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Rensselaer Catalog 2015-2016 
Rensselaer Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

Games Studies Minor

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This interdisciplinary minor is comprised of current courses offered within the Departments of Arts, Cognitive Science, and Communication and Media.

The required course that constitutes the core of this interdisciplinary minor is:
• Introduction to Game Design

In addition, take three courses chosen from within any of the participating departments:

Arts considers games and simulation as newly evolving genres stemming from cinema, animation, interactivity, and digital media. Using creative hands-on studio practice combined with collaborative team work, alternate gaming paradigms and emerging forms are encouraged.

•Experimental Game Design

• Approved Independent Study Course

• Art for Interactive Media

Cognitive Science follows the industry philosophy and approach using teams to foster strong collaborations, especially in making “synthetic characters.”

• Game Artificial Intelligence
• Game Architecture
• Game Mechanics
• Game Development I

Communication and Media analyzes games aesthetics and game design like character development and game experience.

• Character and Story for Games

• Interactive Narrative

• Introduction to Game Production

• History and Culture of Games

• Writing for Games I

• Writing for Games II



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