48 months
11936 USD/year
11936 USD/year
8834 USD/year
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Split between The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences, this interdisciplinary Computer Game Design program from Dakota State University is for ambitious students who want to work in the highly competitive gaming industry, or similar fields. 


This demanding Computer Game Design program from Dakota State University requires you to tap into your computer science and digital design skills. The approach is project-based. You'll build your communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. All the while gaining hands-on experience with digital games, mobile apps, websites, simulations, and more. Learn about specific tools and processes used within the game creating world. Discover programming languages, 3D modeling, and 2D graphics. Integrate game mechanics, narrative, aesthetics, and technology to craft interesting and effective player experiences.

The program is cost-effective and one of the few in our region, so you're guaranteed an education that prepares you for your post-college career. The skills you develop while earning your Computer Game Design degree will leave you prepared for many careers, not just game design.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the BS degree in Computer Game Design, students will:

  • Be prepared to contribute to interactive, multimedia software design and development projects, such as digital games, mobile apps, websites, educational software, interactive architectural models, marketing software, and simulations
  • Be prepared to work effectively on interdisciplinary teams, with appropriate communication, teamwork, and process skills using collaboration tools as appropriate
  • Know some specific tools and processes applicable to game development or similar software efforts, but more importantly graduates will be prepared to quickly and readily apply the principles they have learned to use new or updated tools and processes for similar purposes. Graduates will have applied agile processes while using specific tools, including: multiple game engines, multiple programming languages, 3d modeling, 2d graphics (both raster and vector), web-programming tools, and version control systems

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Data Structures 
  • Advanced Data Structures 
  • Level Design 
  • Project Development
  • Game Design Core Experience
  • Game Design 
  • Game Programming Tools

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

In order to demonstrate your academic ability to meet the academic challenges at DSU, you’ll need to meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Maintain an above-average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" (2.60 on a 4.00 GPA scale)
  • Be in the top 60% of your class 
  • Get an ACT composite score of 18 or above, or get an SAT score of 950 or above with subscores of at least 480 on the Math and 450 on the Critical Reading

Submit original academic transcripts

  • Your academic transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached.

Be proficient in English

  • If you’re not a native speaker of English, you must demonstrate proficiency in English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5968 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    11936 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5968 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    8834 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4417 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Madison

850 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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