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.

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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"

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National Championships

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


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

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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.

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Some Companies That Hire Our Graduates

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  • July 22, 2020

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    RIT’s MAGIC Center and Vicarious Visions sign agreement to expand collaborations

    RIT’s MAGIC Center and Vicarious Visions (VV), a game studio well-known for some of the industry’s most iconic franchises, have signed a partnership agreement that will include new collaborations and scholarship opportunities for students in RIT's Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and College of Art and Design.

  • June 30, 2020

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    Matt Huenerfauth named director of iSchool in GCCIS

    Matt Huenerfauth, a professor and expert in computing accessibility research, has been named director of RIT’s iSchool (School of Information). Huenerfauth takes the helm Aug. 1 from Stephen Zilora, who is stepping down after eight years of leadership.

  • June 2, 2020

    screengrab from opening to video game The Peresmeshnik: an interactive fiction by Sean Arnold.

    Pandemic inspires student to create interactive narrative game about isolation

    In a new game created by an RIT student, players must navigate paranoia and loneliness in order to make it off an isolated ship alive. Sean Arnold ’20 (game design and development) was inspired by his experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic to create an interactive narrative game called The Peresmeshnik.

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