Declaration Process

To be eligible to declare the Game Design Certificate, students must complete two courses prior to submitting a certificate declaration. One course is required of all prospective certificate students:

CURRIC 277 Videogames & Learning3
The second course may be selected by the student from the following options:
ART 107 Introduction to Digital Forms3
COMP SCI 200 Programming I3
COMP SCI 300 Programming II3
Students meeting the eligibility criteria who intend to complete the Game Design Certificate may find the declaration form on the School of Education's Certificate Programs page. The declaration for this certificate program can be submitted at any time during the calendar year.

Requirements of this 19-credit certificate program include both required and elective coursework. All coursework must be taken for a letter grade. If completing the entire certificate as an undergraduate student, at least 10 credits of the certificate must be earned in residence at UW–Madison. 

Students must have an overall 2.5 GPA in Game Design Certificate coursework upon completion of the certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses
CURRIC 277 Videogames & Learning3
CURRIC 357 Game Design I3
CURRIC 432 Game Design II3
ART 107 Introduction to Digital Forms3
Computer Science Elective
Select one of the following:3
Programming I
Programming II
Art Elective
Select one of the following:4
Digital Imaging Studio
3D Digital Studio I
3D Digital Studio II
Total Credits19

Certificate Completion Requirement

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Utilize the design and technical skills necessary to create games.
  2. Discuss the critical and theoretical perspectives necessary to understand the production and reception contexts in/for which they design such games.

Information about faculty, staff, and other contributions to the certificate in game design can be found on the Game Lab's website.