The Game Design Minor is available for undergraduate students with a strong interest in Game Design as an extension on their major studies and future academic and professional careers. The core of this Minor is CS/INFO 3152 and CS/INFO 4152 (Intro & Advanced Computer Game Architecture) or CS 4154 (Analytics-driven Game Design), and four additional courses that can range from Graphics and Art, the Psychology of Gaming, and Human-Computer Interaction.

Offered by: The Department of Computer Science

Administered by: The Department of Computer Science; 110 Gates Hall

Contact Person: Nicole Roy or Ryan Marchenese, 110 Gates Hall,

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in Agriculture and Life Sciences; Architecture, Art, and Planning; Arts and Sciences*; Engineering*, SC Johnson College of Business; Human Ecology; Industrial and Labor Relations may participate in the Minor.

*Computer Science majors cannot apply CS/ENGRD 2110/2112 or courses taken under the CS-rubric (with the sole exception of CS 4152 or CS 4154) to the Additional Courses requirement of the Game Design Minor. 

Educational Objectives: This minor is for students who anticipate that game design will have a prominent role to play in their academic and professional career.

For more information: Visit the website for the Game Design Initiative at Cornell.

To Apply for a Game Design Minor/Concentration:

  • Once you have completed all of the courses for the minor, or are in your final semester of study and finishing up the minor, you are eligible to have your minor requirements certified by the Department of Computer Science.
  • Download the form Application to Certify Completion of a Minor. This is a fillable PDF form.
  • Submit the completed form to the Computer Science Undergraduate office, 110E Gates Hall. (As of March 13, 2020, completed Game Design Minor forms should be submitted to and, via (secure file transfer))


To complete the minor/concentration, the student must take at least six (6) courses (18 credit minimum) chosen as follows:

Required Courses

  • CS/INFO 3152:  Introduction to Computer Game Architecture/Design
  • CS/INFO 4152: Advanced Topics in Computer Game Architecture/Design

      or CS/INFO 4154: Analytics-driven Game Design

Additional Courses - Choose four of the following courses:

  • ART 2701: Introduction to Digital Media
  • ART 3703: Digital Media: Projects in Time-Based Art
  • ART 3704: Interactive Digital Media (not offered every year)
  • ART 3708: Digital Media: Hybrid MEdia and Global Arts Practices
  • COMM 4220: Psychology of Entertainment Media
  • CS/ENGRD 2110 or CS/ENGD 2112: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures
  • CS/INFO 3300: Data-Driven Web Applications
  • CS/INFO 4152 (if not used as a Required Course): Advanced Topics in Computer Game Architecture/Design
  • CS/INFO 4154 (if not used as a Required Course):  Analytics-driven Game Design
  • CS 4620: Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • CS 4700: Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 5625: Interactive Computer Graphics
  • CS 5643: [Physically Based Animation for Computer Graphics]
  • ECE 4760: Digital Systems Design Using Microcontrollers
  • INFO/COMM 2450: Communication and Technology
  • INFO/COMM 3450: [Human-Computer Interaction Design]
  • INFO 3460: [Crowds, Communities, and Technology]
  • INFO 3660/ARTH 3650: History and Theory of Digital Art
  • INFO/COMM 4400: Advanced Human-Computer Interaction Design
  • MUSIC 2421: Performing with Computers
  • MUSIC 2701: Music and Digital Gameplay
  • MUSIC 3431/PMA 3680: Sound Design and Digital Audio
  • PMA 2730: [Introduction to Dramatic Writing]
  • PMA 3444: [Animation Workshop-Experimental & Traditional Methods]
  • PMA 3445: [Animation History and Practice]
  • PMA 3614: Creative Character Design
  • PSYCH/COGST 3420/VISST 3342: Human Perception: Graphics, Art, and Visual Display

Academic Standards: A letter grade of C or better for each course in the minor, except that for courses taken in Spring 2020, either a C- or an S will satisfy this criterion.

Note: Computer Science majors *cannot* apply CS/ENGRD 2110/2112 or courses taken under the CS-rubric (with the sole exception of CS 4152 or CS 4154) to the Additional Courses requirement of the Game Design Minor.   [ ] = course not currently offered