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Create a world of your own and invite others to play along! Learn the ropes of game design in an environment that will challenge you to power up your creativity and open doors to strengths you didn’t know you had.

Teamwork and Perks

At Villa, our 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio means students have unlimited access to the resources you need to go gold. Whether you need access to faculty, equipment, or just a team of people who get you, understand what you’re working towards and share your dedication, you’ll find it here. You can also count on our award-winning faculty. Here, they do much more than hand out grades. They’ll guide you on your quest through college, helping you meet and celebrate your milestones along the way.

Build Your Skill Set

From pre-production, to development, to modeling and texturing, Villa Maria’s Game Design program immerses you into every phase of the game design process, molding you into a strategic and creative individual who is prepared to take your talent to the professional playing field.

Grab Your Controller

…and get ready to work. Students enrolled in Villa Maria’s game design program can plan on learning by doing. Video games may begin on paper, but they end up as engaging works of art that require skill, strategy, creativity and collaboration to complete. Starting in their first semester, students take on projects that require them to go beyond the pages of a textbook and gain a true, comprehensive understanding of what it takes to design a video game.

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See for yourself.

Game designers belong at Villa. You may have passed every iteration of Zelda, but do you know what it takes to develop a game, concept to controller? From storyline to pre-production, modeling to texture, development to distribution, Viking game designers learn by doing, going far beyond textbook instruction to get the full picture of what it takes to bring a game to fruition, not to mention thrive in this growing field.

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Our Faculty 

Assistant Professor, Game Design
Jeff Werner

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Instructor, Game Design
Eddie Mas

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The Career Potential

As video games continue to grow in popularity, so does the demand for those who understand what goes into creating them.

Employment of multimedia artists and animators is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Projected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television.

The median pay for multimedia artists and animators is $70,530 per year.

The Facilities

All students enrolled in Villa’s Game Design Program will have access to our state-of-the-art Digital Media Art Center (DMAC). The space is equipped with industry-leading software including Adobe Production Premium, Microsoft Office Suite, Avid M Box, Final Cut Pro, HDTVs and more.

Students will also have access to other on-campus facilities, including:

  • Art Shop
  • Photography lighting lab
  • Stop motion studio
  • Recording studio

Game Design Industry Jobs

  • Game developer
  • Game producer
  • Game mechanic designer
  • Game writer
  • Game tester
  • Lead designer
  • Environmental designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Level designer
  • Quality assurance tester
  • Sound designer
  • Visual effects artist
  • Web designer
  • Multimedia artist and animator

Join the family.

There’s a lot of pressure to know what’s next. We’re here to say, it’s OK if you’re still figuring it out. In fact, it’s great. Villa is a place where that kind of continual discovery is prized. Because going to college isn’t about having it all figured out. It’s about inventing who you’re going to become. You’ll see.

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