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Continuing to playtest different role-playing systems as an undergraduate and starting to collect video games, systems, and memorabilia in graduate school only deepened his interest in the field. This ultimately lead to his dissertation examining the historical and economic relationship between the video game and film industries.   Over the course of his teaching career, Dr. Hall has had many opportunities to interact with students from a multitude of diverse backgrounds, from economically disadvantaged minority students in high school to Japanese elementary and middle school students to the wide variety of individuals that constitute the student bodies of public state universities as well as private colleges. He has found that each student brings a rich set of experiences that can be used to enhance the learning experience for everyone involved. He believes that the acquisition of an education should foster both professional and personal growth. 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Chair, Game Design Department Associate Professor of Game Design
Assistant Professor of Game Design
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Course Requirements 2021/2022
Bachelor of Arts in Game Design
Minor in Game Design
Bachelor of Arts in Game Design
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 48
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 30
Total 128
Minor in Game Design
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.A. in Game Design
Requirements for Minor in Game Design
Requirements for B.A. in Game Design
Course Course Title Credits
COM 1110 Human Communication 4
COM 1450 Media Law and Literacy 2
COM 3450 Media Law and Ethics 2
GAM 1000 Introduction to Game Design 4
GAM 1111 AAA Game Development Tools 4
GAM 2252 Theory and Design of Games 4
GAM 3342 Theory and Criticism of Games 4
GAM 3352 Game Development 4
GAM 4492 Collaborative Game Design and Development 4
Select 16 credits from the following list of course electives:
GAM 1112 Indie Game Development Tools 2
GAM 2222 Games and Society 4
GAM 2272 Games Industries and Organizations 4
GAM 2282 Players, Gamers, and Game Cultures 4
GAM 3000 Game-Based Workshop 1-2
GAM 3302 Narrative and Interactive Fiction 4
GAM 3312 Principles and Practices of Interactivity 4
GAM 3332 Animation for Video Games 4
GAM 3362 Puzzle, Obstacle, and Level Design 4
GAM/WGS 3372 Games and Identity 4
GAM 3432 Character Design 4
GAM 3442 User-Interface Design 4
GAM 4412 Digital Game Prototyping 4
GAM 4432 3D Modeling for Video Games 4
GAM 4444 Independent Study 4
GAM 2881/3881/4881 Special Topics 1-4
GAM 4811 Internship 4
GAM XXXX Travel Study 4
Course Descriptions
Requirements for Minor in Game Design
Course Course Title Credits
GAM 2252 Theory and Design of Games 4
Select 16 credits from the following list. At least 8 credits must be at the 3000 level or above.
GAM 1000 Introduction to Game Design 4
GAM 1111 AAA Game Development Tools 4
GAM 1112 Indie Game Development Tools 2
GAM 2222 Games and Society 4
GAM 2272 Games Industries and Organizations 4
GAM 2282 Players, Gamers, and Game Cultures 4
GAM 2881, 3881, 4881 Special Topics 1-4
GAM 3302 Narrative and Interactive Fiction 4
GAM 3312 Principles and Practices of Interactivity 4
GAM 3332 Animation for Video Games 4
GAM 3342 Theory and Criticism of Games 4
GAM 3352 Game Development 4
GAM 3362 Puzzle, Obstacle, and Level Design 4
GAM/WGS 3372 Games and Identity 4
GAM 3432 Character Design 4
GAM 3442 User-Interface Design 4
GAM 4412 Digital Game Prototyping 4
GAM 4432 3D Modeling for Video Games 4
GAM 4492 Collaborative Game Design and Development 4
GAM 4810-4816 Internship 4
GAM XXXX Travel Study 4
Course Descriptions
Career Opportunities
Game Design students create compelling interactive experiences. Our students are storytellers, critics, artists, advocates and entrepreneurs. Most students are technologically adept and artistically inclined, but above all else they enjoy playing, making and modifying games. Graduates find employment in the commercial game industry and the rapidly expanding market for serious game development and are equipped to be game journalists, testers, designers, marketers and writers.

High Point University alumni are working in advertising and public relations agencies, radio and television stations and are producing corporate and theatrical media throughout the nation. A number of our graduates have gone on to earn Ph.D.s in communication and other fields, while others have chosen to attend graduate and law school. Other careers open through this major include:
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