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Game Design & Interactive Analytics Major

Game design is so much more than gaming. It's a blend of art, technology and communication that has become one of the nation's most popular college majors. This exciting field will take you to the forefront of digital design. Our new program, the only bachelor's degree of its kind in Iowa, combines the cognitive and research skills of careful logistical thinking with an abundance of creativity. It strongly prioritizes clear communication with effective research, writing, and design skills and will prepare students for the rigors of working in the game design industry and beyond. 

Students who major in Game Design and Interactive Analytics will be able to:

1. Understand fundamental elements of design, play, and narrative
2. Demonstrate logistical thinking
3. Design and implement representational systems of data and/or information
4. Render and disseminate information in procedural and ludic representations


  • Strongly prioritizes clear communication with effective research, writing and design skills
  • Prepares students for the rigors of working in the game design industry
  • Grand View's location in Des Moines offers a plethora of internship and career opportunities
  • Small classes mean lots of individual instruction to help you develop your skills and knowledge
Career Options

You'll enjoy our new major so much you may not want to leave us, but when you do, you'll be ready to start work as a:

  • Game Designer
  • App Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Writer
  • Web Designer
  • Interactive Media Designer
  • Storyteller
  • Producer
  • Animator
  • 3-D Illustrator
  • Researcher
Course Requirements

Prerequisites (19-21 credits)

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.

ARTS 104 Principles of Design II: Digital Media 3 credits
ARTS 245 Interactive Design I 3 credits
ENGL 101 or
ENGL 220
First-Year Composition or
Academic English for Multilingual Students II

3 credits or
4 credits

ENGL 111 Interpretation of Literature 3 credits
MATH 095 or
MATH 096
Intermediate Algebra or
Introductory and Intermediate Algebra
3 credits
5 credits
STAT 241 Principles of Statistics 4 credits

Requirements for the Major (41 credits)

ARTS 335 Interactive Design II 3 credits
ARTS 375 Interactive Design III 3 credits
ARTS 425 Interactive Design IV 3 credits
ARTS 435 Interactive Design V 3 credits
ARTS / ENGL 330 Visual Culture and Rhetoric 3 credits
ENGL 202 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 credits
ENGL 302 Advanced Creative Writing 3 credits
ENGL 329 Gender and Women's Studies 3 credits
ENGL 345 Writing for the Web 3 credits
CPSC 210 Human-Computer Interaction 3 credits
BSAD / CPSC 241 Computer Science I 3 credits
GAME 201 Introduction to the Theory of Play 3 credits
GAME 301 Theory of Play 3 credits
GAME 470 Game Design and Interactive Analytics Capstone 2 credits
GAME 471 Game Design and Interactive Analytics Capstone 2 credits
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Beyond the Spectrum

Other than digital games, there are numerous career possibilities for game design in nondigital environments. Iowa companies hiring Game Designers include software publishers, mobile phone service providers, web design firms, app design firms, colleges and universities, graphic design firms, animation studios, and an abundance of non-profit organizations.

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