Program overview

Understand games from inside out and develop the core design and creative storytelling expertise and gain an in-depth understanding of the writing, art, gameplay, audio, music and animation skills needed to create immersive and interactive games.

*Source: Statista **Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

3.2

billion gamers worldwide in 2021*

7,800

job openings on average each year for the next decade**

$78,790

median salary for multimedia artists in 2021**

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Program requirements

The game and interactive media design major combines coursework in design, communication, computer science and other disciplines.

From player to designer

Game and interactive media design is a multibillion-dollar industry leading to high demand careers for out-of-the-box thinkers who can turn their dreams into exciting, immersive experiences. After graduation, you may find yourself working for play in one of these many career paths.

Common careers:

  • Animator
  • Visual artist/designer
  • 3D modeling artist
  • Game designer/Level designer
  • Writer
  • Audio/sound effects developer
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I chose the Game and Interactive Media Design program because it gave me the option to choose a concentration in either music, narrative, or visual design. Programming doesn’t interest me, but writing does, so being able to concentrate in narrative design highly appealed to me."
Nichole Hall
Class of 2023

Work for play

Put theory to practice, starting in your freshman year, using our industry-standard software and design suites in our new, state-of-the-art game design labs. Then, bring your vision to the marketplace as Rider’s central Jersey location offers unparalleled access to internships in New York City and Philadelphia — two thriving centers of established and start-up gaming companies.

Transferable skills:

  • Adaptability
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Time management
  • Storytelling
Students in Game Lab discussing a design on the computer

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.

Contact

Game & Interactive Media Design (B.A.)

Wil Lindsay

Assistant Professor II and Program Director for Game & Interactive Media Design

Fine Arts Building

wlindsay [at] rider.edu

609-895-5588

Moore Library in spring