GSD Minor Pathways

For the Game Studies and Design Minor, students must….

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Approved Elective Course List

*This list is not exhaustive, and it constantly changes. If you see a course that you think should be on this list, please contact the GSD Advisor. Candidate courses for inclusion will be considered on an individual basis.

Note that for any of the special topics type courses, only those topics listed on this page will count for the GSD minor. Very few 500-level courses are listed here because they are usually for graduate students only. However, sometimes undergrads can take them with special permission.

GSD 199 Independent Study (Fresh & Soph)

GSD 399 Advanced Independent Study (Junior & Senior)

Please note: Only one independent study course be count as an elective towards the minor.

ART 310 Design Thinking  

ARTD 318 Interaction Design  

ARTD 418 Advanced Interaction Design  

CI 210* Introduction to Digital Learning Environments  

CI 437 Educational Game Design  

DANC 465 Screendance  

GSD 103* The Basics of Game Design  

GSD 403 Top Down Video Game Design   

GSD 490 Video Game Dev Process   

INFO 416 Makerspace: Game Studies 

INFO 490 Escape Room Design  

GSD 409 Design & Programming of Narrative Games  

IS 145 Mapping Inequalities: Serious Games & Simulations  (Spring 2023)

IS 426 Museum Informatics  

IS 490 Playful Design Methods  

THEA 456 Properties Design  

THEA 461 Introduction to Media Design

CI 210*  Introduction to Digital Learning Environments  

CI 437 Educational Game Design  

CI 439 Critiques of Educational Technology  

CI 482 Social Learning and Multimedia  

CI 499 Attention Learning & Tech  

CI 499 Technology Apps for Teachers  

INFO 416 Makerspace: Game Studies  

IS 145 Mapping Inequalities: Serious Games & Simulations   

JOUR 430 Augmented and Virtual Reality  

MACS 496 Collaboration in Interactive and Immersive Media  

ADV 390        Content Creation  

ARTJ 301       Manga: The Art of Image and Word  

ARTJ 302       Intro to Japanese Animation  

DANC 330 Dance Documentation  

DANC 400 Viewing Dance  

JOUR 430 Augmented and Virtual Reality  

JOUR 460 Basic Video Production  

MACS 323 Film/Media Production  

MACS 326 New Media, Culture & Society    

MACS 370 Cinematography and Sound Design  

MACS 371 Editing and Postproduction for Cinema  

MACS 372 Screenwriting  

MACS 370 Cinematography and Sound Design  

MACS 480 Advanced Filmmaking  

MACS 481 Advanced Filmmaking Studio  

MACS 485 Making Video Essays  

MACS 496 Collaboration in Interactive and Immersive Media  

MACS 496 Advanced Media Practicum 

ART 310 Design Thinking  

ARTD 451      Ethics for a Designer in a Global Economy  

CI 437 Educational Game Design  

DANC 451 Social Impact thru Arts Tech  

ENGL 277 Gender in Gaming   

ENGL 253 Topics in Literature & New Media   

GSD 102* Intro to the Game Industry  

INFO 303 Writing Across Media  

INFO 416 Makerspace: Game Studies  

IS 145 Mapping Inequalities: Serious Games & Simulations  

IS 199SHG* Social History of Games & Gaming   

IS 426 Museum Informatics  

JOUR 101* Interactive Media & You  

MACS/ 326 New Media, Culture & Society   

RST199ESF Esport Foundations  

THEA 418 Devising Social Issues Theatre

DANC 268 Music Theory for Dancers  

MACS 370 Cinematography and Sound Design  

MUS 209 Acoustics for Musicians  

MUS 407 Electroacoustic Music Techniques I  

MUS 409 Electroacoustic Music Techniques II  

MUS 499 Audio Coding with SuperCollider  

MUS 499 Audio Recording Techniques I  

MUS 499 Critical Audio Listening for Audio Engineers (in dev)  

