Excellence in Game Development and Game Design
The Guildhall is dedicated to equipping the next generations of game creators with the knowledge and skills required to impact and shape the evolution of gaming. Our programs converge solid academic curriculum with practicum based on real-world preparation in order to prepare artists, designers, producers, and programmers for the video game and related industry.
The Guildhall at SMU offers two variations of our digital game development program: a Master of Interactive Technology (MIT) in Digital Game Development degree and a Professional Certificate in Digital Game Development. These are intense, two-year programs, during which every student builds a personal portfolio and three team game projects that are proof positive of professional-level knowledge and skills.
Specialized Learning: To facilitate the development of fine-tuned skills and knowledge, both MIT and certificate students select a specialization and focus their studies around this concentration – Art Creation, Level Design, Production (MIT program only), or Software Development.
Team Game Projects: The Guildhall uses a team-based approach much like the structure of a real game studio, in which students develop three or more games by working with their peers. During the first team game project, students in cross-disciplinary small teams develop a 2D game. Building on that project, students form medium-sized teams to design and develop a 3D game using a provided game engine and development tools. The final, formal capstone project is an original 3D game developed by larger teams consisting of artists, level designers, producers and programmers.
In addition to our two primary programs, The Guildhall offers a collaborative dual bachelor's and master's degree program for students in select SMU undergraduate programs.
Master of Interactive Technology (MIT) Degree
The Master of Interactive Technology (MIT) in Digital Game Development degree was designed by expert educators and instructional designers to meld the theory and practice of game development. The MIT degree is comprised of game-related coursework, cross-disciplinary team game production, directed individual work in the student's chosen area of specialization, and a Master’s thesis. Students in the MIT program focus on one of four (4) specializations: Art Creation, Level Design, Production or Software Development.
Because the MIT and certificate programs mirror each other in curriculum, students who have already earned a professional certificate from The Guildhall may apply for Admission with Advanced Standing into the MIT program. For more information on the Master of Interactive Technology, see the Admission Requirements for the program.
Professional Certificate in Game Development
The Professional Certificate in Digital Game Development mirrors the MIT degree program, but does not include a thesis project. Students in the certificate program choose from one of three (3) specializations: Art Creation, Level Design, and Software Development. Admission to the certificate program does not require a bachelor's degree. For more information on the Professional Certificate program, see the program Admission Requirements.
4+1 Programs: B.S. / MIT and B.F.A. / MIT
The Guildhall's 4+1 Program is a collaboration with the Lyle School's Computer Science and Engineering Department and the Meadows School's Art Division. The 4+1 Program allows Lyle computer science and Meadows art students to begin Guildhall coursework while undergraduates to get a jumpstart on earning a Master of Interactive Technology (MIT) degree.
While finishing the last term of their undergraduate coursework, 4+1 students take eight Guildhall courses according to the specialization they wish to pursue once enrolled at The Guildhall. For more information on this program and its courses, see the Admission Requirements.
Southern Methodist University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Baccalaureate, Master's, Professional, and Doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southern Methodist University.
The Guildhall at SMU programs in Digital Game Development with specializations in Art Creation and Level Design and the Master of Interactive Technology are accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).