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Video Game Development Minor

Through this modern curriculum, students will be exposed to the creative workflows and advanced technologies that work in the development of playable media. By pushing the boundaries of storytelling genres, crafting unique interactive experiences, and engaging audiences through play, students who embark on this production track become inventive media-makers and story crafters. In keeping with the Vincentian ethos of St. John’s, students will additionally explore the ethical considerations of gameplay development. When can simulated experiences promote healthy attitudes and empathy? Conversely, when do virtual scenarios enable inappropriate behaviors and maladaptive tendencies? Students will work to discover the potential impact in cultivating a socially responsible practice in game development. 

Have you been curious about what it’s like to be a part of the video game industry as an animator, storyteller, game tester, customer support agent, or full-on developer?

If so, get your foot in the door of the academic side of this exciting and relevant industry by minoring in Video Game Development at St. John’s.

Degree Type
Minor
Area of Interest
Communications & Media
Associated Colleges or Schools
Program Location
  • Queens Campus
Required Credit Hours
18

Through this modern curriculum, students will be exposed to the creative workflows and advanced technologies that work in the development of playable media. By pushing the boundaries of storytelling genres, crafting unique interactive experiences, and engaging audiences through play, students who embark on this production track become inventive media-makers and story crafters.

In keeping with the Vincentian ethos of St. John’s, students will additionally explore the ethical considerations of gameplay development. When can simulated experiences promote healthy attitudes and empathy? Conversely, when do virtual scenarios enable inappropriate behaviors and maladaptive tendencies? Students will work to discover the potential impact in cultivating a socially responsible practice in game development.

The video game development minor consists of 18 credits that include:

REQUIRED:

  • VGD 1001 INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO GAMES AND THE GAMING INDUSTRY
  • VGD 1002 PRINCIPLES OF GAME DESIGN
  • VGD 2600 CRITICAL ISSUES IN VIDEO

GAMING ELECTIVES:

  • VGD 2300 STORYTELLING AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN VIDEO GAMES
  • VGD 2401 BUSINESS OF GAMES AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • VGD 3202 CHARACTER DESIGN FOR VIDEO GAMES
  • VGD 3203 ENVIRONMENT DESIGN FOR VIDEO GAMES
  • VGD 3301 INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • COM 2290 FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDIA GRAPHICS
  • CUS 1100 INTRO TO GAME PROGRAMMING
  • SPM 1038 ESPORTS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

Contact Us

Edrex Fontanilla

Associate Professor

718-990-3796

St. Augustine Hall Queens

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