Games + Simulation

Degree

Bachelor of Science | College of Creative Arts

What is Games + Simulation?

The Bachelor of Science in Games + Simulation provides students with an interdisciplinary plan of study covering all aspects of creating and interpreting games. Games are the liberal arts of the 21st century: the fusion of coding and design, writing and mechanics, usability and creativity.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Interdisciplinary

This program includes courses that span across the breadth of Miami University's offerings. From arts to the humanities to computer science, the Games + Simulation major brings the inherently interdisciplinary world of technology to the traditionally disciplinary student.

Concentrations

In order to focus their experience on a particular area of interest and to better complement their disciplinary area of focus, students choose from the following concentrations:

  • Game Art
  • Game Studies (contains Interdisciplinary Studies minor)
  • Game Development (contains Computer Science minor)

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Incoming students should declare Games + Simulation as their desired major when they apply. Admission to the program is competitive and all applicants (including current Miami students) must submit a concept document for a game they have made or would like to make. More information about the concept document and application process is available on the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies website.

  • Current Miami students must also have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply. Students in their first semester at Miami are exempt from the GPA requirement

What courses would I take?

The BS in Games + Simulation begins with a set of Foundation courses, providing a common grounding in game design. The Foundation also includes an introductory course that helps frame your interest in games and helps you see the broader career options available to you, both inside and outside of the game industry.

After finishing the Foundation, you will complete the Intermediate courses. These courses provide an introduction to industry-standard tools for 3D modeling, game programming/development, usability, and narrative.

The curriculum culminates in a three-semester sequence of courses, ending with a capstone course where students produce an industry-quality game.

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What can I do with this major?

With a focus on making and praxis, the BS in Games + Simulation prepares students for a career or graduate study in game design, development, 3D modeling, creative development, writing or designing, esports, and games in other industries, all while encouraging students to take creative risks, to build things, and to think critically about audiences, narratives, and aesthetics.

Who can I contact for more information?

Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies
203 Laws Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513-529-1637
aims@MiamiOH.edu