Game Design

Program Overview

The Major in Game Design – the first of its kind in a public institution in the Northeast – seeks to make the methods and tools of game design and development accessible to everyone. We strive to produce strong game creators with robust skill sets, able to work independently or in productive teams to create powerful, thought-provoking games with solid gameplay mechanics, unified aesthetics, and engaging stories.

Students learn core concepts of game design, foundations of visual art, and fundamentals of game logic and programming. They learn to design games by creative brainstorming, problem-solving, iterating, and focusing on the player. They learn to develop artistic concepts into fully realized 2D and 3D art assets based on solid research and art foundations.

Professor Jeff Warmouth with Game Design students

Students build proficiencies with current software, platforms, hardware, and programming languages, and anticipate learning new tools as needed. They are eager to explore the problems and possibilities inherent in new platforms including mobile, VR, augmented reality, or tools not yet imagined.

Students learn to consider games through historical, social, aesthetic, and theoretical lenses, and to develop a sense of civic and global responsibility through the study and practice of serious games. They transcend aesthetic, formal, mechanical, and convention limitations to design excellent games with personal vision.

Students develop skills in managing time, resources, and personalities by working towards a common goal with their production teams. They learn to manage, playtest, critique, troubleshoot, and release game projects that create memorable experiences for players. And they promote their achievements in order to expand opportunities for their games and themselves.

Students also work beyond the traditional classroom. Opportunities include study abroad programs, professional capstone projects, and internships. In Spring 2016, eighteen Game Design students traveled to Japan to visit game studios & academic programs.

Career Opportunities

Students completing the program will be prepared for a broad array of careers within the game industry including game and level designers, producers, data managers, production assistants, interaction designers, game analysts, writers, game artists, programmers, game localization positions and quality assurance testers. Graduates have the opportunity to continue study on the graduate level in the M.S. in Applied Communication program.

Coursework at a Glance

  • COMM 1105 - Intro to Comm & Media Studies
  • GAME 2000 - Elements of Game Design
  • GAME 2200 - Introduction to Game Art
  • GAME 2300 - Game Design Workshop
  • GAME 3030 - Game Level Design
  • GAME 3060 - 3D Game Development
  • GAME 3500 - Advanced Game Workshop
  • GAME 4000 - Game Studies Seminar

Game Design Electives

  • GAME 3050 - Serious Games
  • GAME 3070 - 3D Modeling
  • GAME 3080 - 3D Animation
  • GAME 3510 - Contemporary Issues in Games
  • COMM 3304 - Interactive Media Project Design

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