Go Beyond the Game

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.

Transferable Skills

  • Adaptability
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Time Management
  • Storytelling

Admission Requirements

Learn more about Rider’s application process.

How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Facts & Figures

*Source: Newzoo.com   **Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

9.3%

annual revenue growth in the gaming industry*

2.6

billion gamers in 2020*

$75,270

median salary for multimedia artists in 2019**

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Major 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

How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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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.

Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for game & interactive media design?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.

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