Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Game Studies Certificate

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Course Requirements

Three Game Studies Core courses (10-12 credits)

Total Credits Required for Certificate: 31-36

Academic Requirements

  • The certificate is awarded concurrently upon completion of all program requirements and completion of a bachelor’s degree at the University at Buffalo. It cannot be awarded as a standalone certificate program even after the student has earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must have a 2.500 GPA in the Introductory Courses (DMS 110   or DMS 121  and DMS 259   )

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • critically engage with scholarship relating to the history, theory and analysis of games, game culture, gender and diversity.
  • evaluate genres of video games and critically relate them to controversial cultural issues.
  • apply a formal iterative design process for a game, including prototyping and playtesting.
  • analyze the structural elements of a game and how they contribute (or not) to the success of the game.


(HEGIS: , CIP09.0102 Mass Communication/ Media Studies)


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