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Graduate Certificate in Game Design

Offered jointly by the School of Communication and the College of Arts and Sciences, the program combines game design and game development. The program will develop students' intellectual capacity as designers, developers, consumers, and game administrators.

Admission to the Program

Students must have a degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. The GPA requirement may be waived for applicants with more than five years of full-time professional experience. An undergraduate degree in communication is not required.

Applicants whose native or first language is not English must demonstrate proof of language proficiency by submitting satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless they have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution. A minimum TOEFL score of at least 600 on the paper-based version (PBT) or 100 on the internet-based test (iBT) version is required. A minimum IELTS test score of 7.0 is also accepted. American University does not provide immigration documents for entry to the United States for international students in this program.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved coursework with grades of B or better. Grades of B- or lower in certificate program courses will not be accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements although these grades will be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate.

Course Requirements

Core (12 credit hours)

Electives (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following or other non-GAME courses as approved by program director: