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Game Design & Development

Turn concepts into digital reality.

Not Just Fun & Games

From hand-held consoles to mobile apps, the game industry is evolving rapidly.

We’re all aware of the fun side of gaming, but it is so much more. From serious games for learning to training and simulation programs, you’ll find your niche in this ever-expanding digital reality.

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Game Design & Development

From business office to sound studio, there’s a major to match your passion in the game industry. Work with classmates from other game areas in our hands-on Game Studio Experience, allowing you to create fully functioning games alongside other majors, just like the pros do.

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Games are an under-appreciated form of media when it comes to being ‘meaningful,’ but I know firsthand that a good game can change the way you think about the world. That’s the kind of thing that I want to produce, and something that a number of classes have helped me improve with.
Milo Duclayan
Milo Duclayan ’25, Game Design // New York, NY

Median annual wage for special effects artists and animators, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

$321 Billion

Estimated worth of the gaming industry by 2026, according to PwC.


Projected job growth for software developers until 2032, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Career Options

From training pilots or gaming with a global community, consider these exciting careers in interactive media and game.

  • Capture Artist
  • Game Designer
  • Network Programmer
  • Merchandising
  • Research & Development Tech
  • User Interface Artist
  • 3D Modeling & Animation
  • Full Stack Engineer
  • Accessibility Developer
  • Network Programmer
  • Marketing Associate
  • Mobile Engineer

Career Outcomes

Before you can do your dream job, you have to land your dream job.

You’ll be assigned a Career Coach in your major. They’re not just mentors; they’re experts in their fields with connections to help you land relevant internships and jobs. Add that to your early hands-on experiences and a stacked portfolio of playable games, and you’re applying to jobs well ahead of the pack.

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Course Highlights

Learn by doing in our career-focused classes.

  • 3D Modeling
  • Artificial Intelligence for Games
  • Console Programming
  • Game Business Lifecycle
  • Game Engine Design & Implementation
  • Level Design
  • Sound Design for Interactivity & Game
I really enjoy how the game majors are formatted from semester to semester. Each fall semester is mostly individual work within your major and specializations…Then, all of the majors come together in the spring semester to work in teams for the Game Studio classes. This format really gives students time to learn and then apply themselves in a group setting with their new skills.
Evan Barker
Evan Barker, ‘22, Game Design // Simsbury, CT



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