BA in Game Design and Development

By The Numbers

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Top International Program

Princeton Review has ranked our Game Design program among the top programs internationally

100%


Successful

Percentage of 2016 graduates who have jobs, are continuing their educations or are starting their own companies within 6 months of graduation. (Graduate Survey 2016)

Program Overview

As a game designer, your passion is key to your success in the fast-growing gaming industry. The skills you acquire will prepare you for a variety of careers in the industry and related fields. You could contribute to teams working on an MMORPG, design virtual reality experiences for theme parks, develop military training simulations, develop games for the rapidly expanding health care industry, or even revolutionize course delivery in schools.

Our game design and development degree provides hands-on experience building games through game labs, internships and research projects. Choose either the game art track, which focuses on structure and rules of games, or the game development track, where you create game features, such as characters, props and architecture. 

Through the QU in LA program, you can spend a semester interning at California companies such as Electronic Arts, Blizzard or Facebook. Our students have worked as counselors at iD Tech, a prestigious game design camp held at sites across the country, and our graduates have joined established leaders in entertainment, such as Sesame Workshop.

Center for Game Development (CGD) supports the continued development of select student and faculty games by providing financial support and resources during the summer and fosters a shared and continuing culture of technological know-how and innovation.

Careers

A degree in game design and development can position you for a career in a growing number of specialized and in-demand opportunities. Graduates can work in the gaming design, programming, animation and art direction and related specialties. Game design majors gain abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers.

Examples of careers for game design and development majors:

Game Design
  • Usability/Play testing
  • Level Design
  • Game Designer
  • Writier
Animation / Game Art 
  • Concept Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Animator
  • UI Artist
  • Art Director
  • Asset Design
  • Character Design
  • Charater Rigger
Other
  • Engine Programmer
  • Graphics Programmer
  • AI Programmer
  • Audio Programmer
  • Network Programmer
  • Sound Design
  • Programming for Game Play Design

Elena Bertozzi, PhD, Associate Professor of Game Design & Development, is receiving a $100,000 Gates Grant to design a game to help young people in India make family planning choices. She works with members of her team Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Designing global games

Elena Bertozzi, associate professor of game design & development, works with members of her team in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business on the Mount Carmel Campus.

World-Sized Classroom

Professor wins Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant

Elena Bertozzi, associate professor of game design and development at Quinnipiac, was awarded a $100,000 Global Grand Challenges Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems.

Bertozzi and Dr. Aparna Sridhar, of UCLA’s School of Medicine, designed an innovative method for understanding cultural norms that influence future family planning decisions in adolescents in Karnataka, India, using a game-like tool that collects information about childbearing intentions and family planning values. The data will be used to design more effective family planning educational materials in the future. 

The project team has completed phase one and are submitting an application for the next phase of the project, which would include an additional $1,000,000 grant to continue this work. A link to the project website is below.

“Leveraging the internet and the ubiquity of social games, we hope to demonstrate that intractable problems can be addressed through innovative uses of technology.”
Elena Bertozzi, associate professor of game design and development

In the action

Elena Bertozzi, PhD, Associate Professor of Game Design & Development, works with Chris Blake in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus. April 7, 2017

Student Profile

Working to play

Quinnipiac game design and development major Chris Blake shows Ben Longman how to play his game Friday, April 7, 2017.

Hands on learning

Game Design Major Chris Blake’s love for making games began as a child, when he’d create his own levels for iconic 3-D shooters like DOOM and Quake with his brother. Over time, Blake taught himself how to alter game code to create his own “mods,” and a high school course would later introduce him to Adobe Flash, on which he learned how to make simple games. 

Shortly after returning from the Army, Blake would make his first real attempt at designing his own game, releasing the Android-based Cave Run Kids in 2015, a simple but fun scrolling platform adventure game.

“It was a great learning experience, but I still didn't really know what I was doing,” Blake said. 

Blake, who was mostly self-taught, had never considered a formal education in game design until he found Quinnipiac’s program. His decision to enroll was an easy one. “It was really exciting to me that something I've always loved as a hobby could lead to a degree and a job,” he said.

While he has already developed an impressive portfolio of games, Blake credits his professors with teaching him that there is far more to being a successful game developer than just programming, and that the process is not a solitary one.

“Working as a team is one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned,” Blake said. “Making a game can be a huge undertaking, and if the team is not assembled and managed well, the product will fail.” Blake recently had the chance to be part of a team of Quinnipiac faculty members and students that designed a family planning simulator game for high school kids in rural and urban India. The project was an eye-opening experience for Blake, showing him that games can be used for far more than entertainment. 

Following graduation, he hopes to pursue making games that help people, especially veterans struggling with mental health issues.

“This is a field that has so much potential. As technology continues to develop, the ways in which games can help people will continue to grow.”
Chris Blake '18, Game Design and Development

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Game Design and Development Curriculum

It is recommended that students majoring in Game Design and Development pursue a minor or double major in a complementary discipline such as interactive digital design or computer science. Majors can elect to pursue internships and take electives that complement their interests in the field. Students choosing the game art track are encouraged to take art history courses.

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, students majoring in Game Design and Development must meet the following requirements for graduation:

Game Design & Development Core Requirements
GDD 101Introduction to Game Design3
GDD 110Introduction to Visual Design for Games3
GDD 140Creativity and Computation3
GDD 200Introduction to Game Development3
GDD 210Game Lab I: Team Projects3
GDD 211Game Lab II: Team Projects3
GDD 395Critical Game Studies Seminar (PL 395)3
or GDD 396 Games, Learning & Society
GDD 410Game Lab V: Team Projects (FVI 410)3
GDD 411Game Lab VI: Team Projects3
GDD 495Senior Project and Seminar I3
Game Design & Development Tracks
With the recommendation of the student’s adviser and/or the program director, students take two required and two elective courses from either the game design or game art track.6
Game Design Track Requirements:
GDD 201
Game Design I
GDD 301
Game Design II
Game Art Track Requirements:
GDD 202
Game Art I
GDD 302
Game Art II
Game Design & Game Art Track Electives
Select 6 credits of the following:6
GDD 102
Drawing for Animé, Games and Animation
GDD 201
Game Design I
GDD 202
Game Art I
GDD 250
Interactive Storytelling & Narrative
GDD 260
History of Video Games
GDD 301
Game Design II
GDD 302
Game Art II
GDD/EN 303
The Art of Audio Narrative (FVI 380 EN 303)
GDD 310
Game Lab III: Team
GDD 311
Game Lab IV: Team Projects
GDD 350
Board Game Design
GDD 370
Acting and Directing for Game Design
GDD 380
The Business of Games
GDD 402
Game Art III
GDD 405
Game Audio Design
GDD 399-GDD 499
Independent Study
GDD 290/390/490
Internship
A course from the following list can be taken to satisfy the GDD elective requirement: 1
CSC 110
Programming and Problem Solving
DR 220
Voice and Movement
DR 230
Directing for the Theater
ENT 290
Digital Businesses
IDD 110
Design Research and Methods
IDD 301
Motion Graphics I
MSS 231
Media and Society
MSS 345
Media Users and Audiences (WS 345)
Total Credits42
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Students wishing to take courses from the above list must complete any prerequisites required by individual departments/programs.

Elective substitutions are permitted with prior approval of the program director.

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