The Claremont Game Lab offers students a unique opportunity to design and build an interactive game as part of a transdisciplinary team.
The game lab gives students from all of The Claremont Colleges training and experience in developing the skill sets necessary for careers in the expanding Creative Industries segment. Students will be mentored by employees from Pokemon, among others.
The project teams consist of graduate as well as undergraduate students from all seven Claremont University Consortium institutions who have skills and/or strong interests in the following areas:
- Business/Management: start-up business planning, online/offline game monetization, team management
- Technical/Programming: Game programming (in LUA),Geo/Augmented Reality Games, 3D Modeling (on Roblox Platform)
- Creative: Storytelling Game Environment Creation, Music/Sound
The lab is looking for backgrounds in the business, technical, and creative aspects of game development, but that is not required. What is required is relevant technical, project, business skills and/or strong interests and potential to succeed in the assigned team role and a commitment to the success of the entire team in designing and building a functioning game. The project is demanding, in terms of time and commitment, but is well worth the effort.
Students can elect to earn individual academic units for participating on the team. A general team stipend will be shared by all team members once the game has successfully launched on an online platform.
The project is being mentored by Drucker alumnus Rick Arons, who is Executive VP of The Pokemon Company International. Other mentors include George “Skaff” Elias and Randy Fleming. Skaff Elias was Senior VP at Wizards of The Coast, Brand Manager of Magic The Gathering, and is co-author of Characteristics of Games (MIT Press, 2012). Randy Fleming, PhD (Stanford) provides Roblox programming support to students on the project. Drucker School Professor Hovig Tchalian is the faculty manager of the project.