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Video Game Design Minor
  • Student to faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1

Video Game Design

Gain experience in a rapidly growing industry and explore the many facets of gaming with a minor in video game design at Fisher.

Video games generate more than half of the revenue of the U.S. entertainment industry, and are projected to continue growing worldwide. The game design industry is populated by an interdisciplinary range of professionals including programmers, developers, audio engineers, animators, writers, editors, testers, and more. At Fisher, the study of video games encompasses both fundamentals of game design and production as well as narrative and social approaches to interpreting and analyzing games.

In addition to core design courses, the video game minor complements many different majors, as the multifaceted nature of games allows you to bring expertise and ideas from your primary course of study into the minor (e.g., cognitive psychology and gaming; the business of games).

Program Overview

The minor in video game design consists of six courses, including a required two-course sequence focused on video game creation using industry-standard tools designed for programmers and nonprogrammers alike.

For the remaining electives, you may choose from a variety of options including mobile development, artificial intelligence, and computer graphics. You can also explore the cultural aspects of gaming, including courses on video game history, writing for games, and stories and games.

Electives

Electives topics include:

  • Media entrepreneurship
  • Foundations of computer science
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Computer graphics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Video game history
  • Writing for games
  • Special topics in digital cultures
  • Mobile game development
  • Theater and design
  • Stories games tell

No more than two courses within the minor are allowed to overlap with your major.

Life After Fisher

Depending upon your major, you'll be prepared for meaningful employment in any number of jobs requiring creative, interdisciplinary thinking, including:

  • Programmer
  • Designer
  • Writer
  • Marketing
  • Quality assurance
  • Technical consulting
  • Technical support