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"As I see it, technology has built the house in which we all live. The house is continually being extended and remodelled. More and more of human life takes place within its walls, so that today there is hardly any human activity that does not occur within this house. All are affected by the design of the house, by the division of its space, by the location of its doors and walls. Compared to people in earlier times, we rarely have a chance to live outside this house. And the house is still changing; it is still being built as well as being demolished". 

— Dr. Ursula Franklin, The Real World of Technology

Integrated Media is an innovative digital and time-based area that encourages an interdisciplinary exploration of media practices. Students are asked to question how they position themselves in the world in relation to technology. The Integrated Media program examines the role that technology plays in our culture and emphasizes our need for critical engagement. Students are exposed to a wide range of media practices that include film, video, robotics, electronics, performance, web, installation, interactivity, animation and audio. Students graduate from the program as independent thinkers and practitioners. Our graduates have gone on to careers as media artists, curators and theorists, practitioners in the film and television industries, as well as to graduate schools and international and local residency programs.

At the 400 level, students must choose between Thesis and Directed Studio options. Both options lead to a BFA in Integrated Media.

Thesis Option:
Students work with a thesis panel to research, produce and present a coherent body of work that is of professional exhibition quality. Research and presentation development processes offer students an opportunity to work comprehensively on their skills in new media arts. In a supporting text, students are required to contextualize their artworks with reference to historical and contemporary issues. Enrollment in the Thesis stream will be limited; please register early.

Directed Studio Option:
In the Directed Studio option, students pursue multiple projects and refine their technical skills and conceptual understanding of new media art in the context of assigned and elective course work, as outlined in the program guide. This option allows students breadth and flexibility in how they approach the final year of their studies.  

Equipment and Facilities Access
Students have access to equipment and facilities for specified production courses only. Access is limited to the duration of a student’s enrollment in that course and is subject to the rules and regulations as outlined in the Integrated Media Policies Handbook. Corequisites are recommended for specific courses where technical instruction on equipment is not provided. INTM Thesis students have access to equipment and facilities based on prior levels of learning and/or concurrent enrollment. Materials fees apply to certain Integrated Media courses.

Note: Students in Integrated Media are required to purchase their own external hard drives in order to transfer and store their digital media.

Integrated Media Program Guide

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree students must complete the requirements listed below, including 5.0 liberal studies credits. 

Associate of OCAD University (AOCAD) diploma students must complete the requirements listed below, substituting 1.0 credit Faculty of Art electives for 1.0 credit of the upper year liberal studies requirements. Diploma students admitted to OCAD U 2002 fall/winter or earlier may replace up to 1.5 of the required liberal studies credits with Faculty of Art studio/seminar courses. Liberal studies courses are listed under the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated course type LST in the course schedule.

See the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences for an outline of the liberal studies degree and diploma requirements.

200 Level Requirements

INTM 2B22 Contemporary Issues: Art Today 0.5
INTM 2B34 * Hybrid Media Lab 0.5
200 Level INTM courses 2.0
200 Level Faculty of Art electives** 0.5
VISM 2B09 History of New Media 0.5

Liberal studies courses*** 1.0
Total Credits 5.0
300 Level Requirements
INTM 3B39 Media Research Projects 0.5
INTM 3B49 Integrated Media Studio: Practice & Critique 0.5
300 Level INTM courses 2.0
200 or 300 Level Faculty of Art electives** 1.0

Liberal studies courses*** 1.0
Total Credits 5.0
DIGF 3B01 Networked Communities & Environments (not offered 2012/2013)
PHOT 3B16 Light & Shadow
400 Level Requirements Toward a Thesis Major
INTM 4C01 INTM Studio Thesis: Research 1.0
INTM 4C02 INTM Studio Thesis: Presentation 1.0
400 Level INTM courses  1.0
200, 300 or 400 Level Faculty of Art electives** 1.0

Liberal studies courses*** 1.0
Total Credits
 400 Level Requirements Toward a Directed Studio Major
Required Courses:           
INTM 4B25 Managing Production (Fall Semester)  0.5
INTM 4B16 Art, Science & Nature (Winter Semester)  0.5
Choose TWO of the following:   1.0
INTM 4B10 Media Installation  
INTM 4B14 Sound Interactions  
INTM 4B20 Co-lab    (not offered 2012-2013)
INTM 4B21 Documentation Practices (not offered 2012-2013)  
INTM 4B22      Narrative Practices   
400 Level INTM courses  1.0
200, 300 or 400 Level Faculty of Art electives**  1.0

Liberal studies courses***  1.0
Total Credits

* Students enrolled in INTM 2B34 Hybrid Media Lab and INTM 2B29 Video for Artists I must register for the corresponding labs that are linked to those courses.

* An elective may be any course offered by the Faculty of Art (CRCP, DRPT, FABR, INTM, PHOT, PRNT, SCIN), or Interdisciplinary Studies course offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences (INTR, DIGF and BUSI), as well as Material Art & Design courses (MAAD). MAAD courses may replace up to a maximum of 1.5 credits of electives.

**Liberal studies courses (ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, SOSC, VISA, VISC, VISD, VISM) are listed under the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated course type LST in the course schedule.

Eligibility to Graduate

Please note that students are eligible to graduate if they:
• Have fulfilled all program requirements.
• Are in good academic standing. (Students who attempt 2.0 credits or more in an academic year and earn an average of 60% or higher in those credits are in satisfactory academic standing.)
• Have an overall average of 60% or higher.
• Have an average of at least 65% in designated courses of their major/program (Faculty of Design only).
• Have no outstanding accounts at the University.

All Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences liberal studies courses are available to Faculty of Art students and a wide range of study is encouraged. Integrated Media students who are seeking liberal studies courses to deepen their disciplinary knowledge may be interested in the following (not all courses are offered every year):


VISA 2B07       History of Modern Art  
VISA 2B08   Introduction to Film Studies
VISM 3B18  Television Criticism
VISM 3B23   Technology and Digital Culture  
VISA 4B02   Performance and Performativity  
Media, Message and the Cultural Landscape: Introduction to Communication Studies
VISM 4B03   Contemporary Documentary Media  
VISM 4B05   Future Cinema: Digital Narratives
(not offered 2012-2013)
VISM 4B06   Global Mesh: Internet, Networks, Globalization and Digital Resistance  
VISM 4B07   Images and Practices of Technology
(not offered 2012-2013)

Integrated Media Majors interested in object-making or installation practices should consider Faculty of Art electives in the Sculpture/Installation program, including the following:

SCIN 2B01  Intermedia Studio: Body & Object
SCIN 2B07   Sculpture: Language of Materials
SCIN 3B04  Sculpture Studio: How Objects Work
SCIN 3B08   Intermedia Studio: Problems in Visual Language I
SCIN 4B04  Special Focus Studio: The Immaterial & Material

Students declaring a Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences or Interdisciplinary Studies minor are strongly urged to complete the full complement of studio courses for their major, including all studio electives.


Last Modified:12/18/2012 10:55:44 AM