Requirements-MFA-in-Game-Design

Master of Fine Arts - Coming Fall 2017

Game Design



Course Legend

Curriculum Requirements

No course labeled as Introductory in any other program may be substituted for any other course at any level.

First Year
Fall Quarter
GAM 420
GAM 424
Winter Quarter
GAM 430
GAM 520
Spring Quarter
GAM 440
1 Focus Area Elective
Second Year
Fall Quarter
GAM 540
GAM 530
Winter Quarter
GAM 550
1 Focus Area Elective
Spring Quarter
GAM 600
1 Focus Area Elective
Third Year
Fall Quarter
GAM 600
1 Focus Area Elective
Winter Quarter
GAM 600
1 Focus Area Elective
GAM 600 must be taken 3 times.
Focus Area Electives
Focus Area Electives include any graduate level GAM, ANI, DC, GD, EXP, ISM, GPH, or VFX courses. Students should work with their faculty advisor to select a grouping of Focus Area Electives that will best serve the student's professional trajectory.
MFA Thesis Proposal and Development
In parallel to taking Incubation Studio in Winter quarter of their second year to prepare their Thesis proposal, students must solicit a Thesis committee consisting of 2-3 members. At the end of the Incubation Studio each student's Thesis committee assesses their progress and provides feedback and guidance on the Thesis proposal. By the beginning of Spring quarter the Thesis committee will have given feedback and students will have had the opportunity to revise their Thesis proposal. With their Thesis committee's approval candidates can enter Thesis Studio Spring quarter to begin their Thesis project. Candidates continue Thesis development through Thesis Studio courses taken in the Fall and Winter quarters of their third year. In addition to work completed in the Thesis Studio courses students are required to provide quarterly evidence of progress, iteration, and refinement to their Thesis committee in the form of playable prototypes, proof of concept papers, or other appropriate means. The forum to present progress is in an end-of-quarter critique with the entire third-year cohort and all Thesis committee faculty in attendance.
MFA Thesis Showcase and Defense
Candidates will turn in a final draft of their completed Thesis project by the end of the Winter quarter of the third year and be required to publicly show their work in the annual MFA showcase or exhibit their work in a juried venue. The candidate will defend the Thesis before the Thesis committee who will review the Thesis project to decide whether the candidate should be awarded the degree. If the committee does not deem the project ready for approval, the student will be given notes and asked to resubmit their project. Students may resubmit up to three times. If a student's project is not deemed passable after the fourth time, the student will not receive the MFA. Students have eighteen months from the submission of their first draft to obtain the committee's approval or the degree will not be awarded.

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 64 graduate credit hours in the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Satisfactorily complete the MFA thesis as determined by the student's MFA Advisor Committee.
  • Students cannot count credit earned towards a previously awarded master's or MFA degree toward the completion of this MFA program.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.