The 120-credit Computer Game Design program enables students to focus on the artistic components of computer game design while providing them with the technical skills prerequisite to the field.

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Upper-Level Credits

All undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits of upper-division courses at the 300-499 level. Fulfilling degree requirements does not guarantee this requirement will be met.

Major GPA

All GAME undergraduate students must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in their major. All GAME courses except GAME 101 Introduction to Game Design (Mason Core)GAME 250 Music for Film and Video, and GAME 367 Writing and Editing Music and Sound must be passed with a grade of C or better.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 13
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core)3
AVT 180New Media in the Creative Arts3
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
Select one from the following:4
Physics and Everyday Phenomena I (Mason Core)
University Physics I (Mason Core)
and University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core) (or another laboratory science course approved by advisor)
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
Total Credits20

Non-Specific Mason Core Requirements

Oral Communication3
Arts3
Literature3
Natural Science 14
Western Civilization/World History3
Global Understanding3
Total Credits19

Approved courses may be found under the Mason Core section of this catalog.

Major Core 

AVT 104Two-Dimensional Design and Color (Mason Core)3
GAME 140Applied Coding for Game Designers3
or CS 112 Introduction to Computer Programming
GAME 101Introduction to Game Design (Mason Core)3
or GAME 210 Basic Game Design
GAME 230History of Computer Game Design3
GAME 231Computer Animation for Games3
GAME 232Online and Mobile Gaming3
GAME 250Music for Film and Video3
GAME 300Portfolio Preparation1
GAME 310Game Design Studio3
GAME 330Computer Game Platform Analysis3
GAME 331Consumer Gaming Platform Analysis Lab1
GAME 332RS: Story Design for Computer Games3
GAME 367Writing and Editing Music and Sound3
GAME 398Advanced Game Design Animation3
GAME 410Advanced Game Design Studio3
GAME 489Pre-Internship Seminar1
Six credits of6
Senior Game Design Capstone (Mason Core) (Must be taken twice for 3 credits each)
GAME 491Internship3-4
Total Credits51-52

Digital Media Electives

Select at least 12 credits from the following (or another course approved by your advisor):12
Introduction to New Media Arts
Digital Photography II
2D Experimental Animation
3D Experimental Animation
Video Art
Advanced Image Making
Advanced Topics: New Media Art
Introduction to Film (Mason Core)
Special Topics in Film and Video Studies
Digital Painting for Games
Special Topics
Advanced Game Animation I
Total Credits12

Visual Arts Electives

Select 6-8 credits from the following (or another course approved by your advisor):6-8
Typography (Mason Core)
Introduction to Web Design
Drawing I (Mason Core)
Painting I (Mason Core)
Printmaking I (Mason Core)
Darkroom Photography I (Mason Core)
Sculpture I (Mason Core)
Graphic Design Methods and Principles
Drawing II
Figure Drawing
Painting II
Figurative Painting
Printmaking II
Darkroom Photography II
Sculpture II
Total Credits6-8

General Electives

Select 8-11 credits of General Electives8-11
Total Credits8-11

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Game Design Sample Plan of Study 

The sample plan below is a recommended sequencing of courses based on pre-requisites and scheduling. This may not fit every student's needs and is a guideline, not a requirement. Students should confirm major requirements with their academic advisor and with PatriotWeb Degree Evaluation to ensure they enroll in the proper courses and are on track to graduate.

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
GAME 2103GAME 2503
GAME 2303GAME 1403
ENGH 1013MATH 1134
MATH 1054AVT 1043
Mason Core Western Civilization Requirement 3 
 16 13
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
GAME 2313GAME 3103
GAME 2323GAME 3983
Mason Core Oral Communication Requirement 3PSYC 1003
AVT 1803Mason Core Literature Requirement 3
Any Visual Arts Elective3-4Any Digital Media Elective 3-4
 15-16 15-16
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
GAME 3303GAME 4103
GAME 3311GAME 4891
ENGH 3023GAME 3323
GAME 3673Mason Core Natural Science Including Lab 4
PHYS 1034Any Visual Arts Elective 3-4
GAME 3001 
 15 14-15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
GAME 4903GAME 4903
GAME 4913Any Digital Media Elective 3-4
Any Digital Media Elective 3-4Any Digitial Media Elective 3-4
Mason Core Global Understanding Requirement 3General Elective 3
General Elective 3General Elective 3
 15-16 15-17
Total Credits 118-124

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/