Kirby Cofino, SOC/MA '19
It's really about freedom and critical thinking.
During the summer of 2017, MA in Game Design student Kirby Cofino interned with the DIAMONDS research group in the San Francisco office of Educational Testing Service (ETS) on a speech system called HALEF, a "multimodal dialogue system." It's a computer program that allows a person to talk to a computer, and the computer responds. Cofino’s role in the development of HALEF was to create 3D virtual human avatars that synced up with the computer’s responses.
There is no typical Game Lab student! Students bring their unique backgrounds and passions to the program, having addressed diverse topics such as mental health, social justice, journalism, politics, money management, and advertising. The program can lend itself to your particular area of interest.
You do not need to have a background in coding to become a Game Lab student, just a love for games and the desire to learn.
The Certificate in Game Design is a shorter program, typically attainable in only one year and offering a more flexible class schedule for the working professional. The MA program is a full-time, two year Master's program offering students a robust foundation for pursuing a career in game design or development.