IGI: Interactive, Gaming and Immersive Media

April 7, 2021

2:00 P.M. (PST)

Live online discussion via Zoom

LMU’s new Interactive, Gaming, and Immersive Media, is known informally as IGI or Iggy, named after our institution's founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. It formalizes a longstanding collaboration between the College of Science & Engineering (CSE) and the School of Film & Television (SFTV).  

This minor is an interdisciplinary alliance that reveals how technical and creative disciplines can greatly enrich each other. It combines the existing courses to create a holistic experience encompassing programming, video games, animation, analysis, writing, knowledge representation, and worldbuilding. This is the culmination of years of student and faculty interactions between CSE and SFTV.

Join us for an hour-long discussion that will offer insights from two of the program’s founders, Prof. Tom Klein and Dr. Ray Toal.

The event was recorded and is available for viewing below.


Photo by Jessica Yamada'19, ANIM major/CMSI minor


I.G.I. Video Panel Discussion


Tom Klein

Tom Klein is Professor of Animation, serving as chair of the department from 2013 to 2020, within LMU’s School of Film and Television. His work as a film historian has been written about in The New York Times and his chapter on the influence of games on cinema appears in Animated Landscapes: History, Form, and Function, published by Bloomsbury. He is formerly a Director of Animation at Knowledge Adventure, the educational software division of Vivendi-Universal Games. He was also a consultant for Universal Cartoon Studios during the productions of Woody Woodpecker (FoxKids) and From the Earth to the Moon (HBO). He is the game designer of the app Pirate Ring for iOS.

Ray Toal

Ray Toal is Professor of Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he has been teaching since 1986 and is currently serving as chair of the department. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1993 in semantics, with minors in theoretical computer science and database systems. His current research interests are in programming language design, compilers, APIs, and large scale infrastructure. He has consulted for a number of companies in the Los Angeles area, including Citysearch/CityGrid, Medaxis, Friendbuy, Handmade Mobile, M-GO, Criteo, and Special X. Ray has authored three books on programming languages and has been involved with projects at the Human Advancement Research Community (HARC).