Game design has greatly influenced other areas of design through motivating and engaging play experiences. At Parsons, our BFA Design and Technology students become skillful game designers addressing important cultural contexts — designing games to explore activism, social change, scientific and informational visualization and education.
Connecting the dots
Parsons connects game design to a broader worldview. Here students work with designers of all creative domains, including interaction design, installation art and exhibit design, and experimental performance. Students are encouraged to establish their own unique game design pipeline and become a motivating, engaging, and persuasive play master. Our alumni and faculty have taken their game designs into countless artistic and socially relevant forums all around the world, from entrepreneurial independent game development in New York to disaster education in remote villages of South Africa (see PETlab).
The application of game play and game design is a powerful force in pioneering new digital experiences, and the BFA Design and Technology program equips those interested in this field with the skills they need to succeed.
The platform shift toward online, mobile, and casual gaming has led to a revolution in creative gaming methods. Studies in immersive, multi-player, and mobile gaming platforms, such as the iPhone, iPad, and Android, provide students with valuable learning experiences in these ubiquitous technologies.
Parsons participates in initiatives like Quest to Learn, a public school that integrates digital tools and game design with traditional learning methods, and Games for Change, a nonprofit that develops games aimed at producing positive social outcomes. These projects illustrate a commitment to and engagement with the growing use of games in many parts of society.
At the Gaming Epicenter
New York is the epicenter of new gaming trends. The city features many mobile media and gaming development houses and a massive independent game developers community. Parsons plays a leading role in that community as host school for the northeast chapter of the Independent Game Developers Association (IDGA).