The Digital Game Design and Development program at LIU Post offers a project-based curriculum that allows students to develop skills in all areas of game development, including game design, computer programing, and visual design. The program focuses heavily on game creation, so during their two years at LIU Post students will work on several solo and group-based projects, giving them a chance to develop a broad range of game development skills. Before graduating, all students are expected to complete a capstone thesis project, which can be used as a portfolio piece in a job application or as a commercial independent project. The Master of Arts in Digital Game Design and Development is an innovative 36-credit interdisciplinary program that provides students with the technical, creative and collaborative skills necessary to enter the professional world of game and other interactive media design. The degree offers a comprehensive and intensive study of the nature and process of digital game design and the underlying principles of human game play. The project-based curriculum allows students to focus on developing skill sets in computer programming, art/graphics or interface/content development while collaborating with others in the cohort on large-scale team projects. Students are encouraged to do internships at game development companies in New York City. In addition to game development, the program stresses the following elements essential to success in the industry: storyboarding, paper prototyping, usability testing, and project management. Students will be taught how to write grant proposals and approach venture capital to support their work and encouraged to collaborate with business faculty on marketing and disseminating their thesis projects.