Computer Game Design (BS)

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If you're a gamer or a designer interested in 3D design and simulation, DSU will teach you how to do it. You'll learn the fundamental skills for video game design, development, and production. Come build a better game at DSU. DSU’s Computer Game Design major is offered on campus in state of the art learning spaces.

Benefits of studying computer game design at DSU

DSU’s computer game design program is one of the strongest in the nation. It is the only bachelor of science game design program in the state, and one of a few in the Upper Midwest region. Coursework is rigorous, including calculus and physics along with computer programming and visual design classes.

Check out this “Quantum Tunnel” video about out program, created by Denis Dyack, the chief creative officer of Quantum Entanglement Entertainment. The video explains some of the reasons why the program was recently ranked as a top game design school for 2018 in The Princeton Review.

At DSU, you will study the history of game design to develop a perspective on the field, studying digital and non-digital games. Our faculty builds on that foundation with hands-on experience as you develop your own games in project classes. DSU's game design students also integrate game mechanics, narrative, aesthetics and technology to craft interesting and effective player experiences. Choose electives to focus on an emphasis of your choice, including narrative design, software design or technical art.

Video games are a major industry, and one that is continually growing. Games are used for many things besides entertainment, with applications for simulations, training games, marketing, and education, to name a few. A DSU game design degree includes experience with interactive and multi-media software and digital media, giving you flexibility in this multi-faceted field, and in related jobs such as interaction design and software development.

Students learn how to function well as team members, and how to communicate effectively. This skill is evident through student accomplishments as winners of Gold and Platinum awards at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in game narrative reviews.

The program is housed in the specifically-designed computer game design suite in the newly constructed Beacom Institute of Technology. Outside the classroom, there are a number of student clubs and activities to join, including the Computer Club, the Gaming Club, Game Design Club, and E-Sports Club. Scholarships and grants are also available for computer game design majors. The department also hosts an annual Nanocon and IDiG and faculty and students participate in the annual Global Game Jam.

Possible job titles

Job titles and duties vary by genre and company organization and jobs change rapidly as new technology emerges.

Next steps

See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.

Schedule a campus visit to meet computer game design professors and students in the department and see the campus.

You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.