SMU Guildhall Specializations

Each Guildhall student selects a specialization to focus on. SMU Guildhall is the only program that offers specializations in all four cornerstones of video game development, which represent the primary roles in the video game industry:


Focusing natural talent to develop art from concept to in-engine assets, our artists use the latest tools and software to bring imagined worlds and characters to vivid life.

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As a designer, you'll use scripting and art to create worlds, craft gameplay, and define player flow. Designers use their varied perspectives to influence and guide the way users navigate games.

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Production students are servant leaders who shepherd cross-disciplinary teams of developers in a studio simulation. Producers also select a secondary sub-specialization (Art, Design or Programming). Only students enrolled in the master's degree program are eligible for the Production specialization.

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As a programmer, you'll write the code that brings characters and environments to life. Programmers study many facets of gameplay programming and game engine architecture.

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What SMU Guildhall specialization is right for you?

Take our fun quiz to get an idea of which specialization would fit your personality!

Surprised by your result? Some developers fit into multiple categories, as common interests are often shared amongst specializations. Contact us to discuss the many facets of each specialization to determine which path you should take!