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2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Video Game Design Major

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B.J. Best Director of Interactive Arts; Professor of English and Interactive Arts
Jennifer Dobby Department Chair of Visual, Interactive, and Performing Arts; Assistant Professor of Theatre
Joel Matthys Associate Professor of Music

Carroll University’s unique Video Game Design major will prepare you for a career in game design and development. As a student in this major, you will learn design thinking as it applies to the game design process. You will develop skills in creating graphics, sound and writing for games, and will learn basic coding principles.

The Video Game design major has been developed to pair with a second major in a related field so you can create your own personalized path.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduation, a Video Game Design major will be able to:

  • Design a video game through a process of defining intended user experiences, ideation, prototyping, analysis and critique, playtesting and revising in order to achieve a successful final game design
  • Verbally and visually communicate their video game designs effectively to others, using design-specific vocabulary
  • Describe, analyze and evaluate video game designs
  • Acquire and apply fundamental skills in three artistic areas-graphics, sound and writing
  • Employ basic programming skills to build a digital prototype of a game
  • Work independently or as part of a small team to design and develop a video game for public release

Second Major Requirement

This is not a stand-alone major. Students must pair Video Game Design with another major.

Recommended options include:

Bachelor of Arts Requirement

The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts are:

  • Students must take 2 consecutive modern language courses for a total of 6 or more credits in the same modern language (MLL) other than English; this does not include American Sign Language. Carroll University will accept a total of 6-8 transferred credits from another college/university as long as all of those credits are completed in the same language.
  • **International students who have English as their second language should contact the Registrar concerning the Modern Language requirement.


Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major.

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