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The Game Design Initiative at Cornell (GDIAC) is an interdisciplinary program that is hosted ithin the Department of Computer Science. It offers a minor in game design accessible to Cornell students regardless of college or major. Even though it only offers a minor, the program is a highly-regarded program for technical areas such as software development, technical game design, game analytics, and project management.

The Game Design Initiative was formed in 2001. It was one of the first official computer game programs of its kind, and the first such program established in an Ivy League school. While computer game programs are becoming more and more common at other Universities, Cornell's program remains strong. The Game Design Initiative allows students to earn a world-class Cornell education while having fun working in computer games.

Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York, a city of about 30,000 people in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Both Cornell and Ithaca offer a wide range of cultural activities, sports, and outdoor activities with the pleasures of both city and country close at hand.

Information on Visiting Cornell is available from the main Cornell website.

Contact Information

Please send all inquiries to the GDIAC director via the following address.

Game Design Initiative at Cornell
Department of Computer Science
4130 Upson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-7501
Phone: 607-216-4288
Fax: 607-255-4428

Contact information for specific faculty is available from the Cornell directory.