New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

NYU Game Center to Offer MFA Degree in Game Design Beginning Fall 2012

December 14, 2011

New York University has announced that the NYU Game Center, one of the world's leading academic game programs, will offer a new Masters of Fine Arts degree beginning in Fall 2012. MFA students will explore games as a creative art form as they design and develop games within a context of rigorous scholarly study in the two-year program at the NYU Game Center.

The curriculum includes game design, game programming, visual design for games, and game criticism. The program is distinctive in looking at games across a wide variety of media, from consoles and PCs to smartphones and social networks. Over the course of two years, students will find their voices as creative practitioners working on individual and group projects, as they study the theoretical and cultural aspects of games, all within the thriving community that is the NYU Game Center. For more detailed information, visit: http://gamecenter.nyu.edu/academics/graduate.

"Games are the defining cultural form of this century and the NYU Game Center MFA is dedicated to exploring their potential," says Director Frank Lantz, "There are places to study the technical and business aspects of games, but the Game Center MFA has a unique creative focus on games for today’s platforms."

The NYU Game Center features a roster of world-class faculty, including:

  • Director Frank Lantz, well-known game designer and successful entrepreneur, an instructor at NYU for nearly two decades
  • Katherine Isbister, acclaimed researcher whose work on players was cited in Forbes, Wired, Scientific American, and NPR’s Science Friday this year
  • Jesper Juul, leading game scholar and theorist whose most recent book was selected by New Yorker magazine as one of the 5 essential books on games
  • Eric Zimmerman, veteran game designer who recently exhibited work at MoMA and co-authored the most widely-used textbook on game design

The NYU Game Center, located in the Tisch School of the Arts, houses one of the world's largest collections of videogames, and offers a busy schedule of exhibitions, tournaments, and lectures, including the annual PRACTICE: Game Design in Detail conference.

The NYU Game Center MFA was created by the Tisch School in close affiliation with NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences; the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; and Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Together with efforts like the Games for Learning Institute and the NYU Poly Game Innovation Lab, the Game Center MFA makes NYU a global leader in games.

Deadline for application for the fall 2012 term is March 1. To apply, visit: http://gamecenter.nyu.edu/academics/graduate.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Richard Pierce | (212) 998-6796

NYU Game Center to Offer MFA Degree in Game Design Beginning Fall 2012

Search News



NYU In the News

Paying It Backward: NYU Alum Funds Scholarships

The Wall Street Journal profiled Trustee Evan Chesler on why he decided to chair the Momentum fund-raising campaign.

A Nobel Prize Party: Cheese, Bubbles, and a Boson

The New Yorker talked to Professor Kyle Cranmer and graduate student Sven Kreiss about NYU’s role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, which resulted in a Nobel prize for the scientists who predicted its existence.

The World as They Knew It

The New York Times reviewed the exhibit at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World on how ancient Greeks and Romans mapped the known and unknown areas of their world.

Elite Institutions: Far More Diverse Than They Were 20 Years Ago

NYU made stronger gains over the last 20 years in increasing diversity than any other major research university, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Program Seeks to Nurture ‘Data Science Culture’
at Universities

The New York Times reported on the multi-million collaboration among NYU and two other universities to harness the potential of Big Data, including an interview with Professor Yann LeCun, director of NYU’s Center for Data Science.

NYU Footer