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Game Design and Development

Hampshire College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

Program description

Game Design and Development

Games are a part of nearly everyone's life, from sports and card games to board games and digital games.

One focus of our game design curriculum is to give students a foundation for further work in the field or outside it, by giving them opportunities to grow and strengthen their skills in teamwork, communication, iterative development, playtesting and user testing, storytelling, game programming, 2D and 3D art and animation, game design, audio design, entrepreneurship, and project management.

Because students at Hampshire have a great deal of freedom in designing their own courses of study, many game design and development students work with their peers and advisors to craft games of their own design. The courses are project-based and offer ample opportunities for students to work in interdisciplinary teams and develop games that will enhance their portfolios.

Program content

Sample First-Year Course

Introduction to Game Design

In this course, students will learn the fundamental concepts of game design and how they apply to games, any designed experience, and our daily lives. Students will be exposed to many different types of games and explore game design themes across genres. Students will also develop and hone personal game design skills through practice and more practice.

Frequent critiques will increase students' ability to give and receive thoughtful feedback, which is a key skill for game designers (and for life). Assignments are project-based and intended to provide both crucial practice of skills and useful additions to a portfolio.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • Game Development Workshop
  • Pixelbending
  • Women in Game Programming
  • Analog Game Design
  • The Art and Science of Digital Imaging
  • Computer Animation I, II, and III
  • Designing Treasure Hunts
  • Introduction to Game Programming
  • Introduction to Game Design
  • Interdisciplinary Game Project
  • Radical Innovation in Digital Arts

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees per semester: $25,500

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Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...

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Hampshire College

West Street
01002 Amherst Massachusetts
United States of America

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