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Game Design at UC Santa Cruz

There are four degrees available to students interested in games at UC Santa Cruz:

  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science in Computer Game Design
  • Masters of Fine Arts in Digital Arts and New Media (DANM)
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Focus in Games

 

UC Santa Cruz was the first University of California campus to offer an undergraduate game degree. Its Bachelor of Science, Computer Science in Computer Game Design provides a rigorous education in computer science in concert with courses specifically focused on game design and development, plus a broad introduction to those aspects of art, music, narrative, digital media, and computer engineering most relevant to games. More on Undergraduate Study.

Graduate students at UC Santa Cruz have three degree paths available: the M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus on games, or the Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts and New Media (DANM). Graduate study generally takes place within the context of one of UCSC's well-known research labs or studios, such as the Expressive Intelligence Studio (EIS). UC Santa Cruz's graduate game programs ranked seventh in the nation in the Princeton Review/GamePro Media 2011 survey. More on Graduate Study