Study Games and Interactive Media at Azusa Pacific University
You’ll learn to build games of all types, integrating the iterative process of storytelling, game mechanics, art, sound, and more. You’ll collaborate with a community of students engaged in cinema, animation, art, design, and computer science. You’ll learn from supportive faculty-mentors who work in the industry. APU’s proximity to the multimedia industry hub of Los Angeles gives you the opportunity to capitalize on the department’s connections with video game companies such as Blizzard, EA, and Square Enix.
Program at a Glance
The School of Visual and Performing Arts develops students’ talents through rich artistic experiences and comprehensive training in their chosen artistic discipline.
Gain Hands-on Experience
- Create multiple games from inception to completion, building a dynamic digital portfolio in real time.
- Participate in the development process from preproduction to postproduction and beyond.
- Learn animation techniques, game theory, programming, story and character development, sound design, and environmental design from industry professionals.
- Develop proficiency in industry-leading game engines, with programming support for distribution on multiple platforms.
By the Numbers
Bring your creative ideas to life as you prepare for an innovative career in the games and interactive media industries. This immersive degree program is a confluence of story and play; we believe that truth may be found in both.
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How to Apply
- Complete your APU Undergraduate Application
- Select Cinematic Arts: Games and Interactive Media, BA as your major
- When prompted, complete your Games and Interactive Media Application via Get Acceptd
Games and Interactive Media Scholarship Application Requirements
Plan a Visit
Applicants are encouraged to visit a class or meet with one of our professors. Just fill out a COTA Visitation Form to visit us virtually! We look forward to meeting you.
For questions about the application process, contact the Department of Cinematic Arts at [email protected].
General Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Select an option below:
College of the Arts Cinematic Arts Scholarship
The Cinematic Arts Scholarship is a talent-based scholarship available to select incoming undergraduate students enrolled in the:
- BA in Animation and Visual Effects
- BA in Cinematic Arts
- BFA in Cinematic Arts Production
- BA in Games and Interactive Media
- BA in Screenwriting
Learn more about the Cinematic Arts Scholarship and how to apply.
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APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.
Scholarships and Grants
Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.
Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.
Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.
Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.
On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.
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Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Career Outlooks and Outcomes
APU's Games and Interactive Media Hosts Global Game Jam
Each year, APU games and interactive media students participate in the Global Game Jam with community members, forming teams to design and build games in just 24-hours.