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Game Design and Development BS

Aspire to a career within the professional games industry or a related field such as simulation, edutainment, or visualization in this nationally ranked game design degree.

Program skills

By the end of the 2nd year, students will have worked individually and collaboratively in C#, Unity, and C++, developing a portfolio of games and prototypes. Students continue in their 3rd and 4th years using and building game engines using a variety of tools and programming languages. Courses cover game physics, tools development, graphics APIs, software practices, mobile development, advanced systems concepts, console development, production, and other specialties that students can choose.

Program facilities equipment

Students can access facilities found throughout the College of Computing and the MAGIC building. These labs are equipped with a variety hardware from Alienware® to ensure a mix of several processor types, hardware configurations, the Adobe® and Autodesk® production suites, the Android Studio IDE, MacOS computer hardware, the Xcode IDE, graphics boards from competing vendors in a true development and testing environment, and other industry standard development tools.

Program job titles reported

Game Developer; Game Designer; Mechanic Designer; Level Designer; Programmer; Modeler; Audio Programmer; Producer; Quality Assurance Tester; Technical Artist; User Interface Programmer; Tools Programmer; Network Programmer; Graphics Programmer; Artificial Intelligence Programmer; Lead Programmer; Developer; Software Engineer; Mobile Engineer; Interactive Developer

Select program hiring partners

Amazon, Blizzard Entertainment, Bottomline Technologies, EagleDream Technologies, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Google, iDTech, M&T Bank, MITRE, NASA, Northrup Grumman, Oxide Games, PerBlue, Playstation, Target, Vicarious Visions, Walt Disney Company, Wayfair, Wegmans Food Markets


  • Aerospace

  • Defense

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Internet and Software

  • Journalism, Media, and Publishing

  • Movies, TV, and Music

  • Telecommunications

  • Transportation and Logistics


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 82.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 8.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 82.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 8.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

Students in the game design degree are required to complete two blocks of cooperative education experience.