credits)
  7. LMC 6319 Intellectual Property Policy and Law (3 credits)
  8. LMC 6213 Educational Applications of New Media (3 credits)
  9. LMC 6215 Issues in Media Studies (3 credits)
  10. LMC 6320 Globalization and New Media (3 credits)
  11. LMC 6321 Architecture of Responsive Spaces (3 credits)
  12. LMC 6650 Project Studio (repeatable) (3 credits)
  13. LMC 7999 Preparation for Qualifying Examination (variable credit)
  14. LMC 8803 Special Topics (repeatable) (3 credits)
  15. LMC 8813 Advanced Issues in Interactive Narrative (repeatable) (3 credits)
  16. LMC 8823 Special Topics in Game Design (repeatable) (3 credits)
  17. LMC 8930 Special Problems (repeatable) (3 credits)
  18. LMC 8831 Special Topics in Technologies of Representation (repeatable) (3 credits)
  19. LMC 8999 Preparation for Doctoral Dissertation


Elective courses from other academic units may be substituted with approval of the DGS.

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