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The Reed College of Media and College of Creative Arts will merge to form the new WVU College of Creative Arts and Media as of July 1, 2024. Get details.

Game Design and Interactive Media

Are you creative and love all things tech? Does uncharted territory excite you? Professionals in this field use graphics, animation, apps and more to create interactive audiovisual media experiences, from mobile phone apps to video game production and beyond.

What is it?

People are digesting news and stories through digital platforms, social media apps and augmented and virtual reality. Technology is evolving and opening up new opportunities for creative storytelling. Game Design and Interactive Media professionals combine skills in writing, design, animation, coding, filmmaking and gaming. They specialize in finding innovative ways to reach audiences, which may require collaborating with computer scientists to build games or journalists to design interactive web experiences.

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Graphic Designer

Multimedia Artist or Animator

Video Game Designer

Art Director

What You’ll Learn

There is a growing demand for interactive audiovisual media experiences, mobile application and video game production. Students in this interdisciplinary program are exposed to the latest innovations in digital media to create visually stunning and timely interactive experiences.

The Game Design and Interactive Media major is a hybrid program of the College of Creative Arts and Reed College of Media, which means you get the best of both worlds. Learn how to tell effective and engaging stories through courses in the College of Media and learn the principles of art and design at the College of Creative Arts. Mix in a couple coding courses, and you’ll be ready to tackle any new medium in any industry.

Coursework will expose students to the history, guiding principles, ethics, diversity and cultural issues related to design, technology and interactive media. And, skills-based courses will provide students with ample hands-on opportunities in the technologies and design thinking relevant to digital, interactive platforms.

Hone your creative and analytical skills to evolve with this ever-changing industry. Be prepared for a career as a project manager, multimedia artist, interactive media developer/communicator, animator or web designer.

WVU Game Design and Interactive Media students intern with companies like:

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Find your Niche

The WVU Reed College of Media hosts a variety of student organizations. These clubs offer students opportunities to engage in University activities and connect with other students and professionals nationwide.

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Maxwell Shavers

chases opportunities in the media field that go beyond just one medium. He has worked in digital marketing for WVU’s LaunchLab, as a reporter for U92, the WVU campus radio station, and as a photographer for BrandJRNY and Mirage Magazine.

Academic Advisors

Emily Roush 

Emily Roush

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