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Games and Simulation

Undergraduate Certificate


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 12
Cost Per Credit: $500
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Program Details

Cultivate the design and development skills necessary to create virtual interactive environments that span across devices and platforms. This certificate will teach you real-world skills needed for successful game design, and will signal to potential employers that you have dedicated the time and energy necessary to build fluency with concepts that guide virtual world development. Gain familiarity with the field of game studies and the game design industry, develop intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others in game studies to develop digital games.

Upon the completion of the certificate, you will be able to identify the majority of known game genres, understand the fundamental components of a game, the design issues inherent in different types of games and much more. You’ll also be able to clearly communicate game designs verbally and in the form of written documentation.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


In order to earn the certificate, students must complete ISTA 251, two GAME courses and one additional elective course.

ISTA 251: Introduction to Game Design
GAME 310: Gamfication in Society
GAME 311: eSports Industries
GAME 312: Monetizing Independent Gaming
GAME 452: Advanced Game