Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Game Design (Minors) (GAMEDSNMIN)The Media School

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


Students will learn the fundamental skills of game technology and design. These include basic programming, game design principles and project development skills. Courses in the minor present a sequence of increasingly complex problems that game design students solve as they move from basic concepts to game prototypes. These include a basic literacy with different forms of games; a fundamental understanding of game engines and other software tools that enable interactivity; an introduction to the principles of game design; production and management in a multidisciplinary media creation environment; and basic asset creation in visual and auditory media. The basic skills involved in making an effective game can be applied to many different fields, including history, computer science, and education.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Game Design Foundations.
    1. Introduction to Games. One (1) course:
    2. Foundations Electives. One (1) course:
      • INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I
  2. Game Design Developmental Skills.
    1. Game Production I. One (1) course:
    2. Game Design I. One (1) course:
    3. Game Art and Sound. One (1) course:
  3. Electives. One (1) course:
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.