I'm an incoming freshman! Do I have to wait until after my first semester?
You do not. It's actually highly suggested that you apply as soon as you commit to a college. You do not need to choose a concentration until your sophomore year, so apply early!
If you have already been accepted into any CUNY community college or senior college, you may apply to the CUNY section the program.
My GPA is under a 2.8. Can I still apply?
Yes! We will accept students into the program conditionally. The 2.8 GPA requirement is a hard requirement for the CUNY section, and a soft requirement for the National section. Students in the National section that are able to pursue individualized study programs may have higher or lower GPA requirements than a 2.8, and we will review on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that acceptance into the CUNY section of GSP or EMP does not guarentee acceptance into CUNY BA. We will work with you to and help you raise your GPA.
I am a part time student. Can I still apply?
Yes! Please list your expected graduation semester in your application so we can place you in the correct studio group or academic plan.
I'm over 90 credits (senior standing) and just found out about this! Can I still apply?
Students applying to the National Section with a strong track record of experiences in their chosen discipline will be admitted with senior standing credits on a case-by-case basis. We ask that seniors applying to the National Section submit their resume.
For CUNY students in their final semester of school, we suggest completing your current degree, applying to become a second degree student at a CUNY college, and then applying to GSP or EMP as a second degree student. Seniors in relevant adjacent degrees will only be admitted dependant on program needs. We will send out notifications in September if there are any spaces available for seniors.
Why should I study games?
Games are *everywhere* these days. You can't be a kid and not play Minecraft, VR/AR are the newest things in the tech sector, esports are selling out stadiums, and everyone from hospitals to opera houses are using games to engage and interact. Games are the newest form of storytelling and art, but also at the forefront of research breakthroughs. They're changing how we live, work, and play. We're on the brink of a social revolution!
How much time will I need to dedicate to the program?
You should expect ~6 hours a week. This includes your night section (and Wednesday afternoons for first-year students), trips, and group/solo work. Hours will vary from week to week, but you will know far in advance!
How viable is this career path anyways?
The industry is an infamously hard place to break in to (and stay in). Jobs openings for game developers in AAA are hard to find, but jobs in other gaming-related fields are growing (especially in VR/AR). Today's definitions of a video game and video game creator are completely different than they were - and there are so many more ways to work in games than AAA these days! There's the infamous indie side hustle, a boom in the demand in academia, and many non-game companies, nonprofits, and even the government are now hiring game designers! There are also adjacent fields in tech, media, and the arts that your degree will prepare you to pursue as well - you're just learning those skills through the lense of game development and esports! And we won't leave you hanging. We assist with internship and job placements.
Can I be in both GSP and EMP?
If you are in the CUNY section, you will need to pursue a dual concentration. Please see "CUNY Section" FAQ for more info about pursing a dual concentration.
Where and when do the programs happen?
First-year fellows (FYF) in both the National and CUNY section meet virtually Wednesdays from 1-3PM ET in addition to their night section.
National EMP meets Tuesday nights from 9-10PM ET virtually.
National GSP meets Wednesday nights from 9-10PM ET virtually.
CUNY EMP meets every other Thursday night from 7-9PM ET in-person.
CUNY GSP meets every other Friday night from 7-9PM ET in-person.
Are there any costs associated with the program?
EGD's Fellowship programs are free for EGD voting members. If you are not an EGD member, acceptance into the program will be contingent on you becoming an EGD voting member, which costs $10 a year.
I'm not sure what concentration I want to pursue yet!
You can safely be undecided until around 60 credits (end of your sophomore year)! Although we push students to pick a concentration after 30 (end of freshman year) so you can begin foundational courses, many concentrations share core classes - so you won't fall behind if you need another year to figure it out.
What if I want to focus on two things?
Careers in games generally require high specialization. A dual concentration will function in your academic plan as a double major, so you come out highly skilled in both areas of interest. Dual concentrations will require more planning, so if you want to pursue it, it's best you start your studies before 60 credits (end of sophomore year). You will need two faculty mentors, one for each concentration.
