Note: The "Video Game Design and Management" minor is being updated effective Fall 2022. The new minor is called "Video Game Production", and will have adjusted requirements. If you have declared a Video Game Design and Management minor prior to Fall 2022, please reach out to itpadvising@usc.edu for your remaining requirements, or if you have any questions or concerns.

Video Game Production

Design levels, gameplay, mechanics and learn the storytelling methods used by professionals in the video game industry.

Learn about:
Image
Skills
  • Level design
  • UI design
  • Game mechanics
  • Project management
  • Usability testing
Careers
  • Game Designer
  • Tester
  • Producer

Requirements

  • All minors at USC need 16 units that only meet minor requirements and do not meet any other major, minor, or GE requirement.
  • All courses completed for your minor or specialization must be completed for a letter grade.
  • You must earn a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in the courses completed for your minor or specialization.

Minor (16 units)
Core Requirements (10 units):
  • ITP-180 “Video Game Production” (2 units) 
  • ITP-181 “Video Game QA Management” (2 units)
  • ITP-393 “Video Game Project Management” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-180]
  • CTIN-409 “Producing Interactive Projects” (2 units)
Electives (6 units):
  • ACCT-380 "Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management” (4 units)
  • BUAD-304 "Organizational Behavior and Leadership" (2 units)
  • BUAD-315 "Basics of Project and Operations Management for Non-Majors"(2 units)
  • COMM-320 Basics of Project and Operations Management for Non-Majors (4 units)
  • CTIN-190 "Introduction to Interactive Entertainment" (4 units)
  • CTIN-291 "Advanced Games Crew" (2 units)
  • CTIN-482 "Designing Social Games" (2-4 units) 
  • ISE-315 "Engineering Project Management" (3 units)
  • ITP-249 "Introduction to Data Analytics" (4 units)
  • MOR-473 "Design and Leading Teams" (4 units)

If you register for ITP-499 "Video Game Production" (2 units), please reach out to an advisor at itpadvising@usc.edu. This class will not automatically appear on your STARS report and will have to be manually added.

 

 


Specialization (10 units)
Core Requirements (8 units):
  • ITP-180 “Video Game Production” (2 units) 
  • ITP-181 “Video Game QA Management” (2 units)
  • ITP-393 “Video Game Project Management” (4 units) [prerequisite: ITP-180]
Electives (2 units):
    • CTIN-409 “Producing Interactive Projects” (2 units)
    • BUAD-304 "Organizational Behavior and Leadership" (2 units)

      BUAD-315 "Basics of Project and Operations Management for Non-Majors"(2 units)
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    • CTIN-291 "Advanced Games Crew" (2 units)

    • CTIN-482 "Designing Social Games" (2-4 units) 
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Course Plan

Use the chart below to plan your course schedule to complete your minor. Pay careful attention to prerequisites. Make sure you consult with your major advisor about how best to incorporate the requirements for your minor with your major and general education requirements.

Please contact our academic advisors with questions about course sequencing, departmental clearance and course substitutions.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Next steps

How can I add this program?

Apply online

Current USC students can use our online application to declare a minor or specialization. Your application will be processed within 4 to 9 business days, and you will be notified at your official USC email address of your admission to the program of your choice.

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Contact us with questions

If you have a question about the program, you're welcome to write to us or schedule an advisement appointment. We can help you navigate our program requirements and resources and refer you to other offices as needed.

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Published on June 2nd, 2017

Last updated on May 16th, 2022