The Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Games Studies exposes students to all three phases of the game industry: business, technology and digital creation. However, this major reflects the interactive game industry’s acknowledgment of its growing need for producers schooled in a more liberal arts background, yet fully competent in game design.
The BA in Interactive Games Studies rounds out a student's studies with increased emphasis on liberal arts curricula focusing on digital art, intermediate programming and scripting, and interactive storytelling. There's also another complete level of Game Design courses. Round out your education with savvy business and marketing courses tailored to the digital media and game industry.
What’s more, you’ll earn your degree in a hub of the video industry — Austin, Texas — where some of the most prominent studios and developers are located, such as SONY Online Entertainment, Electronic Arts, BioWare, Disney Interactive Studios, NCSoft, Aspyr Media and Zynga.
This program equips you with the skills to create your own video games or join a team of game developers in a wide range of specialized roles. Unleash your creative talents on developing audio effects, art and animation, and written materials such as in-game dialogue and design documents. Learn to build and program the games you design.
With a BA in Interactive Games Studies, you’ll be prepared to work with game developers as well as publishers. You could pursue a variety of roles, including a QA analyst for Zynga or Aspyr, a writer for Austin-based BioWare, or an associate animator for Disney Interactive. Or you could even start your own studio.
To increase employment opportunities, many graduates pursue advanced degrees in related creative fields. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s University and time spent in classes and local game industry events such as South by Southwest Interactive Conference (SXSW), Fantastic Fest, Fantastic Arcade and the Austin-based Game Developer’s Conference Online — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.
As a BA in Interactive Games Studies major, you’ll divide your learning between technical game development and conceptual creativity, resulting in a broad understanding of the artistic, written, design and programming aspects of interactive game production. You’ll create playable portfolio games in our Game Design Studio, using industry-standard game-creation tools and software. As a result, you’ll have a solid, diverse skill set and the portfolio to prove it to potential employers.