The NYU Game Center is dedicated to the exploration of games as a cultural form and game design as a creative practice. Our approach to the study of games is based on a simple idea: games matter.

We train the next generation of game designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and critics, to advance the field of games by creating a context for advanced scholarship and groundbreaking work.

The NYU Game Center MFA is an intensive creative environment. As a student, at any given moment you will be creating one or more game projects, from small prototypes to a large-scale thesis. At the same time, you will also be involved in analysis and discussion, from critiquing the work of other students to in-depth research on an original topic. And there will also be plenty of game playing too- our game library contains thousands of digital and non-digital games. Play, creation, and analysis complement and inform each other to create a unique educational experience.

The NYU Game Center MFA is a 2-year Master of Fine Arts degree in Game Design. Located within NYU’s famous Tisch School of the Arts, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other forms of art, media, and culture. Our students study the design and development of games in a context of advanced critical literacy, with the goal of becoming game designers and developers, artists and curators, critics and scholars. After an intensive first-year of fundamentals and advanced game design and development coursework, your second year will focus on a year-long thesis project that will propel you into the game industry.


We are seeking passionate and talented applicants for our Game Design MFA. Applicants may come from a wide range of professional, personal, and educational backgrounds. Professional game experience is not required, although the successful applicant will need to demonstrate a high level of talent, creative spirit, and competence in one or more areas relating to game design, game production, and game scholarship. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college is required. The Game Design program is two years long – full-time study only.

There are two required components that you must submit in order to successfully complete your application for admission:

1. The application for admission should be submitted online to the Tisch Office of Graduate Admissions along with the required academic documentation, testing, letters of recommendation and supporting credentials (detailed below). Begin your application here: Tisch Application.

2. You must prepare a creative portfolio (detailed below) and submit it via the Game Center MFA online application system, Slideroom. Please note that upon submitting your creative portfolio Slideroom will charge a $10 fee for applicants to use this service. Your creative portfolio must be uploaded via Slideroom on or before the application deadline. You can register and set up an account at this link: https://nyugamecenter.slideroom.com.

Please visit this page for additional application and creative portfolio requirements https://gamecenter.nyu.edu/academics/game-design-mfa/apply/.

Application deadline is January 1, 2019

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