In CIA's Game Design major, you'll develop gaming experiences and build the foundation for a career in game design in art- and media-related industries. Our students work with innovative production processes including 3D modeling, animation, programming, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), visual design, audio, interactive storytelling and game production.
You'll learn the techniques while understanding the theory, criticism and context of video game culture and digital media. While creating interesting and usable content, you'll build character and level development skills with an understanding of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and political aspects of human interaction.
As a Game Design student, you will:
Collaboration is a vital aspect of the studio experience at CIA. As a Game Design major, you will be part of our digital arts student community and take core courses with students from other digital arts majors. This ongoing exchange between students with differing perspectives and techniques helps build team skills necessary for effective brainstorming, efficient production pipelines, and strong communication skills.
You will be mentored by our talented faculty with extensive industry experience in gaming and interactive companies. Accomplished alumni will help you build connections and network with other professionals in the field.
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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.