Game Design (BFA)

Game Design (BFA)

The Game Design BFA gives a well-rounded education in the arts with an emphasis on understanding and applying techniques including 3D modeling, animation and lighting in video game production.

Students graduate with a solid grasp of the fundamental game art principles, including knowledge of game engine technology and pre-production and production environments.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

GAM 105 Introduction to Maya Core/3
GAM 107 Game Engines Core/3
GAM 110 Introduction to Game Development Core/3
GAM 111 2D Tools for Game Development Core/3
GAM 115 Elements of Scripting Core/3
GAM 150 Game Design, Theory and Analysis Core/3
GAM 170 Level Design for Video Games 1 Core/3
GAM 201 3D Modeling for Games 1 Core/3
GAM 215 Scripting for 3D Games 1 Core/3
GAM 235 2D Level Design and Mechanics Core/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 36
Major 33
Liberal Arts 42
Elective 9
Total 120

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    4 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Context & Style course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Historical Awareness course
    1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
    1 Employment Communications and Practices course
    1 Fundamental Math course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication

  • Visually demonstrate skills that meet game industry standards
  • Use simple sketches, maps, and wireframes to communicate gameplay intent
  • Employ basic graphic design principles to create clear and aesthetically pleasing documentation


  • Demonstrate proficiency with technology related to contemporary game production

Presentation Skills

  • Clearly and professionally present work and ideas using industry-standard terminology

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Visually communicate research and ideas throughout the design process
  • Research and generate workable solutions under a deadline

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a professional portfolio which meets industry standards
  • Work cooperatively and effectively in a professional production environment
  • Apply appropriate production methodologies and scope in relation to time and task management

Specialty Skills: 

  • Design, organize, and build game prototypes in established game engines
  • Create design documentation and detailed paper maps for a professional preproduction package
  • Effectively use visual and code-based scripting to implement game and level mechanics
  • Tune systems for balance and playability while taking into consideration dependencies on related systems

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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