Bachelor of Arts In Game Design
& Interactive Media

What makes a game really great (or a major flop)? How can you lay the groundwork for a career developing, researching, and playing games? In this innovative program, students learn the answers to these questions and more as they prepare to make their own contributions to the world of gaming.

It’s Not Just a Game Anymore

Video games and interactive media are an integral part of many of the hottest professional fields today, including education, healthcare delivery, mental health interventions, police training, and numerous industries just to name a few. Those who engage with games, whether for professional purposes or recreation, are dependent on those with the creativity, visual skills, and conceptual thinking ability needed to design the games. Our B.A. in Game Design & Interactive Media will prepare you to pursue a career in the gaming industry.

Learn What It Takes to Turn a Game into a Reality

Through our program, you will engage in a broad exploration of how games are built — both technically and artistically. You will work individually as well as in multi-player mode, collaborating with students from other programs and colleges to build your own games. To do this you will build and level up on skills that you develop in courses that focus on narrative, writing, music, visual arts, and more. You’ll use these skills to develop stories, create interesting characters, set rules, and present challenges that prompt interaction with the user.

Game development is a multi-disciplinary field, and you must understand each of the disciplines that go into it. You will wear many hats in game development — artist, writer, music expert, and more.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Game Design

What makes the Game Design & Interactive Media program unique is its interdisciplinary approach to preparing students for their future careers. In the program, students study gaming from vantage points provided by Art, Music, Writing, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Computer Science, and more. By studying gaming in this way, students develop the diverse background and multidisciplinary skillsets that game designers need to succeed.

Employees in the gaming industry have diverse backgrounds and training, not just narrow expertise in a single skill, and our program aims to prepare students to succeed with this approach.

A Degree for An Open-World Job Market

Upon graduating with this degree, you will be in a solid position to pursue a career in the gaming industry in areas like game production, development, testing, design, writing, art, and music. But any industry that that uses gaming and interactive media is yours to explore, and that career territory is expanding every day.

Meanwhile, the Entertainment Software Association’s “Video Games in the 21st Century: the 2020 Economic Impact Report” points to over 143,000 direct jobs in the U.S., but when taking direct, indirect, and induced economic impact into account, the total figure is an impressive 428,646 U.S. jobs. According to*, since 2014, both Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) gaming jobs have seen 400% growth. The video game industry is the largest sector of the gaming industry and bigger than the movie and music industry combined.**

These are definitely winning numbers for anyone looking to enter this field.

* (2017, January 10). Are Game Developers in Demand? A Look at Video Game Jobs.


Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

Get In The Game

Game Design & Interactive Media is one of several University of New 51 degree programs focused on gaming.

Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show a few of the possible careers you could pursue with this major. Job titles and salary data are from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a publication of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Special Effects Artist/Animator

16% Growth 2020–2030


Digital Designer

13% Growth 2020–2030


Art Director

11% Growth 2020–2030

Selected Courses and Programs
  • An introduction to the study of games, gaming, and game culture. This course provides an overview and application of the perspectives, concepts, and methods of the diverse field of game studies (also called ‘ludology’) to provide students with a critical appreciation for games and associated phenomena.

  • This course surveys the basics of game history, game design, game engines, technical ethics, and project management. Students will have the ability to analyze games, identify game mechanics and game engines, and assemble interactive media using predefined assets and gaming modules.

  • A critical exploration of ethics, as an area of philosophy, and video games, as an interactive aesthetic medium. Students will cover ethical theory and video game theory; they will then focus on the theoretical intersection between the two, focusing on applied ethics and moral psychology. Students may also cover the ethics of video game design and the ethics of video game culture.

  • An in-depth examination of the problematic side of games, gaming, and gaming culture as well as possible solutions to those problems. Students explore the causes and consequences of important social issues as they relate to gaming contexts, like social bias, prejudice and discrimination, hate speech and harassment, and conflict between gamers.

  • As videogame creation becomes more accessible, people without programming experience can now create their own interactive experiences-digital games that prioritize artistic expression over commercial success. In this class, students explore this emerging art form of “punk games” by creating their own original digital games and examining existing repertoire and writings in this new media. The class will culminate in a public gallery of students’ games at the end of the semester.

  • A foundational course in the narrative methods and storytelling aspects of games. This course will introduce students to literary, rhetorical, and narrative theories that help us to understand games as story-driven media. Particular attention will be given to the ways that games both overlap and diverge from storytelling methods in other print and visual media. Students will study the narrative aspects of many different types of games and apply what they have learned to create their own narrative game.

  • The University of New 51 offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Game Design & Interactive Media, check out the Academic Catalog:

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From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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  • Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

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  • We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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