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Table of Contents:
1. What is the difference between the BA and BS in Games & Playable Media?
2. What is the difference between the Art & Design: GPM and Studio Art BAs?
3. Is there a minor for AGPM or Computer Science: Computer Game Design?
4. How do I declare the AGPM major / how do I declare via portfolio appeal?
5. How do I enroll / petition for an individual (independent) studies course?
6. How do I petition a course to count as a substitute for one of my electives?

 

Q1) What is the difference between the BA and BS in Games & Playable Media?

The Art & Design: Games & Playable Media (AGPM) BA program focuses on Art & Design for games, while giving students a solid foundation in the fundamentals of computer game creation. It has Math and Computer Programming requirements, but the majority of the coursework is in Art and Game Design. The Computer Science: Computer Game Design BS is focused on Programming for Games, and gives students a much more extensive education in Computer Science. 

Q2) What is the difference between the Art & Design: Games & Playable Media BA and the Studio Art BA?

The AGPM BA is focused on giving students the experience of playing, designing, and creating digital and non digital games. The Art BA program provides students with both the technical skills and the critical skills necessary to develop meaningful art and design projects in print media, photography, animation, video, new media, sculpture, public art, environmental art, social practice, drawing and painting. 

Q3) Is there a minor in the Art & Design: Games & Playable Media BA or Computer Science: Computer Game Design BS?

Not at this time. 

Q4) How do I declare the AGPM major / how do I declare via portfolio appeal?

Please refer to our Major Declaration webpage

Q5) How do I enroll / petition for an individual (independent) studies course?

To enroll/petition for an individual studies course, you will first need to fill out the form linked here. You will be emailed a copy of your completed form. Send the completed form to your Faculty Sponsor asking for their email confirmation, and CC the AGPM undergrad adviser. Once your Faculty Sponsor confirms, the adviser will send you the course ID to use for enrollment. 

Q6) How do I petition a course to count as a substitute for one of my electives?

To petition for a course substitution, you will first need to fill out the form linked here. You will be emailed a copy of your completed form. We will look at your justification and see if the course you are requesting would qualify as a valid substitution. 

If you were unable to find an answer to your question, please email the AGPM undergraduate adviser at juanmr@ucsc.edu.