Computer Game Design Admissions

Game on. In the Computer Game Design program, students use state-of-the-art technology to create their own games from day one.

senior game design expo at mason
Students in Computer Game Design program attend the Senior Game Expo, where games are played and demonstrated.

As a Computer Games Design major, you will study both the sciences and the arts in a collaborative, problem-solving environment. The program offers a BFA undergraduate degree, a Game Design minor, a minor with sports management, as well as international exchange partnerships. Students can also enroll at Mason Korea for their BFA in Computer Game Design, spending 3 years in Korea and one year in the U.S. at Mason's Fairfax campus. Another plus: the Computer Game Design program hosts the only U.S. Serious Game Institute, which focuses on game-related applied research and innovations.

How to Apply

Step One

Apply to George Mason through the Common Application or visit Mason's Admissions office for more information and to apply with the Mason Exclusive Online Application. After applying, and once you receive your G# from Admissions, you can move to step two. For current Mason students, see step two below. 

Step Two

In addition to the application to George Mason University, the Computer Game Design BFA requires the submission of two writing samples (see prompts below) and allows applicants the option to submit samples of artwork. You are strongly encouraged to submit your writing sample as soon as you receive your G# from admissions, in Step One.

Submit your materials through Slideroom. (Writing sample submission deadlines are due within two weeks of your application.)

Deadlines are as follows:

Freshmen

  • Early Action deadline (Admissions application) – November 1

    • Deadline for GAME writing prompts - November 15
  • Regular Decision deadline (Admissions application) – February 1

    • Deadline for GAME writing prompts - February 15

Transfers

  • Spring admission priority deadline (Admissions application) – October 1

    • Deadline for GAME writing prompts to be submitted within two weeks
  • Fall admission priority deadline (Admissions application) – March 1

    • Deadline for GAME writing prompts to be submitted within two weeks

Please note the following: 

The required writing sample is listed as "Portfolio" on the university application. You may see it referred to this when checking on the status of your application.

Mason Korea

Find information about admissions requirements to Mason Korea.

Submit your materials here for Mason Korea

Slideroom Application Components

Writing Prompt One

Write a 250- to 300-word essay about your interest in computer game design. Address why studying game design will help fulfill your intellectual/artistic, and professional goals, detail what industry career path interests you, and talk about how your studies will help you achieve that goal.

Writing Prompt Two

Write a 500-word review for a current computer or video game. Break down the game into its various elements and critique how they work in concert to deliver a unified experience to the player (or don't). How does the game compare with other current games in its genre? Support your claims with reasoned arguments.

OR

Write a 500-word response to an article about game culture. Find a news article or blog post that discusses race, violence, gender, or other current issues in games (please include a link). How do you see the article as relevant to your studies and future plans as a professional game designer? Do you agree with the author’s claims? Why? How might designers and players address this issue in the future?

OR

Write a 500-word “pitch” for an original game. Present an idea to potential producers/investors. Outline the mechanics, world, and characters of the game (be sure to include the title, genre, and target audience). Why would your game succeed? How is it different from other games on the market?

Minors

Computer Game Design

Portfolio reviews are not required for students wishing to pursue a minor in Computer Game Design. The Computer Game Design minor requires 18-19 credits of coursework. For more information, please visit the Computer Game Design Minor page in the university catalog.

Please contact Jeremy Tuohy (wtuohy@gmu.edu) to schedule an appointment to declare the minor.

Sport and Computer Game Design

Portfolio reviews are not required for students wishing to pursue a minor in Sport and Computer Game Design. The Sport and Computer Game Design minor requires 18-credits of coursework. For more information, please visit the Sport and Computer Game Design Minor page in the university catalog.

Please contact Craig Esherick (cesheric@gmu.edu) to schedule an appointment to declare the minor.

Visit Us

Open Houses

Applicants to the BFA in Computer Game Design program are encouraged to attend one of our program open houses. These events will allow students to meet faculty and students in our program and participate in activities related to game design and portfolio development.

Note: Students who are unable to attend an open house are still able to apply for acceptance to the Computer Game Design program.

  • Learn about and use the latest industry-level software and tools.
  • Meet with faculty and students to get answers to your questions about our program.
  • Learn tools to get started developing your portfolio for internship interviews.
  • Find out about exciting opportunities like special topics courses, the study abroad program with the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, and more info about upcoming speakers and events.

Please see our Undergraduate Open House page for current information on Open House dates.

Please contact Mary Bean by email or call 703-993-5734 to reserve your space for an open house. Space may be limited due to high demand.

Contact us

Email us or call us: 703-993-5734. Visit us at the Art and Design Building, 2019, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.