Computer Game Design

The 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, 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.

Mission:

The Mission of the Computer Game Design Program at George Mason University is to prepare students for employment and further study in the computer game design and development field, doing so with a curriculum designed to reflect the gaming industry’s demand for an academically rigorous technical program coupled with an understanding of the artistic and creative elements of the evolving field of study.

Majors

Minors

Full-Time Faculty (1 tenured, 4 term) 3-4 or 4-4 course teaching load

Adjunct Faculty 2-2 course teaching load

Administrative Faculty 1-2 course teaching load

Classified Staff

Auxilary

* Executive Advisory Board

(35 Members from regional business leaders, trade groups, state elected officials, and Mason BOV members)

* International Partnership Agreement

Student and faculty exchange, research partnership with the University of Abertay Dundee Scotland, MOU signed April 23, 2012

* International: Serious Games Institute Research Center (SGI @ Mason)

Partnered with Coventry University UK, and MDA Singapore. MOU Signed July 23rd, 2012. The Virginia Serious Game Institute is a new model for industrial/higher education partnerships, combining advanced research with business incubation, digital media clustering and sophisticated networking, and training and demonstration facilities.

* Game Analysis and Design Interest Group (GADIG) Student Club

70 student members from across Mason meet monthly to discuss and develop leading-edge games.

* ‘Writing for Games’ National Conference

Funded by the Whitfield Foundation, the inaugural ‘Writing for Games’ Conference, April 17th, 2012 featured nationally known game writers and teachers from around the nation, and resulted in over 200 registered attendees.

Corporate Partners

Beck Foundation
Whitfield Foundation
Microsoft Game Studios
Microsoft Store
Bethesda Softworks
Electronic Arts- BioWare/Mythic
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Applied Physics Lab (APL) – Johns Hopkins University
Century Council
Prince William Economic Development Authority
John Marshall Bank
InfoReliance Corp.
Jaka Consulting
Sandy Spring Bank
British Council
ModusCreate Inc.

Current Research

Office of the Attorney General of Virginia

Gang Prevention Mobile Games Projects 2012

Century Council

Underage Drinking Education Mobile Games Applications Development 2012/13

Serious Games Institute (SGI) Founding 2012- Ongoing

Multiple Mason and Corporate Partners

Kaufman Foundation Proposal

A student – mentor approach to cooperation in competitive global markets: Using the Global Mindset Inventory and Games

E-mail: mbean3@gmu.edu
Phone: (703) 993-5734

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