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.

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All PhD programs must incorporate a standard set of Requirements for the Doctoral Degree.

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
Foundational and Required Courses
LMC 6310The Computer as an "Expressive Medium"3
LMC 6313Principles of Interaction Design3
LMC 6316Historical Approaches to Digital Media3
LMC 6399Discovery & Invention3
LMC 6650Project Studio (repeat 2 times) 16
LMC 6800Digital Media Master's Project6
or LMC 7000 Digital Media Master's Thesis
LMC 8000Proseminar in Media Theory 13
LMC 8001Proseminar in Digital Media Studies 13
LMC 9000Doctoral dissertation in Digital Media 16
Minor Concentration
Minor Concentration 2,39
Select five of the following: 415
Visual Culture and Design
Design, Technology & Representation
Design of Networked Media
Product Production
Interactive Narrative/Fiction
Experimental Media
Intellectural Property Policy and Law
Edu Applications New
Issues in Media Studies
Globalization and New Media
Architecture of Responsive Spaces
Project Studio
PhD Qualifying Prep (variable credit)
Special Topics in Digital Media (repeatable)
Advanced Issues in Interactive Narrative (repeatable)
Special Topics in Game Design and Analysis
Special Problems in Human-Computer Interaction
Special Topics in Technologies of Representation (repeatable)
PhD Doctoral Prep
Total Credit Hours60

These 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.


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, CS 6460, CS 6470.


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