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The Video Game Studies concentration provides students with insight into the cultural phenomenon of gaming, its historical underpinnings and the economic and business aspects of this multi-billion dollar industry. Students will also explore scripting, story development, sound techniques and editing used in video gaming and other media industries.

The Digital/Video Gaming industry is expansive, with careers in development, design, marketing/PR, audio, scripting and more.   It accounts for more than $52 billion in economic impact each year, worldwide.  According to a report by Mass DIGI, nearly 70% of American households play games on everything from consoles to laptops to smart phones and mobile devices.

In Massachusetts, the Digital Game Industry represents as much as $2 billion in gross annual sales within the state's growing creative economy. More than 75 digital games companies attract and employ, directly and indirectly, more than 4,000 people-representing one of the larger digital games clusters in the nation.  And each spring Boston hosts PAX East, a digital gaming conference that attracts nearly 70,000 professionals from around the world to Massachusetts.

While many know video gaming through home gaming devices, there are numerous roles for gaming in medical, educational and corporate entities too.  Researchers have effectively used gaming programs to help students learn challenging concepts in a more engaging way or to help train doctors to use high tech surgical devices.

Students with interests in marketing and public relations may also find aspects of this industry exciting to study, because promoting popular titles requires expertise in those areas as well.

Other COM Concentrations:

You may also create your own concentration through our Individually Initiated Concentration option. Examples of IICs include photojournalism, event planning, and political media management.

Semester in LA, NYC, and DC

Curry students can apply for a once in a lifetime experience – a semester away. Our students have lent their talents to Hollywood movie sets, to NBC, and even The White House. They’ve set the stage for the crime scenes on CBS’s Criminal Minds, and have learned how Jimmy Kimmel keeps us all laughing. These are just a few of the incredible opportunities available when you choose Curry.

The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many Communication industry careers include:

  • Actor
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Audio Engineer
  • Buyer
  • Editor
  • Events Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Play-by-Play Announcer
  • PR Director
  • Producer
  • Radio Broadcaster
  • Social Media Manager
  • Speech Writer
  • Television Reporter

Our Alumni in the Field

Our students and alumni are leading the way at:

  • Barstool Sports
  • Boston Casting, Inc.
  • Boston Globe
  • Boston Herald
  • CVS Health
  • ESPN
  • iHeart Media Boston
  • Kiss 108
  • MLB.com
  • NASA
  • NESN
  • Raytheon BBN Technologies
  • Reebok International
  • Wayfair
  • And more!

Required:

COM 2640 Video Games: A Cultural History 3
COM 3645 Video Games: Theory and Analysis 3
COM 2761 Digital Video Editing 3
COM 2762 Digital Audio Production: Pro Tools 3
AC 2250 Game Creation I 3
COM 3450 Internship in Video Gaming 3


Choose one of the following:

COM 2220 Screenwriting for Film and Television 3
COM 2476 Scriptwriting 3
Total: 21

All Communication majors must declare a concentration by the time they reach the end of their third semester (must have earned a minimum of 40 credits). Suggested course groupings for each specific concentration are listed in their respective areas. Students may use appropriate courses, among the courses required for the major, to meet the requirements for a specific concentration.

Students who are unable to complete a concentration will graduate as a Communication generalist.

Students who have a career interest in an area not included in our concentrations may choose to pursue an Individually Initiated Concentration, and will work with a faculty advisor to craft the necessary selection of courses.

Concentration Areas with Advisors:

Communication Studies - Professor Barrett

Film - Professor Gibbs

Multimedia Journalism - Professor Gibbs

Public Relations/Corporate Communication -  Professor Wrigley (PR)/Professor Sinnott (Corporate)

Radio/Audio Production - Professor Carberry

Television/Digital Video - Professor Gibbs

Theatre - Professor Holbrook

Video Game Studies - Professor Kagan

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The Internship Program at Curry College offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of career paths by learning about their interests, skills, strengths, and values while acquiring course credits.

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WMLN is completely student-run, under the supervision of Director of Radio, Professor Alan Frank. Students can get involved in a variety of positions from day one on campus - and even host their own shows!

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CC8 is Curry College's television station, housed in our state-of-the-art Hirsh Communication Center on campus. Students can work in a variety of positions at CC8 through our TV Practicum course.

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The Currier Times is Curry College's student-produced digital news publication. Students have the opportunity to blog, cover breaking campus news, write features, and produce photo slideshows, podcasts, and videos.

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CCPRSA

The purpose of the Curry College Public Relations Student Association is to increase the knowledge of the public relations profession and to provide students with opportunities and skills for the future.

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Semester Away

Not only do Curry students have endless internship opportunities in the Boston market, but we also offer study away programs in D.C., L.A., and N.Y.C.

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COM Scholars

COM Scholars is a select group of students who want to get a jump start on internships in the Communication field, enjoy special connections with industry leaders, and more!

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COM Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta is a highly selective international honors society for students who have declared an interest in the field of communication and who have achieved a high level of academic excellence.

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Study Abroad

Along with institutional partnerships, you can create your own Study Abroad opportunity, or go global with our own faculty members as part of our Short-term, Faculty-led Courses.

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First-Year Experience

Making the transition to college can be a little confusing and lot of fun. Your First-Year Experience at Curry College helps smooth out the bumps and puts you on the path to success.

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Honors Program

Building on the theme of "culture and identity," the Curry College Honors Program prepares students to be leaders in the profession and in the community.

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Gen Ed

At the heart of Curry College's undergraduate curriculum is our General Education (Gen Ed) Program. Gen Ed is based on our belief in the power and potential of the liberal arts.

Take the next step

We're excited you're considering our outstanding Curry College academic programs and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.