Game Design, BS

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Communications Media
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In Short

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.

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Program Overview

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.

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Students build proficiencies with current software, platforms, hardware, 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.

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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.

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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.

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Experiential Opportunities and a Look Inside the Courses

Communications Media Internships


Internships are a great opportunity to get valuable, real-world experiences before entering a competitive job market.
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Visions is the juried honors showcase of the year's best original student work in the Communications Media Department. The entire campus and local community looks forward to this annual event, which consists of a gallery art exhibition, a film/video screening, and a presentation forum.
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Study Abroad

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 and academic programs.
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Virtual Reality Development

This course introduces students to virtual reality (VR) development, the principles and history of VR and VR systems, as well as how this rapidly advancing medium can be used in interactive and narrative entertainment, education and training, art and film creation, and other content areas.
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Elements of Game Design

Students try to re-envision/re-utilize old standby tabletop games like checkers, chess, and cards. Using the elements of these games as a launch point, students are tasked with creating a new game. 
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Other Courses and Events

Game design students get the opportunity to showcase their games and discuss their development in a post mortem at the end of the spring semester as well as other events throughout the year. 
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Curriculum and Other Information

The mission of the BS in Game Design is to educate students in professional concepts of game design and development, informed by a liberal arts and sciences education. Our major strives to produce strong game creators with lifelong, robust skill sets and the ability to create meaningful, thought-provoking games and related media that shape a rapidly evolving field; one that is both a powerful medium for creative expression and a means to address complex problems in their communities and beyond.

Game Design students will, through a combination of required courses and electives, be exposed to and attain competency in the following concepts, practices and skills:

  • Students will be able to create original games following game development best practices.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competency with industry-standard software and tools.
  • Students will be able to effectively collaborate on iterative team-based projects.
  • Students will be able to apply principles of game systems and programming.
  • Students will be able to apply visual art foundations and best practices to the creation of game art.
  • Students will be able to analyze games, design, and play from a variety of perspectives.
  • Game and level designers
  • Producers
  • Data managers
  • Production assistants
  • Interactive designers
  • Game analysts
  • Writers
  • Game artists
  • Programmers
  • Game localization positions
  • Quality assurance testers