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Game Design

Academics . Game Design . Overview

Game Design

In CIA’s Game Design major, you’ll develop incredible game experiences and build the foundation for a career in game design and art- and media-related industries. Our students work with innovative production processes including 3D modeling, animation, programming, visual design, audio, interactive storytelling, and game production, as well as theory, criticism, and context of video game culture and digital media. While creating interesting and usable content, you’ll build character development skills through coursework that analyzes and synthesizes physical, cognitive, cultural, and political aspects of human interaction.

As a Game Design student, you will:

  • Improve your character development abilities
  • Master the use of rule design, play mechanics, and social game interaction
  • Integrate visual, audio, tactile, and textual elements into a total game experience
  • Create both linear and non-linear media by applying post-production techniques

Additionally, you will learn how to create 3D modeling digital visualizations that use processing, organic and inorganic modeling, construction of compound objects, 3D primitive construction and modeling, and resolution and tessellation of 3D objects and formats.

Collaboration is a vital aspect of the studio experience at CIA. As a Game Design major in the college’s Integrated Media Environment, you will be part of our digital arts student community and take core courses with students from other majors in the Environment. This regular exchange between students with differing perspectives and techniques helps build team skills integral to brainstorming, character design, narrative ideas, production, and presenting and critiquing project outcomes. Moreover, you will be mentored by our extremely talented faculty. Accomplished experts in digital media and game design, they will help you build connections and network with other professionals in the field.

Real-world experience for real-world careers
What may best set CIA apart from other colleges of art and design is its commitment to engaged practice. CIA’s Engaged Practice provides you opportunities to learn through experience by working on real-world projects with external partners or clients, or in the public sphere—all before graduation.

These opportunities allow you to put your classroom and studio knowledge to work in a professional setting while still being guided by faculty. You’ll learn what it takes to meet clients’ expectations, and you will emerge with confidence that will serve you as you launch your career.

Major Application
Art and design education is structured to prepare students for the challenges of competition that define a career in the art and design fields. Consistent with that value, CIA students begin their major focus with an application process that is competitive. Students apply to majors in the spring semester of their Foundation year.

What can I do with a degree in Game Design?

  • Animator
  • Layout Artist
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Game Designer
  • Storyboard Artist
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While at CIA, you'll learn from the masters through our rigorous, world-class curriculum and connect with working professionals to begin your career.