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Minor in Game Design and Development

Minor Overview

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.

Curriculum and Requirements

This game design and development minor focuses on the meaningful application of game technologies beyond commercial entertainment by addressing serious topics in health care and education, including STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) initiatives. Students receive a solid foundation in fundamental arts principles and concepts, and develop specialized technical skills and competence in game design. A minor may be combined with any major inside or outside the College of Arts and Sciences, complementing majors or minors in other disciplines on campus (18 credits).

Course Structure

Minor Core Requirements

GDD 101

Introduction to Game Deisgn


GDD 110

Introduction to Visual Design for Games


GDD 200

Introduction to Game Development


GDD 210

Game Lab I: Team Projects


GDD 211

Game Lab II: Team Projects


Minor Electives

Course selection

Select at least one course from the following list in consultation with the program director.  Minors are encouraged to take additional courses as free electives
outside their major at the 300-400 level. 1


GDD 310

Game Lab III: Team

GDD 311

Game Lab IV: Team Projects

GDD 395

Critical Game Studies Seminar (PL 395)

GDD 396

Games, Learning & Society

GDD 495

Senior Project and Seminar I

Total Credits


1 Substitutions to this list are permitted with prior approval of the program director.