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Game Design and Development Minor

The minor in Game Design and Development (GDD) is a multi-disciplinary minor offered by the School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies (ISAT), and the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts (MCMA). The purpose of this minor is to prepare students who wish to enter the field of game design and development. The Game Design and Development minor requires 18 credits. The courses required to complete this minor include: ISAT 340 or CP 260, IST 209G, RTD 487, RTD 361, IST 392 or MCMA 499, and one elective course. The approved electives for this minor are: IST 306, IST 312, IST 426, IST 446, RTD 331, RTD 496, CP 361, CP 454, CP 470C, CP 470W, and CP 472. All prerequisites for these courses must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in each course. All courses for this minor must be completed with a grade of C or better. All students who wish to enroll in this minor must do so through the ISAT advisor or the Cinema and Photography or Radio-Television, and Digital Media advisors. MCMA students may not count a course taken to fulfill the requirements of this Minor as one of the courses required to fulfill either an RTD or CP major.


  • CP 260 - Understanding Visual Media or ISAT 340 Introduction to Video Gaming Industry
  • IST 209G - Introduction to Game Programming
  • RTD 361 - Sound Mix in Popular Culture
  • RTD 487 - 3D Animation I: Modeling
  • IST 392 - Special Projects or MCMA 499 - Independent Study

Elective Courses:

  • IST 306 - Android Application Development
  • IST 312 - Programming II
  • IST 426 - Application Development Environments
  • IST 446 - Software Engineering and Management
  • RTD 331 - Digital graphics Foundations
  • RTD 496 - Sound and Moving Image
  • CP 361 - History of New Media
  • CP 454 - Approaches for the Animation Stand
  • CP 470C - Advanced Topics Photography
  • CP 470W - Advanced Topics Screenwriting
  • CP 472 - Problems Creative Production Cinema

Courses (MCMA)