Undergraduate Degree - Games and Interactive Media

Program:
Games and Interactive Media
Program Code:
6377 Games and Interactive Media
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FS20
College:
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department:
Department of Media and Information
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Media and Information

Undergraduate Programs
Games and Interactive Media

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Games and Interactive Media create and examine the design process, production, management, artistry, and effects of video games, board games, AR/VR, and emerging interactive media. Faculty will mentor students in the learning process to think critically about and design innovative games that serve to entertain, educate, and address societal concerns.

Students will be prepared for careers within industry that include an ever-evolving array of project managers, programmers, 3D artists and animators, concept artists, storytelling/narrative writers, and designers of characters, virtual/augmented reality, and immersive content.

Admission

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Games and Interactive Media, students must have:
  1. Completed 28 credits.
  2. Completed the following courses with a combined minimum grade-point average of 2.5:
    CAS    116    Media Sketching and Graphics                 3
    CAS    117    Games and Interactivity                            3
    MI        101    Understanding Media and Information     3
    MTH    103    College Algebra                                        3
    Or
    MTH    116    College Algebra and Trigonometry           5
  3. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.0.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Games and Interactive Media
  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Games and Interactive Media.
    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Games and Interactive Media major is met by completing one of the following courses: Media and Information 402, 430, 447, 477, 482, 484, 486, or 498 .  Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major (36 credits):
    a. All of the following courses (12 credits):
    CAS 116 Media Sketching and Graphics 3
    CAS 117 Games and Interactivity 3
    MI 101 Understanding Media and Information 3
    MI 339 Games and Society 3
    b. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
    MI 201 Introduction to Information Science 3
    MI 220 Methods for Understanding Users 3
    MI 301 Bringing Media to Market 3
    MI 305 Media and Information Policy 3
    MI 355 Media and Information Research 3
    c. Six courses with four courses from the same focus area and at least one course from a different focus area (18 credits):
    Game Design
    MI 230 Game Design 3
    MI 330 Game Level Design 3
    MI 332 Game Interface Design 3
    MI 334 eSports and Online Broadcasting 3
    MI 344 Sound Design for Cinema, Television, and Games 3
    MI 402 Topics in Game Studies 3
    MI 430 Game Writing (W) 3
    MI 445 Game Design and Development I 3
    MI 455 Game Design and Development II 3
    MI 482 Building Virtual Worlds (W) 3
    MI 486 Serious Game Design (W) 3
    MI 497 Game Design Studio 3
    MI 498 Collaborative Game Design (W) 3
    Games Graphics and Animation
    MI 227 Concept Design for Games, Film, and TV 3
    MI 247 Three-Dimensional Graphics and Design 3
    MI 327 Advanced Concept Design for Games, Film, and TV 3
    MI 337 Compositing and Special Effects 3
    MI 347 Advanced Three-Dimensional Computer Animation 3
    MI 377 Advanced 3D Modeling 3
    MI 447 Graphics and Animation Portfolio (W) 3
    MI 477 Character Design (W) 3
    Game Development
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II 4
    MI 231 Game and Interactive Media Development 3
    MI 349 Web Design and Development 3
    MI 431 Advanced Game Development 3
    MI 449 Advanced Web Development and Database Management 3
    MI 482 Building Virtual Worlds (W) 3
    MI 484 Building Innovative Interfaces (W) 3
    MTH 314 Matrix Algebra with Computational Applications 3
    d. Media and Information (MI) Electives.
    Additional credits in department courses can be taken as electives. Special topics (MI 491) and Internships (MI 493) are encouraged for experiential learning opportunities. Students interested in pursuing a minor should contact the Academic and Student Affairs Office in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.


 
Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Games and Interactive Media, BA (6377)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS20

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB117, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH4: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH101, MTH102
At least 1 course from STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH101, MTH102, MTH103, MTH103WAIV
MTH5: 3 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103A, MTH103B
At least 1 course from MTH101, MTH102, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Games and Interactive Media - Media Sketching and Graphics
Major - Games and Interactive Media - Media Sketching and Graphics: 1 course from CAS116

Requirement 12: Major - Games and Interactive Media - Games and Interactivity
Major - Games and Interactive Media - Games and Interactivity: 1 course from CAS117

Requirement 13: Major - Games and Interactive Media - Understanding Media and Information
Major - Games and Interactive Media - Understanding Media and Information: 1 course from MI101

Requirement 14: Major - Games and Interactive Media - Games and Society
Major - Games and Interactive Media - Games and Society: 1 course from MI339

Requirement 15: Major - Games and Interactive Media - MI Selection
Major - Games and Interactive Media - MI Selection: 2 courses from MI201, MI220, MI301, MI305, MI355

Requirement 16: Major - Games and Interactive Media - Focus Area
Major - Games and Interactive Media - Focus Area: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Game Graphics and Animation: 6 courses
At least 4 courses from MI227, MI247, MI327, MI337, MI347, MI377, MI447, MI477
At least 1 course from MI230, MI330, MI332, MI334, MI344, MI402, MI430, MI445, MI455, MI482, MI486, MI497, MI498, CSE231, CSE232, MI231, MI349, MI431, MI449, MI482, MI484, MTH314
Game Development: 6 courses
At least 4 courses from CSE231, CSE232, MI231, MI349, MI431, MI449, MI482, MI484, MTH314
At least 1 course from MI230, MI330, MI332, MI334, MI344, MI402, MI430, MI445, MI455, MI482, MI486, MI497, MI498, MI227, MI247, MI327, MI337, MI347, MI377, MI447, MI477
Game Design: 6 courses
At least 4 courses from MI230, MI330, MI332, MI334, MI344, MI402, MI430, MI445, MI455, MI482, MI486, MI497, MI498
At least 1 course from MI227, MI247, MI327, MI337, MI347, MI377, MI447, MI477, CSE231, CSE232, MI231, MI349, MI431, MI449, MI482, MI484, MTH314

Requirement 17: College Distribution - Credits Outside of CCAS
College Distribution - Credits Outside of CCAS: 60 credits from courses given outside the College of Communication Arts & Sciences.

Requirement 18: College Distribution Requirement at 300/400 Level
College Distribution Requirement at 300/400 Level: 40 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 19: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 20: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.