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Student with a controller in the Video Game Studies concentration at Curry CollegeThe 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.

Course Requirements and Information

Required (3 credits each):

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). A student who has an interest and/or career goals in a specific area of communication may pursue a concentration in that area. Suggested course groupings for each specific concentration are listed in their respective areas. Students may use appropriate courses, among the nine courses required for the major, to meet the requirements for a specific concentration.

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 - COM Faculty

Corporate Communication - Professor Sinnott

Film - Professor Ritch

Multimedia Sports Journalism - Professor Lemberg

Public Relations - Professor Whitten

Radio/Audio Production - Professor Frank

Television/Digital Video - Professor Gibbs

Theatre - Professor Holbrook

Video Game Studies - Professor MacDougall

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