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MS in Game Design (Campus)

Advanced production techniques, game usability testing, and quality management practices are at the heart of the Master of Science in Game Design program at Full Sail University. Get more detailed information about this campus-based MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Game Design

School Offering Program:

Full Sail University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Before entering this master's degree program, students might have completed an undergraduate program in game design, software development, or computer science. Knowledge of basic computer systems and strong analytical, creative, and animation or graphics design software are important. Applicants to Full Sail University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From design to production, the Master of Science in Game Design program at Full Sail University provides students with the opportunity to learn about all aspects of game development as they focus on leadership and team building skills. Some courses address such topics as world building, narratives, software production tools, techniques for producing functional prototypes, testing practices, and game mechanic constructs. Other courses cover aspects of project management principles, such as planning, budgeting, goal-setting, motivation, and team building and management methods. A practicum and capstone provide the opportunity for students to apply concepts as they create an article to be submitted for publication in the game industry and complete a game presentation.

Learning Format:

On campus

Program Length:

41.5 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Full Sail University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Game Design:

The curriculum of this MS program consists of 11 3.5-credit courses and a 3-credit personal development and leadership course. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Full Sail University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Game Design Major Courses (41.5 credits)

  • Mastery: Personal Development and Leadership
  • Research in Team Dynamics
  • Project and Team Management
  • Game Design
  • Methods and the User Experience
  • Game Production Tools
  • Prototyping and Content Creation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Asset Management
  • Game Usability and Testing
  • Game Project Practicum
  • Production Research Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After being awarded the Master of Science degree in Game Design from Full Sail University, graduates might be prepared to assume upper-level management or executive positions in digital game manufacturing companies, software development companies, or animation studios. Graduates might possess the leadership skills to oversee teams responsible for creating game prototypes, testing usability, adhering to quality standards, and producing software.

Career titles that graduates might be prepared to pursue include:

  • Creative game director
  • Lead programmer
  • Interactive developer
  • User interface programmer
  • Quality assurance tester

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