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Game Design student working in studio
Joyce Rice, MA ’16, is helping develop new approaches to storytelling. Together with other graduate students, she experiments with different ways to merge content with persuasive play to make media interaction more engaging and easier to understand.
Joyce Rice
MA ’16
Want to push the envelope in game theory, design, and development? In the Master’s in Game Design program at American University, students stretch their capacity as designers, developers, consumers, and game innovators.

  • Access DC-based institutional relationships with government agencies, museums, nationally recognized foundations, local companies, and non-profits.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the Game Lab Studio and build a professional portfolio.
  • Take the lead in experiential education, persuasive play research, games for change, and innovative production while obtaining the skills you need to bring game theory into areas of society where they can make a difference.

Change the face of play with a Master’s in Game Design at American University.

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Access social advocacy groups, government agencies, not-for-profits, private companies, and community organizations, all within the Washington, DC, metro area.
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Professional Community

Gain knowledge from an award-winning faculty that is highly influential in the game design community.
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Persuasive Play

Build a portfolio in American University’s innovative Game Lab, and work at the leading edge of persuasive play and public purpose games.
“I want to break the usual narrative of video games. I’ve noticed, as someone who’s worked in journalism and as a gamer, many gamers don’t really tend to follow the news. So I figured: Why not bring the news story into the video games?”
Cherisse Datu
MA '16
"My first class in the Game Design program was Game Research with Lindsay Grace. Yes, that Lindsay Grace. It’s a class all about conducting good research in the area of gaming. I’m not saying there was a heavenly beam of light or a hallelujah chorus, but there could have been. I definitely felt at home."
Kelli N. Dunlap, Psy.D.
MA '16