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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Digital Game Design and Development must meet the following requirements for admission. Admission to the Master of Arts in Digital Game Design and Development is for the Fall Semester. It is recommended that an Application for Admission be submitted at least one month prior to the start of classes.

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Bachelor's degree and strong preparation in at least one of the 3 areas of program specialization:

    - Programming for Games: B.S. in Computer Science or the equivalent
    - Visual Design for Games: B.A. or B.F.A. in Digital Art and Design, Interactive Multimedia or the equivalent
    - Game Design: B.A. or B.F.A. in Game Design or in a related subject such as English, theatre, film, psychology or education

    Students may be admitted with a more general undergraduate degree coupled with considerable practical experience, at the discretion of the Program Director.
  • Personal interview with the Program Director will be required. Once your application and support materials have been reviewed, you will be contacted for an interview with the Program Director.
  • Candidates for entrance to the program must have a basic level of computer literacy. They should be familiar with the PC or Macintosh platform and have experience with two or more of the following: word-processing, HTML, digital imaging, digital illustration, digital video or MIDI.
  • Submit a Personal Statement that describes your work as it relates to the program, and state what you wish to accomplish in your studies here. Any relevant professional experience should also be described in this statement. A GRE is not necessary.
  • Submit one piece of writing that demonstrates ability to think critically (academic paper, article, etc.) and examples of work that demonstrate competence in individual area of expertise: games, levels/mods of existing games, artwork, interface/web design, etc. Send links, DVD or flash drive.
  • Submit two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Send application materials to:

Graduate Admissions
LIU Post
Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 805
Randolph, MA 02368-0805

The portfolio should be mailed to:

(Please include your name, phone number and email address as well as the Program of Study and Degree applying for on portfolio)

School of Visual and Performing Arts – Dean’s Office  
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300
Phone: (516) 299-2395
E-mail: Post-SVPA@liu.edu