On September 27, 1996, the New York Times reported that USC had won $12.5 million in federal funding for an Engineering Research Center in multimedia and creative technologies from the National Science Foundation. The article notes that IMSC was established to foster cross-disciplinary programs of research, education and industry collaboration in the dynamic area of multimedia and creative technologies. In addition to major funding from the National Science Foundation, it receives support from USC.
IMSC offers an unusual opportunity for USC students to participate in collaborative cross-disciplinary research in the area of multimedia and creative technologies. Approximately 40 undergraduate and 160 graduate students and 35 faculty are active participants in center activities
The educational programs fostered by IMSC are embedded in the university curriculum in the following forms: Engineering undergraduate students may enroll in a minor in Multimedia and Creative Technology, and a minor in Interactive Multimedia is available for non-engineering undergraduate students. New Master