Certificate in Game Studies

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Students earning the Game Studies Certificate learn about games from a variety of perspectives, from how to make them to how to understand their role in society.

Certificate Requirements

The Game Studies Certificate requires a total of 10 courses, including prerequisites (approximately 36 credits). Many of these prerequisites overlap with requirements for other majors including Computer Science, Art, and Media Study. Requirements for the concentration may be found on the Game Studies Certificate Application, and may be found below:

Prerequisites (3 courses): 
These 100- to 200-level courses give students a background in the production skills and theoretical frameworks that will be used for later courses in the certificate. Generally these courses are at the 100 to 200 level. While equivalent courses or experience can be substituted for the prerequisites, students generally choose one course from each of these categories a) DMS 110 Programming for Digital Art or CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science I, b) DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts or ART 250 Introduction to Digital Art, and c) ART 140 Time Based Concepts, DMS 259 Introduction to Media Analysis or DMS 220 Machines, Codes and Cultures.

Required Courses (3 courses):
There are three required courses in the Game Studies Certificate. These are DMS 448 Games, Gender, and Society, DMS 462 Game Design, and one additional upper-level class focusing on designed play or a related topic. Courses filling this last requirement have included DMS 457 Locative Media, DMS 463 Electronic Literature or ART 473 Performative Action.

Electives (4 courses):
These courses are drawn from the 200 level to the 400 level.  A partial list of electives for the Game Studies Certificate is available in the course catalog, but students may petition to count any course from any department that focuses on the production or study of games.  As approval of new courses as electives is not guaranteed, students should submit any potential electives to the department’s academic advisor before the beginning of the semester.

Special Note For Media Study Majors:
Those using the Game Studies Certificate as the required minor to accompany the Media Study major must have 6 courses from the Required Courses and Electives categories that do not overlap between the major and the certificate. Further, the Advanced Production course for Media Study must not be used as part of the Game Study requirements. 

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Contact Us

Dave Pape

250 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0939

depape@buffalo.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

250 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0939

depape@buffalo.edu

Brad Hendricks
Bradley Hendricks

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0316

bhendric@buffalo.edu

Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0316

bhendric@buffalo.edu