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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Program

Do students in the program learn programming?
What tools do you use to make games?
What kind of games do/can students make?
Can I concentration in another studio discipline?
What kind of industry connections does your department have?
What are some challenges for international students?
What is the difference between Interactive Arts (IA) vs Game Design?
Are there opportunities to study abroad?
Can students transfer from other colleges and universities?

Do students in the program learn programming?
Every student in the program will learn the basic fundamentals of programming and will be able to develop their own games. We don’t expect students to come in with any prior knowledge of programming but are happy when they do.

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What tools do you use to make games?
We use Unity which is a industry standard game engine that is free to use and can create games for just about every platform: desktop, mobile, console and VR. We program in the engine using C# and Unity has great tutorials for students which can be found here.

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What kind of games do/can students make?
The program has a broad interest in games and play and supports a wide variety of different types of games. The core of the program teaches the fundamentals of game design through tabletop, 2D games, mobile games, 3D games and VR courses. Students can also take supporting courses in other areas of game design and are encouraged to work in their own area of interest in their studios.

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Can I concentrate in another studio discipline?
Yes, most of our students do. Popular concentrations among game design students are Animation, Graphic Design and Sculpture. Some students pursue MICA's integrated double major in Humanistic Studies plus Game Design.

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What kind of industry connections does your program have?
Our department has great connections with the game industry and very strong ties to local game companies like Big Huge Games, Firaxis, Bethesda, Sparkypants and numerous other studios. MICA alumni have been working in the game industry for over 20 years and help support our graduates.

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What are some challenges for international students?
Due to the fact that so much of our course work is team based and collaborative sometimes international students who are not native English speakers or have related social anxiety around speaking struggle in group settings outside of class. International students also need more support in producing game design documents and documentation. We try to work closely to address these issues with international students and send them to support services when needed.

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What is the difference between Interactive Arts (IA) vs Game Design?
Interactive Arts is pivoting to focus more on Media Arts while still supporting the Sound Arts concentration. IA should be thought as general fine arts (GFA) for nerds or for students that want to have an arts practice that incorporates interactivity and technology as part of their practice.

Game Design is a B.F.A. that exists within the IA Department but is run out of the MICA Game Lab. While this might seem confusing, the goal is to allow the Game Lab to be an open resource for all the departments it could support and to allow it to focus on creating more external partnerships.

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Are there opportunities for study abroad?
We fully support Game Design students studying abroad but recommend that they do so in the spring of their junior year.

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Can students transfer into the program from other colleges and universities?
We love transfer students and will work hard with you advising to make sure they can transfer their credits into our department. We are also beginning to work on Articulation Agreements with several community colleges.

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This page was last updated on 07/18/2017.