This minor delves into the practice of designing games—from basic board and card games to digital games, physical games and more. You’ll examine the theories behind game play, study the social effects of games, and understand the role of serious games for teaching and learning. You will learn fundamental principles and concepts, and develop specialized technical skills for designing games.
The program uses individual and team projects to examine different game genres, game mechanics and playability, sound, level and interface design. You will acquire the expertise to define and develop game concepts, use storyboarding to develop game mechanics and build the game assets. A unique feature of the program is the game lab where students come together in interdisciplinary teams to build game prototypes.