Game Design

The NYU Game Center celebrates games as a creative art form. As an academic department at the Tisch School of the Arts, the NYU Game Center offers an undergraduate degree that teaches the art and craft of game creation within a context of advanced critical literacy. At a time in which games are evolving in radical and important ways, NYU Game Center students and faculty are defining the cultural landscape for the next hundred years.

Curriculum
At the NYU Game Center, we learn by doing. Students and faculty are constantly making games, writing articles, and organizing events – sometimes alone, but usually in collaboration with each other. At the NYU Game Center, our students find their voices as creative practitioners, preparing them to become groundbreaking visionaries who will change the face of games.

The NYU Game Center’s innovative curriculum interweaves classes on design, production, and the academic study of games. Students learn about games by playing them, making them, and investigating how they function and what they mean. Classes range from Games 101 – an historical survey of games from ancient board games through today’s videogames – to advanced courses in game studies, game design, and game development.

Professional Development
The NYU Game Center is a thriving nexus for the amazing New York City game scene. Students are exposed to a wide range of professional development opportunities such as the Lecture Series featuring world-renowned designers and scholars; intensive hands-on Workshops and Masterclasses; PRACTICE: Game Design in Detail, an annual game design conference that brings together designers from videogames, board games, and sports; No Quarter, a yearly exhibition that commissions game artworks from important designers like Terry Cavanagh, Mark Essen and Zach Gage; and regular Tournaments including FallCraft (Starcraft), Fall Brawl (Smash Bros.), and Spring Fighter (Street Fighter). Students also have access to the Game Center Open Library, which contains more than 3000 titles and is one of the largest videogame libraries in the world.

Career Resources
The Tisch Office of Career Development strives to provide students and alumni with lifelong professional skills that help establish and sustain successful careers in the arts. TOCD’s services include: Tisch College Central, a searchable internship/job database; individualized career counseling (by appointment and weekly walk-ins); resume and cover letter reviews; career workshops and events; industry mentorship programs; access to electronic industry research tools; and a resource library stocked with trade publications and numerous career-related handouts. TOCD is located within Tisch’s Office of Student Affairs.

In conjunction with TOCD, the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development provides career guidance and development services to NYU students and alumni. The Center hosts seminars, job fairs, and expos; schedules career counseling appointments; connects students with mentors and alumni; trains students in job interview skills and resume/cover letter writing; and compiles employer databases. The Center also maintains NYU CareerNet, an online database of both on- and off-campus job and internship listings. Students may use Wasserman’s resources to identify sustainable employment opportunities or explore additional career interests outside of the arts.

Alumni
Game Design alumni maintain a lifelong affiliation with the Tisch School of the Arts and have gone on to a wide variety of successful careers in the games industry and beyond. They are game designers, theorists, storytellers, artists, hackers, musicians, visual designers, curators, educators, and much more. All are part of a vibrant network of mentors, artists, and entrepreneurs supported by the Tisch Office of Alumni Relations and the Tisch Office of Career Development. By creating interdisciplinary and cross-generational collaborations, these two offices help alumni maintain a connection to the past while growing into their future. Of particular note are two main alumni councils, Tisch East and Tisch West, whose activity is centered on metropolitan NYC and LA respectively.