The Graduate Certificate in Game Design offers a practice-oriented approach to the art and science of game making.
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Game design is one of the fastest-growing fields in entertainment, business, and education. From healthcare to political science, companies use games to educate their constituents and enhance employee skills.
The Graduate Certificate in Game Designoffers a practice-oriented approach to the art and science of game making. The program emphasizes visual design and programming for video games, and fosters conceptual understanding of the principles of game design for all varieties of games—from educational board games to iPhone games.
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
Professional resumé: Current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language
Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)
October 18, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline
Domestic application complete (first half start: January 10, 2022)
December 20, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2022)
February 8, 2022
Graduate Certificate in Game Design General Requirements
DGM 6122 - Foundations of Digital Storytelling
DGM 6308 - Intermediate Programming for Digital Media
DGM 6400 - Game Design Fundamentals
DGM 6403 - Game Engine Fundamentals
DGM 6405 - Game Development
Note: For DGM 6308 Intermediate Programming for Digital Media, you must take Test to qualify, if not, take DGM 6108.
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace. This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
Faculty Member and Academic Director of the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media program
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 275,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global nongovernmental organizations. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster a lifelong, global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Digital Media & Design alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.