For CUNY Section students, you can do a dual concentration through CUNY BA.
So are concentrations majors? Or...
They might be! We will work with you to find the degree program at your school that most closely aligns with your career goals. If your college does not have an official program related to your chosen concentration, many schools have an interdisciplinary program - you most likely will be studying within that department.
CUNY Section Concentrations are not official majors, but are basically the same! You will be awarded a Bachelors of Arts or a Bachelors of Science, and degrees are accredited and conferred by the CUNY Graduate Center, and you will list your concentration name on your resume where your major would be.
Can I switch concentrations?
Switching your concentration is just as hard as switching your major. It is possible, but you may need to take an extra semester or two depending on how far into your studies you are. If you are unsure about which concentration you'd like to pursue, we reccommend not declaring it outright and taking the time to work with our advisors to figure it out!
I missed the deadline. What now?
Your application will be processed for the next upcoming semester! We accept Fall students up until the last week of September, and Spring students up until the last week of January. You can request an appointment with an advisor before applying if your course registration date is coming up soon!
Do I need to have a faculty mentor before applying?
Nope! We'll work with you to find an advisor.
How do I know if my application has been recieved?
We process applications in batches every month over the summer, and every other month during the semester. If you have not recieved an email after 60 days, shoot us an email!
I have a religious obligation on Friday nights. Can I still be in the CUNY Section of GSP?
Yes! GSP runs on Friday nights because most students end their courses ~5PM on Fridays. If you have religious obligations, please note that in your application and we will excuse you from participating on those days. Although Friday nights are a main component of the program, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to take advantage of!
What if I don't ever make it into CUNY BA?
This should not be the case if games are something you really want to pursue. Students with a low GPA are often in their first year of study, or were taking classes/majoring in something they did not have an affinity for or enjoy. We'll help you find your calling and raise your GPA if you've had a rough semester (or a few). You may need to take an extra semester or so to get back on track, but you can do it!
Why do we run through CUNY BA, and why should you be excited about it?
- CUNY BA students are highly motivated; the average GPA of entering students is 3.35.
CUNY BA accepts most credits students have previously taken (up to 90, including military, IB and AP credits) and apply them to degree requirements. Students know their remaining degree requirements on their first day in CUNY BA! Enrolled students can apply for life experience credits.
You’ll be able to apply for financial aid and scholarships at your home college. You’ll also be able to apply for CUNY BA's scholarships!
Not only is CUNY the most affordable university in New York, with so many flexible options for earning credit through CUNY BA, it's the most cost-effective.
Students enrolled in a CUNY community college can apply to CUNY BA and start working on their B.A. or B.S. degrees immediately. Up to 68 community college credits can be accepted.
Enjoy all the benefits of your home college and CUNY BA!
Each student works with a full-time CUNY faculty member and a designated academic advisor. CUNY BA offers workshops on applying to graduate school, applying for major fellowships, studying abroad, and others based on student interest.
Students have access to CUNY courses in all five NYC boroughs, in addition to amazing internship opportunities.
Select the courses that interest you most. Take advantage of independent study, internships, honors courses, study abroad, graduate-level courses and credit-by-exam. Go to school part- or full-time; day, night, weekend or online.
Get the degree that will work for you: 80% of CUNY BA alumni report they are working in positions related to their self-designed areas of concentration! And 99% say they enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
I'm a Macaulay Honors College student. Can I still apply?
Yes! CUNY BA awards joint degrees with MHC.
Is EGD officially affiliated with CUNY or CUNY BA?
No. The EGD Collective is an independant nonprofit organization, run by some very dedicated CUNY students and alumni! We work to remove barriers in games communities and makie the industry a more accessible academic and career opportunity for all. EGD supports casual gaming communities, as well as aspiring and early-career games professionals by powering public-facing student-led organizations on state college and university campuses. EGD provide free events, educational programming, and support systems to help students navigate through academic, financial, and emotional crises - ensuring students can complete their education and are prepared to establish healthy workplace boundaries in whichever field they choose. The first EGD member college was founded at CUNY Hunter College in 2016, and we've been here ever since!