Program of Study
The 120 credit Computer Game Design program enables students to focus on the artistic components of computer game design while providing them with the technical skills prerequisite to the field. Required courses include computer science, art and visual technology, music, the humanities, and computer game design. The required internship provides students with practical experience that enhances their employability postgraduation. Students study both the sciences and the arts, all in a revolving-role team-based, project-based new pedagogical environment. The GMU Computer Game Design program hosts 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.
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.
The B.F.A. in Computer Game Design requires 120 credits and, as is true of all baccalaureate degrees at George Mason, includes a significant component of general education courses. The curriculum is drawn from computer science, visual arts, digital arts, computer music, and a new gaming design area of study. This degree prepares students for employment in the computer gaming design and development field, within the commercial and federal sectors. This degree’s curriculum is 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 medium.
Students interested in the B.F.A. in Computer Game Design should select Game Design as their major on their application.
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The minor (18-19 credits) embodies the core components discovered in the larger game design field. It offers a core of foundational studies with intermediate and advanced course options in game animation, game sound and music, or game design and development. Students pursuing the minor will be able to participate in game program events, special activities, game design competitions, and in most projects hosted in the Computer Game Design Research Studio.
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George Mason University students can pursue a minor in “Sport and Computer Game Design.” The minor provides a combined, introductory look at both the sports and computer game industries. It’s the first major or minor of its kind, and brings together expert faculty from two of Mason’s highly regarded programs. Register for classes or talk to an advisor to learn how you can distinguish yourself with this exciting, new, and interdisciplinary course of study!
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