Design and Digital Technologies

M.A. in Digital Game Design and Development

The Digital Game Design and Development program at LIU Post offers a project-based curriculum that allows students to develop skills in all areas of game development, including game design, computer programing, and visual design. The program focuses heavily on game creation, so during their two years at LIU Post students will work on several solo and group-based projects, giving them a chance to develop a broad range of game development skills. Before graduating, all students are expected to complete a capstone thesis project, which can be used as a portfolio piece in a job application or as a commercial independent project.

The Master of Arts in Digital Game Design and Development is an innovative 36-credit interdisciplinary program that provides students with the technical, creative and collaborative skills necessary to enter the professional world of game and other interactive media design. The degree offers a comprehensive and intensive study of the nature and process of digital game design and the underlying principles of human game play. The project-based curriculum allows students to focus on developing skill sets in computer programming, art/graphics or interface/content development while collaborating with others in the cohort on large-scale team projects. Students are encouraged to do internships at game development companies in New York City. In addition to game development, the program stresses the following elements essential to success in the industry: storyboarding, paper prototyping, usability testing, and project management. Students will be taught how to write grant proposals and approach venture capital to support their work and encouraged to collaborate with business faculty on marketing and disseminating their thesis projects.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Digital Game Design and Development must meet the following requirements for admission.
Recommended deadline for admission is May 30.

  • Application for Admission

  • Application fee: (non-refundable)

  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.

  • Bachelor's degree and strong preparation in at least one of the 3 areas of program specialization:
    1. Programming for Games:B.S. in Computer Science or the equivalent
    2. Visual Design for Games:B.A. or B.F.A. in Digital Art and Design, Interactive Multimedia or the equivalent
    3. Game Design:B.A. or B.F.A. in Game Design or in a related subject such as English, theatre, film, psychology or education.
      Students may be admitted with a more general undergraduate degree coupled with considerable practical experience, at the discretion of the program director.

  • Personal interview with the program director will be required. Once your application and support materials have been reviewed, you will be contacted for an interview with the program director.

  • Candidates for entrance to the program must have a basic level of computer literacy. They should be familiar with the PC or Macintosh platform and have experience with two or more of the following: word-processing, web-design, digital imaging, digital illustration, digital video, Adobe Creative Suite or similar tools.

  • Submit a personal statement that describes your work as it relates to the program, and state what you wish to accomplish in your studies here. Any relevant professional experience should also be described in this statement. A GRE is not necessary.

  • Submit one piece of writing that demonstrates ability to think critically (academic paper, article, etc.) and examples of work that demonstrate competence in individual area of expertise: games, levels/mods of existing games, artwork, interface/web design, etc. Send links, DVD or flash drive.

  • Submit two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.

  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Send application materials to: Graduate Admissions Office
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-2900
Fax: 516-299-2137


Contact Andy Wallace or Ramiro Corbetta

School of Visual and Performing Arts
Department of Communications and Film

M.A. in Digital Game Design and Development
Required Core Courses
Required Digital Game Design Courses
DGD 501 Introduction to Game Design 3.00
DGD 505 Game Development 2 3.00
DGD 511 The History of Games 3.00
DGD 625 The Game Industry 3.00
Required Digital Game Design Thesis Courses
DGD 707 Thesis Prototyping 3.00
DGD 708 Thesis Seminar 3.00
DGD 709 Thesis Lab 3.00
Elective Digital Game Design Courses
Student must take four courses (12 credits) from the following:
DGD 513 Multiplayer Game Design 3.00
DGD 525 Audio Design for Games 3.00
DGD 510 Narrative Game Design 3.00
DGD 512 Educational Game Design 3.00
DGD 520 2D Game Programming 3.00
DGD 522 Advanced Game Programming 3.00
DGD 524 Systems Engineering for Game Development 3.00
DGD 526 Project Management for Game Development 3.00
DGD 503 Visual Design 1 3.00
DGD 506 Visual Design 2 3.00
DGD 621 Dimensional Imaging & Animation I 3.00
DGD 622 Dimensional Imaging & Animation II 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 36
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean