Game Design (BA/BS)

Without game design, there would be no Master Chief, Junkrat, Mario or Zelda. Game designers dream up the world in which the game takes place and create the game rules that drive all the fun. Our game design majors not only learn how to come up with great ideas, but also how to realize them through scripting, game prototyping, and the game development process.

Preparing You For Success

As a student in Bradley’s top-ranked game design major, you begin building and polishing your storytelling skills as early as the first semester. Classes develop your narrative and art skills, then you learn the computer science roots of gaming. In addition, each semester brings opportunities to invent tabletop games and videogames, which leads to an impressive professional portfolio. With each step, you’re mentored by faculty who have worked on game series such as “League of Legends,” “Far Cry” and “Red Faction.”

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • An internship at a noted design company
  • Opportunities to show your work, including a senior project, to the public at the annual FUSE exhibit
  • Personal and professional growth through “game jams” and other competitions

Making Your Mark

Recent Bradley graduates turned their degree into positions at Blizzard, Warner Brothers Games, NetherRealms and Oculus VR.”

BA/BS Major Requirements

  • IM 110 Introduction to Game Development – 3 hrs.
  • IM 150 Fundamentals of Interactive Design – 3 hrs.
  • IM 160 Introduction to Game Scripting – 3 hrs.
  • IM 180 Survey of Games – 3 hrs.
  • IM 226 Practicum – 4 hrs.
  • IM 288 Game Design I – 3 hrs.
  • IM 289 Game Production I – 3 hrs.
  • IM 355 Interactive Media Theories, Concepts, and Practices – 3 hrs.
  • IM 380 Critical Game Studies – 3 hrs.
  • IM 388 Game Design II – 3 hrs.
  • IM 389 Game Production II – 3 hrs.
  • IM 426 Practicum – 4 hrs.
  • IM 450 Critical Issues in Interactive Media – 3 hrs.
  • IM 459 Game Capstone Project I – 3 hrs.
  • IM 488 Prototyping for Capstone – 3 hrs.
  • IM 489 Game Capstone Project II – 6 hrs.
  • Total Hours: 53

Game developer Dale Yu watches students work their way through one of his card games.

Sample Student Work