Game Design and Development

At RIT, you are at the forefront of game creation–and you’ll originate the next big thing with the best in the business. With world-class faculty and the most modern makerspace in the region–the MAGIC Center–you’ll find yourself immersed in an imaginative, inventive environment where any gaming idea you have can become a reality.

Students playing video game

Our game design and development programs at RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences are nationally ranked. And with a portfolio of academic programs covering areas as diverse as digital media, digital design, game production, game engine programming, interactive entertainment, storytelling, character and plot development, animation, and more, you’ll be empowered to explore the vibrant entertainment technology landscape. Whether you find yourself drawn to coding and programming or story development and character design, you’ll graduate ready for a dynamic career in the professional games industry or a related field, such as simulation, edutainment, or visualization.

Nationally Recognized

Top 10

"Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2020"

Princeton Review

3

National Championships

RIT’s eSports Team has won three national championships in the games Dota 2, Dropzone, and Rainbow Six: Siege 

#3

Global Gaming League ranked RIT 3rd in the inaugural Top Gaming Colleges survey

Faces of RIT

In Demand: Outstanding Outcomes

$63K

Undergraduate Median Starting Salary

86%

Undergraduate Outcomes Rate

$73K

Graduate Median Starting Salary

100%

Graduate Outcomes Rate

A Digital Playground for Students (and Companies)

MAGIC Spell Studios

Develop and publish digital media—games, apps, films, art installations, and interactives—and grow your ideas into products and companies. Five state-of-the-art classrooms enable students to engage in hands-on learning in game design, 2D and 3D animation, and digital design. Students learn on the same hardware and software platforms used in industry while honing their technical and creative skills. And, they get to work alongside professionals from film, animation, television, 3D entertainment, gaming, and more. A fully outfitted sound stage and post-production studios further enhance learning and allow faculty to introduce real-world film, animation, and digital media workflows to the classroom. It’s a fully-immersive experience for RIT students.

Visit MAGIC Spell Studios

Typical Job Titles

Some Companies That Hire Our Graduates

Apple Logo
Microsoft Logo
Blizzard Entertainment Logo
EA Games Logo
Epic Games Logo
Warner Bros. Entertainment Logo
Zynga Logo
Fuji Film North America Logo
Target Logo
Wayfair Logo
Lockheed Martin Logo
Thomson Reuters Logo

Related Stories

  • March 31, 2020

    Richard Newman and Lisa Hermsen.

    Podcast: Experiencing History Where it Happened  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 34: Studying history is more than poring over textbooks and old documents. History Professor Richard Newman and humanities Professor Lisa Hermsen talk about place-based learning, which gets students into the community to experience where the history happened.

  • March 31, 2020

    Madeleine Rabil.

    Alumni Update: Role with game developer took root at RIT

    During a 2008 visit to RIT while she was in high school, Madeleine Rabil ’13 (3D digital graphics) learned that the university’s then-called College of Imaging Arts and Sciences had just announced the creation of a new major for incoming students focusing on 3D as a medium. “I knew immediately that RIT was where I needed to be,” she says.

  • March 4, 2020

    Faculty Shaun Foster works on the computer in his office.

    Professor immersed in grant from Epic Games

    Shaun Foster, undergraduate program director of 3D Digital Design, is exploring the multidisciplinary possibilities of a game engine developed by the creators of Fortnite and other popular titles. 

  • March 4, 2020

    rollercoaster made of colorful K'Nex pieces.

    Imagine RIT gives students a stage

    The annual festival, now in its 13th year, is a showcase day for RIT. But Imagine RIT isn’t just a one-day celebration. Every day, RIT students, faculty and staff are working to pair technology, art and design in ways that move the world forward.

Campus tour walking across campus

Accepted Student Open House

The information you need. The support you want.
March 28 | April 4

Aerial view of Global Village - RIT Campus

Personal Campus Visit

Visit RIT for a tour, personal interview, or attend an info session.

See for Yourself

Aerial view of Global Village - RIT Campus

Personal Campus Visit

Visit RIT for a tour, personal interview, or attend an info session.