Game Design and Music with concentration in Music Technology, BS

The Game Design and Music combined major with a concentration in Music Technology prepares students to manage all aspects of music and sound design integral to the creative process in Game Design. Students focus on the digital sound technologies, audiovisual integration techniques and collaborative skills, grounded in real-world experience, that are necessary to apply one’s musical imagination effectively in a game design environment. Also emphasized are the aesthetic, expressive, psychological and social perspectives essential to meaningful engagement across a broad range of applications in the game industry.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), and Analyzing/Using Data (AD), Interpreting Culture (IC), Natural/Designed World (ND), Difference/Diversity (DD), Writing Intensive (WI), and Capstone Experience(CE) are met through the major course requirements. All other NUpath requirements must be met through electives.

Game Design Courses

ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Game Design Required
GAME 1110Games and Society4
GAME 2500Foundations of Game Design4
GAME 2950Game Studio4
GAME 3400Level Design and Game Architecture4
GAME 3700Rapid Idea Prototyping for Games4
GAME 3800Game Concept Development and Production4
Game Design Electives
Complete one of the following:
GAME 1850Experimental Game Design4
or GAME 3300 Game Interface Design
Art + Design Electives
Complete three courses from the following:12
Any course in ARTD, ARTE, ARTF, ARTG, ARTH, and GAME subject areas as long as prerequisites have been met.

Music Requirements

Music Theory and Composition
MUSC 1201Music Theory 14
MUSC 1202Music Theory 24
Complete two of the following:8
Algebra and Geometry of Music
Music Perception and Cognition
Music Analysis Seminar
Music in Context
MUSC 1001Music in Everyday Life4
Complete one from the following:4
Black Popular Music
Popular Music Since 1945
40,000 Years of Music Technology
Sounding Human
Topics in Music since 1900
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Music Technology Requirements
MUSC 2350Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Music4
MUST 1220Introduction to Music Technology4
MUST 2431Computer Music Fundamentals4
Music Technology Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Music and the Brain Research
Sound Design
Composition for Electronic Instruments
Special Topics in Music Technology
Interactive Music Programming

Integrative Requirement

Note: MUSC 1220 is already required in the Music Technology Requirements section
Introduction to Music Technology
MUST 4611Music Technology Capstone/Senior Recital4
GAME 4700Game Design Capstone4

Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 90 semester hours in the major.

Music Technology Major Grade Requirement

Students must maintain at least a 2.667 GPA (B- average) in the requirements of the music half of the combined major and also complete all required music courses with grades of at least C. Students who fail to meet the above standards will be placed on departmental probation; those who remain on probation for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required