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Master's Degree and Certificate in Game Design

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The Game Lab — ranked among the top graduate programs for game design in the world by Princeton Review — is a hub for persuasive play research and innovative production in the fields of games for change and purposeful play. Our graduate programs prepare you for a career in all facets of game design, play theory, and engagement strategies.

Master's in Game Design

Our master's degree teaches you how to leverage the power of games to make an impact in any industry. Students come with unique expertise — politics, science, art, history — and marry them to game design skills to develop new approaches to business, social, or environmental challenges.

Graduate Certificate in Game Design

Our certificate program develops your intellectual capacity as a designer, developer, and leader. In just one year, you'll leave with the ability to use games as a platform for something greater.

Inspiring Empathy with a Game

Games embrace ambiguity and create safe spaces to take risks.

Through studying play, as well as games, Joyce Rice has had the opportunity to look closer at why certain activities engage us, make us think and inspire creativity.

As a fellow with the JoLT project, Joyce worked in partnership with WAMU 88.5 on Commuter Challenge, a game created to inspire empathy for commuters in Washington, DC at the mercy of Metro. She also presented at the Game Developers Conference in 2016.

Play to Your Strengths with the Game Design Program at AU

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Location

Study in the nation's capital, consistently ranked as one of the best cities for job seekers, and gain unparalleled access to nonprofits, government agencies, and NGOs.

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Community

Work side-by-side with accomplished designers and world-renowned faculty, led by internationally-exhibited Program Director Lindsay Grace.

Students at Global Game Jam — American University

Workshop

Develop real projects for professional clients, like the Smithsonian American Art and the National Institute of Mental Health, at the Game Studio.