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BA in Game Design & Development

Quinnipiac University
Program overview
For more information about duration, please contact the University.
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
24 January 2022

03 May 2022

11 July 2022
BA in Game Design & Development

Program description

BA Game Design and Development

  • Whether you grew up creating worlds in Minecraft or hoping to work on the next Mario or League of Legends, the game design and development program is a stepping-stone into the exciting field of game design and its many applications, including entertainment, education, medicine, virtual reality, esports and more.
  • As a game designer, passion is your key to success in the fast-growing and fast-paced gaming industry. The skills you acquire will prepare you for a variety of fulfilling careers. You could design virtual reality experiences for theme parks, develop military training simulations, create games for the health care industry or even revolutionize course delivery in schools.
  • Our game design and development program offers hands-on experience with game labs, research projects and internships. All students take core classes in the major and choose concentrations that allow them to focus on their skills and interests. Our concentrations include programming, technology, design process, art, game studies, game writing, business and audio. We encourage and support double majors with programs such as computer science and theater.

Admission requirements

  • High school transcript
  • A personal essay on a topic of particular meaning and interest to you that tells us who you are and speaks to your values, goals and aspirations as a student
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or someone who can reflect on your dedication and work ethic
  • 4 years of English
  • 3+ years of mathematics
  • 3+ years of science
  • 2 years of social science and foreign language
  • 3 academic electives

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Game Design & Development Core Requirements

  • Introduction to Game Design
  • Introduction to Visual Design for Games
  • Creativity and Computation
  • Introduction to Game Development
  • Professionalism Practice for Game Design
  • Game Lab I: Team Projects
  • Game Lab II: Team Projects
  • Game Lab IV: Team Projects 3
  • Internship
  • Game Lab V: Team Projects
  • Game Lab VI: Team Projects
  • Senior Project and Seminar I


  • Game Design Tools and Processes
  • Game Lab III: Team
  • VR/AR Development for Games
  • Advanced Topics in Game Development


  • Drawing for Games and Animation
  • Game Art I
  • Game Art II
  • Game Art III

Game Studies

  • History of Video Games
  • Critical Game Studies Seminar
  • Games, Learning & Society
  • Media and Society
  • Media Users and Audiences


  • eSports Management
  • The Business of Games
  • Creating Digital Businesses
  • Creativity and Innovation


  • Playwriting I
  • Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
  • Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • Advanced Fiction-Writing Workshop
  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  • The Art of Audio Narrative
  • Screenwriting
  • Interactive Storytelling and Narrative


  • Game Audio Design
  • Digital Music Composition for Games
  • The Art of Audio Narrative
  • Design Process
  • Special Topics in Game Design
  • Game Design Tools and Processes
  • Board Game Design
  • Acting and Directing for Game Design
  • Design Research and Methods


  • Data Structures and Abstraction
  • Advanced Topics in Game Development
  • Object-Oriented Design and Programming
  • Introduction to Software Development

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the University website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees: $48,680

Career opportunities


A degree in game design and development can position you for a growing number of specialized and in-demand opportunities. Graduates can work in the gaming design, programming, animation and art direction and related specialties. Game design majors gain abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers.

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Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational university made up of approximately 7,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students from over 60 countries. With a mission to build the University of the Future, Quinnipiac offers 150 programs and counting that will prepare...

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Why study at Quinnipiac University

Bring us your ambition. We will help you unleash it. At Quinnipiac, you will find the academic excellence and individualized support needed to thrive in today's global marketplace. Our nationally recognized programs rank among the best in the country while our small class sizes allow you to form deep connections with your classmates and professors.

We are home to nine unique schools ranging from business and engineering, to education and nursing. We are also among the 2.1% of schools in the United States who are home to a School of Medicine and Law. This diversity allows you to engage in interprofessional collaboration and gain a holistic perspective on your field of study, leaving you better prepared for real-world scenarios. It is part of why Quinnipiac has been ranked as the #1 school for job placement in the United States for three straight years.

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Quinnipiac University

275 Mt Carmel Ave
06518 Hamden CT
United States of America (USA)

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