BA in Game Design and Development

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 design 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.

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
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

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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