Games are a form of communication through playful experiences.
Game designers are artists who plan and create games for players.
Game developers are engineers who build, refine and prepare games for distribution.
In the past twenty years, games have evolved into much more than things that amuse and entertain us. Game designers communicate ideas, beliefs, and values through the design of analog, digital, and live-action experiences.
Through play, today’s designers can explore social, cultural, and environmental issues while innovating on and challenging the conventions and assumptions embedded in existing games.
Such designers exhibit a diverse skillset, drawing on their creativity and critical thinking as they work individually and collaboratively with various tools, technologies, and stakeholders to develop a game from concept to end product.
The next generation of game designers will use gameplay to push the medium forward, exploring, expanding, and innovating how games engage players, share experiences, and transform lives.
At Laurier, we are focused on educating that next generation.
Situated in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, our Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts (BFAA) emphasizes game design as a means of communication through playful experiences.
Students in the program begin by learning how designers make and communicate meaning through games, with courses in critical play, games as art, and meaningful interactions. They then apply those skills to the design and development of games that purposefully communicate ideas, beliefs, and values in a variety of areas—including analog, digital, and live-action game design. Our senior capstone course allows students to explore and articulate their own ideas in a long-form project, where they create games that ask meaningful questions—questions about games, play, and society.
Students wishing to go beyond coursework have several experiential learning opportunities. The faculty at Laurier hire students to work on research project with real-world applications. Here are some examples:
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