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 Game Design Graduate Certificateoffers 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, accelerated degree, or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and real-world experience in your area of 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 resume: Current resume 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
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 a test to qualify, if not, take DGM 6108.
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in 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 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that 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.