Overview

Northeastern’s new Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) in Games emphasizes the creative side of game development. The program includes a wide array of game design, fine art, and critical practice courses, as well as training in the business aspects of running a game studio, such as project management and fundraising.

The focus of the degree is critical analysis and creative, reflective practice in the emerging field of “indie” games, geared towards developing games and playful media for an independent and fine arts context.

Students will complete the program over four years with the option of two summer co-ops. They may also:

  • Choose specific concentrations, such as visual arts
  • Combine the BFA with a minor in another field, such as journalism, computer science or psychology. Note: Only one additional course is required to complete an Entrepreneurship Minor
  • Minor in Games while majoring in another degree

Curriculum

Students will take 128 SH to complete the degree with the option of two four-month summer co-ops.

Year 1

Fall
ARTF1000 Art+Design @ Northeastern
ARTF1122 2D Foundation (4)
ARTF1123 2D Tools (1)
ARTH of Choice (4)
GAME2500 Foundations of Game Design (4)
ENGW1111 College Writing (4)

Total Credits: 17

Spring
GAME1110 Games & Society (4)
GAME1111 Recitation (0)
GAME1850 Experimental Game Design (4)
ARTF2223 Interactive Foundations (4)
ARTF2224 Interactive Tools (1)
1 CORE Elective (4)

Total Credits: 17

Year 2

Fall
GAME2010 The Business of Games (4)
GAME3700 Rapid Idea Prototyping for Games (4)
ARTG 2260 Programming Basics (4)
MATH1260 Math Fundamentals (4)

Total Credits: 16

Spring
GAME2350 Games as Theatre (4)
GAME2650 Intro Game Research Methods (4)
GAME2950 Game Studio (4)
GAME2750 Game Theory & Criticism (4)

Total Credits: 16

Summer 1/2
Co-Op

Year 3

Fall
ENGL330X Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (4)
1 CORE Elective (4)
1 OPEN GAME Elective (4)
1 GAME Elective from this list:

  • GAME2755 Games & Social Justice (4)
  • GAME2355 Narrative for Games (4)
  • GAME3055 Playful Design (4)

Total Credits: 16 


Spring
GAME3800 Game Concepts & Development (4)
1 OPEN GAME Elective (4)
1 GAME Elective (4)
1 GAME Elective from this list:

  • ARTG3250 Physical Computing (4)
  • GAME4155 Designing Imaginary Worlds (4)
  • GAME4255 Generative Game Design (4)

Summer 1/2

Co-Op

Year 4

Fall
GAME4700 Capstone 1 (4)
ENTR2301 Innovation (4)
1 Open Elective (4)
1 GAME Elective (4)

Total Credits: 16 


Spring
GAME4701 Capstone 2 (4)
ENTR3305 Business Modeling for Entrepreneurs (4)
1 CORE Elective (4)
1 OPEN Elective (4)

Total Credits: 16 


Additional Electives new to Game program offerings:

  • GAME3355 Game Scripting
  • GAME4055 Motivational Game Design