The Emerging Media major is an exciting mix of classes in media production and design, new media economics, user interface design, computer science, and specific applications such as video games, e-learning, virtual/augmented reality, 2D and 3D animation, and virtual collaboration. Beyond mastering the skills necessary to work with both communications and technology, students learn to critique and analyze the place of emerging media in modern culture.

You'll work in teams that replicate the kind of collaborative environments you'll find in the new media industry - with designers, coders, media producers, and individuals who specialize in analyzing and pitching to potential investors and new markets. Our students intern and take jobs in leading media companies such as Twitter, MRY, 3Day Startup, and TrueChoice Solutions, they go on to prestigious graduate schools in programs to study topics like AI and learning, and they start their own companies right out of school, like Zufall Communications, a systems integrator and technology consulting firm based in Pittsburgh, PA.

We bring leading thinkers and doers who are pioneering new media technologies and strategies to campus, such as representatives recruiting our students to intern at Google Creative Lab (where we have 2 alumni) , Ed Rivera, an investor and executive in music and new media, and Elspeth Rountree, Engagement Editor at Vox Creative who created the popular and pioneering websites Know Your Meme and Rocketboom just a few years after leaving Ithaca College. Elspeth (Ellie) was listed as one of the “25 Need-To-Know Bloggers” by and a “2009 Silicon Alley Insider 100”.

We also take our students to where the action is happening in the media revolution. This January, we sent two students and two professors to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas where they were able to hear leading speakers introduce and predict innovations in consumer goods. We've also paid for an emerging media student to travel to Turin, Italy where he presented a research paper with his professor.

Emerging Media senior Elena Piech at the CES show in Las Vegas getting a demo of Google's latest tech
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Bridget Strawn Emerging Media '17

Bridget Strawn graduated in 2017 with a major in Emerging Media and minors in Communication Management & Design and Web Programming. She landed a job even before she graduated with Adidas at their headquarters in Germany where she implemented automated testing of order management systems. Within a year, she was recruited to be a Community Manager at MRY, a creative agency in NYC where she works on the Unilever accounts.

Her Emerging Media Project team created an app called Self Checkout, which empowers individuals to manage their own mental wellness. While on campus she worked as a paid social media intern with the college's communications team.