The Exploration Program is your starting point for figuring out your career in games. Freshmen and first-year sophomores attend twice a week. Students explore different positions within the industry in preparation to choose a concentration for the Fellowship program, or decide to study something outside of games but continue their involvement through the recreation program.
Students work outside the classroom in groups to create games or work on esports productions. These projects help students develop a portfolio of work and learn to create as a team. Students are able to show their work at conventions alongside professional developers, and run live events open to the public!
Professional development consists of weekly workshops, including resume writing, portfolio development, LinkedIn help, interview preparation, project management, current industry news discussion, and lectures from visiting game developers. It also involves monthly networking trips and industry functions, all of which are free to attend!
Students (if age eligible) begin working towards the Bronze Medal Congressional Award as one part of the components of our leadership development experience. Learn more about student leadership in EGD here.
Eligibility for EXP includes:
Freshman or sophomore standing
Active EGD Membership
6 hours a week free to dedicate to the program
Exploration Certificate Requirements:
Formerly FYF. Awarded once at the end of the year.
75% attendance rate
All Exploration materials satisfactorily completed
All networking activities completed
Positive team reviews
Participation in a 2-day overnight trip
At the end of their first semester, students are able to declare their intention to become a fellowship candidate and begin their academic concentration early.