Just before the close of classes this spring, the new BA in Art & Design: Games & Playable Media was officially approved by the university. The curriculum plan for the degree has been in the making for over 2 years, with generous contributions from Noah Wardrip-Fruin, a host of talented Art Department, Arts Division and University staff, and Department Chairs Jennifer Parker (Art) and Michael Mateas (Computational Media).
The degree includes foundational courses in Play, Games and the History of Games, Visual Art, Programming and Game Design. Founded on the MDA framework for analyzing, modifying and creating games, the program will begin accepting students in the fall of 2015. In preparation for new students, Jude Pipes (Undergraduate Advisor for Art Students) has begun to compile a list of valuable information about required courses, pre-requisites and transfers.
Please get in touch with Jude if you have any questions about the new major. Thanks again to everyone who helped get the program written, reviewed and approved. We look forward to your continued support as we ramp up the program this fall!