THEA 453 Theatre Sound  

THEA 455 Sound Design for Video Games  

INFO 490 Musical Informatics  

INFO 490 Computer Music 

DANC 256JT Choreographic Laboratory Intermediate  

DANC 268 Music Theory for Dancers  

DANC 330 Dance Documentation  

DANC 400 Viewing Dance  

DANC 451 Social Impact thru Arts Tech  

DANC 465 Screendance  

JOUR 430 Augmented and Virtual Reality  

MACS 370 Cinematography and Sound Design  

MACS 496 Collaboration in Interactive and Immersive Media  

THEA 409 Production Management  

THEA 418 Devising Social Issues Theatre

THEA 453 Theatre Sound  

THEA 455 Sound Design for Video Games  

THEA 456 Properties Design 

ARTD 418     Advanced Interaction Design  

CI 437 Educational Game Design 

(CS 415 Game Development  — offered Spring 2022, but awaiting approval)

CS 418 Interactive Computer Graphics  

CS 419 Production Computer Graphics  

CS 498 Video Game Development  

IS 145 Mapping Inequalities: Serious Games & Simulations 

GSD 409 Programming & Design of Narrative Games

ARTS 320       Fashion and Textile Design  

DANC 256 Choreographic Laboratory Intermediate  

DANC 451 Social Impact thru Arts Tech  

FAA 499 Escape Rooms as Interactive Theatre  

INFO 490 Computer Music   

IS 410 Storytelling  

JOUR 460 Basic Video Production  

MACS 323 Film/Media Production  

MACS 496 Collaboration in Interactive and Immersive Media  

THEA 409 Production Management  

THEA 410 Dramaturgs’ Workshop  

THEA 411 Playwrights’ Workshop  

THEA 418 Devising Social Issues Theatre  

THEA 426 History of Décor  

THEA 427 Scene Painting I  

THEA 428 Scene Painting II  

THEA 445 Costume History I  

THEA 456 Costume History II  

THEA 448 Costume Crafts  

THEA 455 Sound Design for Video Games  

THEA 456 Properties Design  

THEA 461 Introduction to Media Design  

ART 310         Design Thinking    

ARTS 340       The Art of 3D Imaging   

ART 350         Writing with Video   

ART 499         Special Topics in Art    

ARTJ 301       Manga: The Art of Image and Word  

ARTJ 302       Intro to Japanese Animation  

ARTD 318      Interaction Design    

ARTD 418      Advanced Interaction Design    

ARTD 451      Ethics for a Designer in a Global Economy   

ARTD 499      Special Topics in Design   

ARTS 320       Fashion and Textile Design   

ARTS 444       Interaction II      

ARTS 445       Special Topics in New Media    

ARTS 499       Advanced Special Topics in Studio Art  

CS 418 Interactive Computer Graphics  

CS 419 Production Computer Graphics  

JOUR 430 Augmented and Virtual Reality  

MACS 323: Film/Media Production  

MACS 496 Collaboration in Interactive and Immersive Media

ARTJ 301  Manga: The Art of Image and Word  

ARTJ 302  Intro to Japanese Animation  

ART 350 Writing with Video  

DANC 256 Choreographic Laboratory Intermediate  

DANC 451 Social Impact thru Arts Tech  

ENGL 396 Games Telling Stories  

FAA 499 Escape Rooms as Interactive Theatre  

INFO 303 Writing Across Media  

INFO 409 Design & Programming of Narrative Games   

IS 145 Mapping Inequalities: Serious Games & Simulations  

IS 410 Storytelling  

IS 357 Data Storytelling  

MACS/ 326 New Media, Culture & Society   

MACS 372 Screenwriting  

THEA 411 Playwrights’ Workshop  

THEA 418 Devising Social Issues Theatre

Courses in italics are awaiting approval as electives

RST199ESF Esport Foundations 

CHLTH 441 Health Behavior and Technology 
KIN 345 Sport and Society  
KIN 369 Coaching Strategies  
KIN 346 Case Study: Endless Summer  
KIN 442 Body Culture and Society  
KIN 474 Tech-Driven Health Intervention

If you have questions you may direct them to Dr. Judith Pintar, jpintar@illinois.edu