- Games and Interactive Media Program
This program is located at the UCF Downtown campus.
The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media allows students to integrate the multiple domains of art, storytelling, and technology. It is designed to provide a solid foundation in techniques and theory in one focused area of competence, provide a broad understanding of related disciplines including arts, humanities and technology, and provide extended experience in working in multidisciplinary teams on realistic problems. Students will choose between two tracks: Game Design and Web and Social Platforms.
In the Game Design track, students learn the history, design cultural impact and implementation of video games and video game technologies. Students complete courses where they build a series of protoype, casual and longer form games throughout the semester as individuals and in teams.
Students begin with a foundation in game design theory and then apply art & programming theory to develop their own interactive games from the ground up. They are exposed to both theoretical and technological skills needed to have a long career in this fast-growing, ever-changing field.
Students work in multidisciplinary teams utilizing the skills they are most interested in applying as well as learning and developing new skill sets. They also have the opportunity to participate in game jams and meet-ups offering networking opportunities and possible job placement.
In the Web and Social Platforms track, students combine the artistic skills of graphic designers and technical skills of programmers to create compelling, innovative solutions. Students are exposed to a variety of career paths working on realistic projects within this ever growing industry.
Students in the Web and Social Platforms track learn cutting-edge design techniques, best practices and programming languages to ensure seamless transition into industry. Students obtain internships, many while still in school, at some of the most prestigious design studios in the country.
Students are encouraged to participate in showcase events to share their projects with the professional community and in UCF club events to network and become a part of the local design community.
If you are a current UCF student, you can login to MyUCF and change your major to Digital Media B.A. The Registrar’s Office provides a handout explaining how to change your major online.
DIG4713 Game Design is offered every fall semester. As a gateway course, it is designed to be difficult. Note that this course has three prerequisites:
- DIG 2109 Digital Imaging Fundamentals
- DIG 2030 Digital Video Fundamentals
- DIG 2500 Fundamentals of Interactive Design