Game and Emergent Technology Minor

Why Study Game and Emergent Technology at Wilkes?

Want to design the next hot video game or create your own immersive, virtual world? Wilkes University’s 18-credit minor in game and emergent technology introduces students to video game history, design and implementation. Invent new worlds or add digital elements to photos or videos with emergent technologies such as virtual and augmented reality.

Courses prepare students for a range of interactive/immersive careers in game design, production, visualization, 3-D simulation, and other content creation environments. In addition to gaming, the skills learned in this minor can be applied in simulation and training careers. Industries employing immersive experiences for training purposes include:

  • video gaming
  • education
  • engineering
  • military
  • aviation
  • manufacturing

Opportunities for educators, engineers, designers, and other creators are expanding as new technology allows for enhanced visualization and immersive exploration. 

What Will You Learn as a Digital Design and Media Art Major?

  • visual storytelling;
  • interactive programming languages;
  • content creation software and game development engines;
  • implement interactive scenarios in a game engine;
  • produce playable applications in both 2-D and 3-D environments;
  •  fundamentals of VR/AR concepts and their real-world applications.

Program Highlights

Hands-on courses in our state-of-the-art design studio allow you to graduate with a portfolio of interactive creative work. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend or present work at industry conferences such as the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH). 


Game and emergent technology courses may be taken as a cognate minor for the digital design and media art major, or as a minor compatible with engineering, computer science, mathematics or other majors.

Required Courses:

  • IM 120 Foundations of Game Design
  • IM 210 Introduction to Game Development (2-D)
  • IM 310 Advanced Game Development (3-D)
  • IM 330 Virtual Environments and Emergent Technology
  • IM 350 3-Dimensional Environments and Animation
  • IM 368 3-Dimensional Game Development

Eric Ruggiero
Chair, Department of Integrative Media, Art and Design