The Game Studio Program is our competitive game development program open to all students at Hunter College and the 7 CUNY community colleges, regardless of major, class standing, or experience level. Students are placed into teams of 5-7 to create games in an environment that replicates an indie studio.
First-Year Participants: Wednesdays 1-3PM
All Participants: Fridays 7-8PM
The program requires an average of 6 hours of participation a week. This includes time dedicated to in-person group work with your team, professional development workshops, trips, program-wide activities, and any other solo/group work times you schedule with your team.
All participants receive 1-on-1 academic advising each semester, internship search and grad school application assistance, and portfolio reviews. Students also participate in professional development workshops, networking trips, and international game design competitions. In the past, our students were able to meet John Gonzales (narrative director for Fallout: New Vegas, Horizon: Zero Dawn), attend the official launch party for Just Cause 4 and meet the team leads, and showcase their games alongside 65 professional game developers in a convention exhibit hall.
A Support System
As a chapter of the International Game Developers Association, students in our program also can take advantage of our connections to professionals in both AAA and indie design studios, regardless of if they are currently an IGDA member. Participants also enjoy all of the benefits of our regular members, including access to our 100+ textbook library, 600+ game library, study groups and tutoring for MEDIA, MEDP, and CSCI classes, discounts on software and industry event tickets, mental health and crisis support resources, and more.
Students at all levels are encouraged to apply, however, we strongly suggest applying within your first 3 semesters of undergraduate study to take full advantage of the program. Graduate students are should apply before they enter their final year. Students are separated by both graduation year and experience level, and will stay with the same studio until they graduate. Sophomores and above will need to declare an area to focus their study.
Media majors at Hunter College may receive academic credit for their time in the program (will replace a class in your schedule). We encourage all students in other majors to double major in Emerging Media through this program. Participating students in CUNY community colleges will receive assistance transferring to Hunter upon receiving their associate's degree.
It really allowed me to continue my creative works... I'm pretty sure being a part of the Game Studio Program helped me get my internship at Kickstarter.
Creative Writing & Emerging Media Major
So many people were able to play our game and give us really good advice. Not only did we take that constructive criticism to make the game better, we're using it to further our talents.
Computer Science & Emerging Media Major
It gives you the resources and the community to push yourself and to allow you to pursue something you may have only dreamed of.