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Diverse group of Game Lab students and faculty working on a game.

Designed to Drive Change

Game Lab

The American University Game Lab serves as a hub for experiential educationpersuasive play research, and innovative production in the fields of games for change and purposeful play. Both a Master's degree and a Certificate program in Game Design are offered jointly by the School of Communication (SOC) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). SOC also offers an MFA in Games and Interactivity, as well as a concentration on Games and Interactivity within the MFA in Film and Electronic Media. CAS offers a Game and Computational Media track with the MS in Computer Science.

Students get real-world experience by working on projects with the Game Studio, and with clients like the Educational Testing Service, the National Institute of Mental HealthSmithsonian American Art Museum, and WAMU 88.5.  

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Projects from American University Game Lab students and faculty assembled in 2013.

Hollow video game

Communications ·

Capstone Projects Showcase Game Design Students’ Skills and Creativity

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The Princeton Review

Top Game Design Program

The Princeton Review has ranked American University in its "Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design" every year since the program launched.

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More than 23 game companies, 200 non-profits and 15 federal agencies

Games By the Numbers

The Game Lab leverages proximity to public and private sector leaders to bring games to traditionally non-game contexts for new levels of engagement.

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Awkward Annie

Awkward Annie

Students learn social conventions in this Game Studio project for the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

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The AU Game Lab has a 4 to 1 Student-Faculty ratio

Screenshot from a Final Fantasy trivia game produced by Game Lab.

Innovation and Journalism through Game Design

What can game designers teach journalists about creating engaging experiences?

Games and Journalism