The Games and Emerging Media program provides all students with the basics in programming, art, game design, UI/UX, game writing and storytelling, and the business of games. This ensures a solid foundation upon which to start your career.
Games and Emerging Media
School of Communication & the Arts
School of Computer Science & Mathematics
The Games Industry is fast-paced and bold. So is the Red Fox.
Marist’s Games and Emerging Media students are looking to the future – the future of media and the future of their careers. They’re ready to explore themselves and the world around them to become the best designers, writers, developers, and producers they can be. We provide the industry experts, inclusive curriculum, hands-on technology, and state-of-the-art facilities to help students become the game developers of the future.
Curriculum at a Glance
In addition to your concentrated courses, you’ll expand your academic triangle even further with unique electives including “Storytelling Across Media,” “3-D Modeling,” “Human-Computer Interaction,” and other topics designed to prepare you for an impactful career in the Games Industry.
The Technical Development and Programming students focus on the programming and software development side of game creation, taking courses like “Software Development I,” “Game Programming,” and “Artificial Intelligence.”
Design, Writing, and Culture students take a customized mix of courses in writing, game design, and the social aspects of gaming. In this track, you’ll take courses like “Writing for Media,” “Ethics and Gaming,” and “Advanced Unity.”
Learn Interactive Game Design from Industry Professionals
In an industry as evolutionary and revolutionary as game and media design, it is essential that faculty can keep up with the change. That is why Marist’s Games and Emerging Media faculty are all actively-engaged and highly-recognized members of the Game Design industry. Our faculty take their real-time experience in the field and apply it to their classrooms, ensuring that you are one step ahead when you take your place in the industry. View all Games & Interactive Media faculty >
Dr. Fanfarelli is a professor, researcher, author, and patented inventor. His research focuses on digital badging and video games, and how these entities can integrate educational and psychological theory to enhance design. In addition to his work having been presented in five countries, Dr. Fanfarelli also holds a patent on an automated system and method for simulating human judgment in the comparison of digital image pairs.
Dr Karen "Kat" Schrier is the Founding Director of the Games & Emerging Media program. She has over 20 years of experience in games and media production, design, and writing, at places like Nickelodeon, Scholastic, PBS, and the World Health Organization. She is a top expert on games, empathy, and ethics. Her latest book is called We the Gamers: How Games Teach Ethics and Civics (Oxford University Press).
A two-time recipient of the IBM Faculty Innovation Award, Dr. Coleman has worked for AT&T as a software developer, at IBM as an advisory engineer in the Supercomputing Systems Lab, and Citigroup as a software developer, analyst, and vice president in risk management technology. His research focuses primarily on software development, parallel computing, and games.
Develop the Skills You Need to Make an Impact in the Game Industry
You will be creating all types of games from concept to completion, including digital and non-digital games, as well as other media, including but not limited to online, computer, and mobile games, board and card games, augmented and virtual reality, mobile apps, visual media, audio, and video.
Practice your design, creative, and artistic skills by making games and other media; for instance, you may be devising game features, creating characters, writing dialogue, designing interfaces, building wireframes, creating stories and storyboards, or developing game art assets.
You will be practicing technical development and information systems skills and gaining an understanding of a number of programming and scripting languages, as well as learning how to build games using common game engines like Unity.
Learn to develop collaboration and management skills by working with others to create games and other media, and through joining our active and engaged community where we play and work together.
You will practice a variety of different communication skills, including creative writing skills, technical and business writing skills, and public presentation and oral communication skills.
Learn all about the games industry and develop business skills and project management practices, as well as the career readiness skills that will help you gain internships and jobs.
Customize Your Academics for Your Career
At Marist, our "triangle approach" to education is incredibly unique. By selecting a major, you are never pigeon-holed, and are, in fact, encouraged to expand your academic path and explore new things. This approach allows you to discover your passion, harness your talent, increase your marketability, and create a career path specific to you. For our Games and Emerging Media students, these are only a few examples of the variety of career opportunities after Marist:
+ Creative Writing minor
= Game Writer
+ Graphic Design minor
= Game Animator
+ Psychology Minor
= Game Designer
+ Business or Advertising Minor
= Game Producer/Studio Manager
The Value of a Marist Education
At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.