WPI’s pioneering, top-ranked BS degree in Interactive Media & Game Development will both stretch and focus your talents as you explore the technical and artistic aspects of game development.
In our close-knit Interactive Media & Game Development bachelor’s degree program, faculty and students alike share a passion for finding new ways of looking at traditional media in order to create new media. Beginning on your first days on campus, you’ll be pushing boundaries and making things that matter to you, whether that’s games, interactive fiction, art installations, collaborative performances, or virtual environments.
Our BS in game design and development provides an outstanding interdisciplinary education in the principles of interactive applications and computer-based game development. While each student chooses to focus on either the artistic or technical side of the field, all gain a broad understanding of both, developing a base of knowledge in computer science, mathematics, science, art, music, and English.
By completing rigorous courses and projects as part of your game development bachelor’s degree, you can explore a wide variety of topics in game development and interactive media, from game studies to digital painting, storytelling, audio arts, and social impact of games.
Interactive Media & Game Development students admitted to the BS/MS program are able to count certain courses toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees, completing the program in approximately five years.
Projects are at the heart of the university’s curriculum and as an IMGD major, you’ll complete a variety of projects in your courses, from designing short computer animations to creating new board games. Past team projects have addressed societal problems, such as helping the visually impaired by using audio cues or engaging elementary students in learning how to spell through an iPad game. Through a culminating project you’ll apply your skills to solve a problem likely to be encountered at the professional level, work that generally results in substantive portfolio materials.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.
Channel Your Creative Side with a Bachelor of Arts in Game Design & Development
Our Interactive Media and Game Development bachelor of arts focuses more on the creation of games, from animation and artistry to design and writing. If you have a passion for creating video games and shaping societal entertainment, this is the game design bachelor degree for you. Do you have a passion for gaming, but not sure you want to make it a full career focus? Our minor in interactive media and game development allows students to explore various game design and development techniques, theory, tools, and more as they gain a solid foundation.
Ready to Take Your Passion for Gaming to the Next Level?
Already have your bachelor degree in game development and design? Level up your career with our nationally ranked interactive media and game development master’s. Whether you have a software development background or want to work in production, an MS from WPI will set you up for success. Are you more interested in the creative side of gaming? Our master of fine arts (MFA) can prepare you to become an independent artist focused on professional design concepts. This three-year game design MFA is studio-based, providing students exposure to what it’s like in the industry.
Earn a Computational Media PhD
Already have your game design bachelor degree as well as a master’s, and looking to take what you’ve learned even further? WPI’s new PhD in computational media gives you the chance to do just that by giving you the tools, resources, and support you need to connect creativity and human expression with computational media.