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Game Studies Certificate - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: , CIP: 09.0102 Mass Communication/ Media Studies)

Department of Media Study

231 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6020

Thomas H. Feeley

Bradley Hendricks
Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Game Studies Certificate Program

Transfer Credit Policy

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

(Must have a 2.500 GPA in the prerequisite courses)

DMS 110 Programming for Digital Art or DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts or DMS 155 Intro to New Media
DMS 259 Intro to Media Analysis

Required Courses

Core Courses
Students must choose 3 of the following 4 options:

ART 425 Designed Play
DMS 448 Games, Gender and Culture
DMS 462 Game Design
Art 499 or DMS 499 Independent Study (Note: This option is a capstone project, yielding a game or research paper, and if selected it must be taken after the other courses.) 

Minimum of four courses or 13 credits of approved electives

Note: The certificate is awarded concurrently upon completion of all program requirements and completion of a bachelor's degree at the University at Buffalo. It cannot be awarded as a standalone certificate program even after the student has earned a bachelor's degree.


Total Credit Hours Required

Total credits required for the Game Studies Certificate
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 36

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or minor requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Aug 16, 2022 15:20:45