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overviewImageThe Computer Game Design Program at Mason is one of the most transformational areas of study in higher education today. Students study both the sciences and the arts, all in a revolving-role team-based, project-based new pedagogical environment. The Computer Game Design Program hosts a BFA undergraduate degree, a future graduate MA degree (pending SCHEV approval), several minors with sports management and business, and multiple international exchange partnerships. We also host the only U.S. Serious Game Institute (in partnership with the University of Coventry U.K.), that concentrates on game-related applied research and new innovative game company cultivation.  




Graduate Computer Game Design Courses offered now!




Although the full Masters of Arts degree in Computer Game Design will officially be offered Fall 2014, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is offering four graduate computer game design courses each semester during the 2013/14 academic year. These courses will be offered under the CVPA heading, and will be fully transferable, up to a total of 12-credits, into the MA degree program starting the Fall 2014 semester.


Fall 2013 Computer Game Design Graduate Courses:






Apply for a direct exchange to the University of Abertay-Dundee, the first university in the world to offer a degree in Computer Game Design. Semester or year-long studies are offered. 12-16 transfer credits per semester in a variety of disciplines (courses in foreign languages available). For more information: click here.





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Fairfax County Fire Department and GMU Game Design team up to make a fire training simulator!


GMU Game Design graduates and interns collaborate with Fairfax County Fire Department firefighters and commanding officers to create a simulator to aid in their training and assessing process. We'll keep you posted on the progress via the I.V.I.S. page






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Simulation and Game Institute Opens on the Prince William Campus!


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ESA Foundation Scholarships Available!


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ESA Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our 2014-5 Computer and Video Game Scholarship. As part of ESA Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of America’s youth through computer and video game technology, we offer 30 scholarship awards up to $3,000 each year to outstanding minority high school seniors and current college students who are pursuing careers in computer and video game arts. For more information about eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit our website. Applications are open from now until May 1, 2014.




Congratulations to the first Computer Game Design undergraduate class-2013!






University President Ángel Cabrera Visits SGI


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Thank you to President Ángel Cabrera for taking the time to visit the Simulation and Game Institute on the Prince William Campus.






Don't just play games, start creating them! Computer Game Design is one of the fastest growing fields of study that incorporates computer technology, visual arts, and music with creative & critical thinking and problem solving skills. Your adventure begins here! Learn the fundamentals of designing a computer game for your computer or your phone. From there, you can "level up" with creating apps, game modding, game art/animation, and more!






Applicants to the BFA in Computer Game Design program are strongly encouraged to attend one of our program open houses. These events will allow students to meet faculty and students in our program and participate in activities related to game design and portfolio development. Students are encouraged to bring whatever work they already have completed in the form of a web portfolio.


NOTE: Students who are unable to attend an open house are still able to apply for and join the major.***

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