The Game and Interactive Media Design degree introduces students to the cutting edge of visual communication arts and the latest in the interactive digital technology sciences. The program prepares students for work in the video game and entertainment industries as well as a broad range of fields requiring skills in animation, simulation, programming, web design, editing, mobile application development, interactive environment construction, and story formation.

Curriculum

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.

Freshman

Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1 3
Science with Lab1 4 Social Sciences1 3
MATH 1113 College Algebra 3 ART 1403 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART 1001 Introduction to Art 1 ART 2213 Digital Skills for the Graphic Designer 3
ART 1303 Introduction to Drawing 3 COMS 1403 Orientation to Computing, Information, and Technology 3
COMS 1411 Computer and Information Science Lab 1
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16

Sophomore

Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1 3
ENGL 2043 Introduction to Creative Writing OR COMM 3163 Writing for Performance 3 U.S. History/Government1 3
ART 2223 History of Digital Art 3 Science with Lab1 4
ART 3253 Digital Illustration 3 GAME 2003 Digital 3-D Foundations 3
COMS 2104 Foundations of Computer Programming I 4 COMS 2203 Foundations of Computer Programming II 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16

Junior

Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Communication1 3 Social Sciences1 3
ART 4623 Animation Techniques 3 ART 2303 Figure Drawing OR ART 3303 Drawing Studio I OR ART 4233 Illustration Studio 3
GAME 3013 Game Development I 3 GAME 3023 Game Development II 3
GAME 4263 3D Modeling 3 GAME 4633 3D Animation 3
Elective2 3 GAME 4803 Game Design Theory 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15

Senior

Fall Spring
GAME 4013 Senior Game Project I 3 GAME 4023 Senior Game Project II 3
Elective2 12 GAME 4901 Professional Portfolio 1
Elective2 9
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2At least 40 upper-level hours are required.

Unconditional Admission Requirements

Arkansas Tech University does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, race, age, national origin, religion, or disability in any of its practices, policies, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admission, employment, financial aid, or educational services. Arkansas Tech University complies with all applicable state and federal laws including, but not limited to, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended,Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1974, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. The Affirmative Action Office, Administration Building, Suite 212, has been designated to coordinate compliance efforts.

Important Dates
Priority Spring Application Deadline: January 1
Priority Fall Application Deadline: August 1

Entering Freshman / New Student:

New students to Arkansas Tech University must submit an application for admission, college entrance exam scores, a record documenting completion of secondary requirements, and proof of immunization documenting 2 MMR. If you have concurrent college credit, an official transcript from that institution is required. For Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, original score reports or a certified copy from your high school will need to be submitted prior to credit being awarded. A minimum criterion for exam scores and grade point average is listed below:

  1. Composite ACT score of 19 or above, composite SAT score of 990 or above on the RSAT scale of 1600 or a composite SAT score of 1330 on the former SAT exam with a scale of 2400, or a composite Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 246. Note: The ACT Writing exam is not required for admission purposes.

Completion of graduation requirements from a public secondary school, private secondary school, or a homeschool program documenting a minimum 2.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average, and completion of the university’s secondary school core curriculum, OR a minimum GED score of 600.
Students who have scored accordingly on an Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) can earn credit toward graduation at Arkansas Tech University by receiving a qualifying score on the examinations. These credits can satisfy general education requirements. AP, CLEP, and IB scores should be documented on your application for admission. Submit official score reports or readable copies embossed by your high school to the Office of Admissions. Students who have earned an International Baccalaureate (IB) should submit their IB transcript for evaluation. Students who successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can earn credit toward graduation at Arkansas Tech University.

Freshmen who do not meet unconditional admission requirements will be conditionally admitted with a minimum composite ACT score of 15, composite SAT score of 830 or above on the RSAT scale of 1600 or a composite SAT score of 1060 on the former SAT exam with a scale of 2400, or a composite Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 229, and by completing college core with a 2.0/4.0 grade point average or minimum GED score of 600.

Returning Student:

Students who have not attended Arkansas Tech in the past year or have attended another college or university since last attending Tech must submit a new application for admission. Minimum grade point average requirements are listed below:

  • Has not attended another college since attending Tech
    • Cumulative Tech GPA of 2.0 or higher

Has attended another college since attending Tech

  • Cumulative Tech GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official college transcript(s) documenting a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must be eligible for re-enrollment at the last institution attended


Transfer Student:

Students who have not attended Arkansas Tech University must submit an application for admission, official transcripts from each institution previously attended, and proof of immunization.

If transferring less than 24 credit hours, an official high school transcript and ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER scores must be submitted. Transfer students with more than 24 hours, who have not completed college-level English or math, will be required to submit test scores. Arkansas Tech University will recognize transfer credit from a U.S. institution provided that the institution is accredited by one of the six U.S. regional accreditation associations, and for courses that are approved for transfer by ADHE through ACTS. Acceptance of course credit may depend on the date that the institution was accredited or the date that a course was approved for transfer by ADHE. Transfer credit for coursework from institutions outside the U.S. will be considered on an individual basis. Students seeking transfer of credit from a foreign college/university must complete a credential evaluation through a company authorized by Arkansas Tech University (a list of approved service providers can be obtained in the IMSSO or in the Registrar’s Office). Transfer credit, although accepted by the university, is not guaranteed to be applicable toward meeting degree requirements for the particular program of study selected by the transfer student. Once admitted, your academic advisor will determine which credits count toward your degree requirements.

Minimum grade point average requirements are listed below:

  1. All transfers must be eligible for re-enrollment at the last institution attended and have a cumulative college GPA of 2.0


If you do not meet the requirements for unconditional admittance or if you need further details on any of the information above, email the Office of Admissions at tech.enroll@atu.edu. You may also reach us by phone at 800-582-6953 or (479) 968-0343. Unofficial documents can be faxed to (479) 964-0522. All final admission documents should be mailed to:


Arkansas Tech University
Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment
Brown Hall, Suite 104
105 West O Street
Russellville AR 72801-2222

Non-Academic Rejection
Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.

Cost & Fees

*Tuition and Fees are subject to change as necessary Tuition Rates

Hours Resident (In-State) Non-Resident(Out-of-State) Fees
1 226.00 452.00
2 452.00 904.00
3 678.00 1,356.00
4 904.00 1,808.00
5 1,130.00 2,260.00
6 1,356.00 2,712.00
7 1,582.00 3,164.00
8 1,808.00 3,616.00
9 2,034.00 4,068.00
10 2,260.00 4,520.00
11 2,486.00 4,972.00
12 2,712.00 5,424.00
13 2,938.00 5,876.00
14 3,164.00 6,328.00
15 3,390.00 6,780.00
16 3,616.00 7,232.00
17 3,842.00 7,684.00
18 4,068.00 8,136.00
19 4,294.00 8,588.00
20 4,520.00 9,040.00
21 4,746.00 9,492.00
22 4,972.00 9,944.00
Program taught in:
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Last updated November 7, 2018
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