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Games and Playable Media

In IMM, we view playable media as an important form of expression and a 21st-century vehicle for the Liberal Arts. We recognize that games have the potential to connect all corners of our campus and engage many disciplines: art, programming, writing, design, music, and more. Here, you will be challenged to design games and apply them to a range of goals and situations, from interrogating real-world problems to spreading joy through playful social experiences. Along the way, you’ll learn how to work with professional game development tools, build individual and team projects, and cultivate essential prototyping and playtesting habits through a playcentric design process. Practically speaking, what this means is that we consider our audience and design playable media that includes users in the process throughout, no matter what screen (or no screen) that we design for. This area of study has been consistently recognized nationally for excellence, including a 2019 national ranking among the top 25 schools that offer a Bachelor of Arts in Game Design and the top 3 programs in New Jersey, according to the Animation Career Review. For more information, please see: https://news.tcnj.edu/2020/01/27/fresh-approach-to-alcohol-education/

Courses Offered:

  • IMM 120 – INTRO TO INTERACTIVE COMPUTING

  • IMM 270 – SPECIAL TOPIC: GAME STUDIES AND DESIGN

  • IMM 270 – SPECIAL TOPIC: DELIGHTFUL LITTLE GAMES

  • IMM 360 – GAMES I: DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE

  • IMM 391 – INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GAME DESIGN

  • IMM 460 – GAMES II: IMPLEMENTATION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT