Master of Science in Game Design

General

Program Description

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Full Sail University

The Game Design master of science program prepares you for a specialized role in the gaming industry by teaching the skills needed to contribute to multidisciplinary development teams. The coursework focuses on user experience research, production, and design - culminating with a game capstone experience. You’ll choose a track that allows you to focus on your chosen area of expertise, whether that’s working as a user experience researcher, producer, or game designer to create and publish games, or specializing in a genre or industry niche to evaluate and enhance existing real-world products.

Course Highlights

  • Methods and the User Experience - This course provides a scientific framework for defining and testing variables that exist within the sometimes-ambiguous process of game design.
  • Prototyping and Content Creation - This course focuses on providing students with the tools and techniques required for the development of functional prototypes, allowing them to test and refine their design concepts.
  • Game Usability and Testing - This course is a blend of academic and applied science, targeting core design principles through scholarly research methods and applied usability techniques.

Admissions

Before You Apply

There are several things to know about the graduate admissions process at Full Sail University.

  • No traditional application deadlines: classes begin monthly for most programs, so you can apply anytime and start on the date that works best for you.
  • Program design and course order: you do not need to sign up for specific classes every semester – all of our programs have a predetermined program design and course order.
  • Acceleration: Full Sail’s graduate programs are taken on an accelerated schedule and can be completed in as little as 12 months.
  • GRE submission: we do not require you to complete the GRE or submit your GRE scores to apply for a graduate program.

Application and Acceptance

Our admissions requirements and acceptance procedures are different from a traditional college. To be considered for admission to a graduate program at Full Sail, the following requirements apply:

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree or higher - a Full Sail bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, or a baccalaureate-level or higher degree from another accredited postsecondary educational institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education along with transcripts.
  • Degree held must be of similar scope/subject matter as the intended graduate degree program, with a transfer academic average of 2.0. Documentation of high school graduation or GED is not required.
  • Applicants with a GPA lower than the required 2.0 must submit a Letter of Intent, résumé and college transcripts for Program Director review.
  • Students with an undergraduate degree from an unrelated scope or subject matter may be considered for admission upon the provision of a Statement of Intent and a professional résumé. For additional information, please contact your Admissions Representative.

How to Apply

If you’ve spoken to an admissions representative and completed your interview, and you’re ready to begin the application process, there are several items you’ll need to have ready:

  • Government-Issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued ID card.
  • Verification of English proficiency if English is not your primary language (all required documentation that is not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation).

Once you have these items, you’re ready to begin the online application. Completing your application will take 30-45 minutes, and you can save your application if you run out of time or need to gather additional information.

After You’ve Applied

If you haven’t already completed your admissions interview, that will be your next step. An admissions representative will reach out to schedule an interview at a convenient time for you.

If you have completed your interview, your enrollment guide will reach out to finalize your application and gather additional information.

You will also receive an email that gives you access to our Launch Portal, where you’ll be able to submit documentation and complete the final steps for enrollment.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Game Design master of science program applicants should have extensive academic coursework in Computer Animation, Computer Science, Game Art, Game Design, Game Development, or Mobile Development. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Game Design master of science curriculum before applying to ensure they have acquired the requisite skills in order to be successful in the program.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Full Sail is dedicated to helping creative students follow their dreams in the entertainment and media industry. Whether they are passionate about music, art and design, web and technology, filmmaking ... Read More

Full Sail is dedicated to helping creative students follow their dreams in the entertainment and media industry. Whether they are passionate about music, art and design, web and technology, filmmaking, or the business behind entertainment, an education at Full Sail University can prepare students for a career path doing what they love. Read less