R U A Game Design Student?

R U Game?

Students test play a video game at NYU's Media and Game Network

For the All-Around Game Lover:

The BFA in Game Design, offered at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, approaches the study of games as a serious art form. This major gives you a broad background in game culture and lets you focus on areas such as 3-D animation techniques to digital storytelling strategies.

NYU Game Center's wall of board games
NYU's Game Center Open Library in New York City holds the largest collection of games out of any university in the world, with more than 2,000 digital and nondigital games!

Hear what inspired two NYU Game Design students to study games-then play their creations yourself!


“Besides being fun to play, games are fun to study because they encompass many of the subjects I’m passionate about, like writing, design, and visual art. Individually, these fields are fascinating, but putting them together in game design is especially exciting.”

Play Nick’s 2-D platformer game, Laserboy , which he created in Introduction to Game Development during his first year in NYU’s Game Design program. Nick had some assistance from fellow BFA student Junege Hong.

Morning Makeup Madness

“Games are an exciting medium because they allow us to tell stories in ways that movies, books, and music cannot. One of the aspects I like most about games is that they are systems built out of rules that allow us to interact with them to generate an experience.”

Play Morning Makeup Madness, a game Jenny created as an undergraduate at NYU. Since graduating, Jenny has worked as a freelance game developer whose work has been showcased at the OUJEVIPO exhibition in France and Fantastic Arcade, an annual video game festival in Austin, Texas.

For the Artist, Tech Geek, and Everyone In-Between:

Interactive Media Arts (IMA), a major you can pursue at both the Tisch School of the Arts in New York City and NYU Shanghai, combines engineering with art-making. As an IMA student, you’ll learn how to use technology and graphic design to create projects that go wherever your imagination takes you-from games and robots to virtual reality.

Integrated Digital Media (IDM), a major at the Tandon School of Engineering in New York, teaches you hands-on production techniques in areas like digital filmmaking, 3-D graphics, game design, and digital audio to create media projects relevant to today’s society. This maker-centric program encourages you to research and develop your own work through class projects and internships.

Students work in NYU Shanghai's Interactive Media Lab
The Interactive Media Arts Interaction Lab at NYU Shanghai is an on-campus makerspace where students can use resources like 3-D printers, laser cutters, and electronics components.
A technician working on the laser cutter at NYUʼs MakerSpace.
NYU’s MakerSpace, located at the Tandon School of Engineering, is a creative work space where students connect with the greater New York City tech community at lectures and events.

In Interactive Media, a minor offered at NYU Abu Dhabi, students learn how to design and develop virtual reality experiences from concept to prototype. You’ll acquire skills in electronics, programming, design, and digital media and examine the latest developments in technology that are changing the future of games as we know them. Interactive Media students have access to the NYU Abu Dhabi Interactive Media Lab where they can find all the tools necessary to bring their projects to life.

For the Programmer Obsessed with Building Games:

If you’re a game enthusiast with a computer science background, adding the Game Engineering minor (Tandon School of Engineering) will give you the skills you need to become adept at the technical and engineering sides of games and simulations. You’ll build games from the ground up, take studio art-style courses, and add electives on topics like human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and interactive computer graphics.

NYU's Game Innovation Center
Faculty and students at the Tandon School of Engineering Game Innovation Lab harness their talents in technology, engineering, and science to focus on games and simulations as an innovation challenge.