What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

4 years

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

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Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer.


Game Design, B.A.

The B.A. in Game Design trains interested students to integrate game arts with related advanced technology software platforms in which videogames are conceptualized, designed and created.

The team at the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) is composed of scholars and professors of practice who work with students on theory and practical industry knowledge. Our students have access to a unique group of professionals with diverse backgrounds and strengths to give them a more well-rounded education and view of the creative industry.

Students have access to professionals who are well-regarded in the industry, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and documentary filmmaker, and a professor of practice who has created cutting-edge visual effects for some of Hollywood’s biggest feature films, including "Avatar" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Students who are interested in deeper training in game programming or whose career interests might include work in the wider data sciences, might consider the B.S. in Game Development program at CMII.

Program Highlights

We have the world’s most advanced motion capture system, a new technology called volumetric capture, where no special devices or suits are needed — just yourself and 32 cameras that capture you in a 3D environment.

The cameras are set up to capture a performance in 360 degrees. This is achieved through a system called 4D Views. CMII is home to one of only nine of these systems in the world, and the first commercial installation.

We believe volumetric capture will provide the tools and content for the next generation of experiential content creators.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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Coursework in this major introduces students to the logic of game conceptualization, rendering, story boarding, leveling and more, while also preparing them to work in design platforms (for example, Blender, Unity, Unreal Engine).

CMII is partnered with the Georgia Film Academy and collaborates with GFA on related certifications in esports management.

For more details, see the course catalog.

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Key goals of the major include:

  • Development of an industry-ready and career preparatory project portfolio;
  • CMII-supported senior year internship opportunities; and
  • Senior year involvement in a collaborative design team that takes a full year’s time to create a launch-ready game.



The video game industry in Georgia continues to show strong growth while contributing to the overall strength of the economy, according to a recent report by the Georgia Game Developers Association.

The industry had produced high-quality jobs in Georgia with average base salaries, not including benefits, of about $72,000 per year in 2018 for full-time jobs. Base pay for these jobs was more than 28 percent higher than the median household income in Georgia. Full-time employees in the industry collectively earned more than $171 million in 2018 with the labor impact on the state of about $330 million.

Jobs opportunities include:

  • Multimedia artist/animator
  • Video game tester
  • Developer
  • Multimedia producer
  • Composer/musician


Director for Academic Programs
Dr. David Cheshier
Creative Media Industries Institute

Associate Professor
Dr. Ying Zhu

Creative Media Industries Institute
Department of Computer Science

25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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