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Michael Nitsche

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center
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Dr. Michael Nitsche joined the School of Literature, Media, and Communication in 2004, and formed the Digital World & Image Group DWIG ( shortly after. His research looks into digital spaces, where and how they intersect with physical environments. Combining video games, mobile technology, and digital performances, he experiments with borderline areas of digital and physical media. Michael holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Cambridge and researches digital virtual worlds as environments for dramatic engagement and human expression. His work combines theoretical analysis and practical experiments and his collaborations include work with the National Film and Television School London, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Turner Broadcasting, Alcatel Lucent, and others. He is author of Video Game Spaces: Image, Play, and Structure in 3D Worlds (MIT Press, 2009), and has published on Game Studies, virtual worlds, digital performance, games and film, and machinima in numerous publications. He directs the Graduate Program in Digital Media.

  • Ph.D. Cambridge University
  • M.Phil. Cambridge University
  • M.A. Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
Areas of
  • Craft
  • Digital Performance
  • Hybrid Space
  • Interaction Design
  • Locative Social Media
  • Machinima
  • Video Game Space


Research Fields:
  • Digital Media
  • Media Studies
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Creativity in Context
  • Digital and Mixed Media
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Media
  • Performance
  • Perspectives on technology


  • LCC-2730: Construct-Moving Image
  • LCC-3406: Video Production
  • LCC-3843: Spec Topic-Communication
  • LCC-6215: Media Studies
  • LCC-6312: Dsgn,Tech&Representation
  • LCC-6650: Project Studio
  • LCC-6800: Master's Project
  • LCC-8823: Spec Top-Game Dsgn&Analy
  • LMC-2730: Construct-Moving Image
  • LMC-3262: Performance Studies
  • LMC-3314: Tech of Representation
  • LMC-4600: Seminar Perform Studies
  • LMC-6213: Edu Applications New
  • LMC-6310: The Computer Expressive
  • LMC-6318: Experimental Media
  • LMC-6650: Project Studio
  • LMC-6800: DM MS Project Course