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Courses

Game Lab staff regularly teach courses on game studies, design, and development within CMS/W. Please see the CMS/W info page on undergraduate education for more details.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP)

UROPs working on paper prototypes

The MIT Game Lab offers research opportunities during the school year on active research and development projects for MIT undergraduates. Development UROPs are designed to prepare students for the game development workflow and to help them gain familiarity with development tools used in professional game development. MIT undergraduates working with the Game Lab may elect to receive direct or sponsored UROP funding or may choose to receive credit instead. Potential UROPs should be familiar with standard MIT UROP Office procedures and deadlines.

Interested MIT undergraduates of any major should join our UROP announcement mailing list and contact Rik Eberhardt (gamelab-request@mit.edu) with the following information:

  • Statement of interest – game development or game research?
  • What role you are interested in (game research, programming, game design, art, audio, production, quality assurance)
  • Skills you bring to the UROP
  • Your current class schedule and available hours
  • Resume

Research, Design, and Game Development Partnerships

The MIT Game Lab has a long history of working with both internal MIT and external entities (companies, civic organizations, etc) to bring the richness of gaming to unique domains. Project partners often come to us for our expertise in game research, design, and development. If you have a funded project you are looking for a partner on to explore gaming with, contact Rik Eberhardt via email at gamelab-request@mit.edu to talk more.

Research Assistantships for CMS Graduate Students

Embracing MIT’s motto of mens et manus, research assistantships allow CMS graduate students to research, design, and create media through practice-based research labs. Positions are dependent on funding available and the number of graduate students we can support varies from year to year. To be considered for a research assistantship with the Game Lab, please indicate your interest in your Statement of Objectives, part of the CMS application.

Visiting Scholars

If you are an academic scholar or industry veteran looking for an environment in which to conduct self-directed research in games, we invite you to spend your sabbatical months with us at the MIT Game Lab. The research and development community of the lab is open and friendly and as part of the Visiting Scholars program, you will be able to take advantage of MIT facilities and services. Visiting Scholars will be invited to join in regular research seminars, to share their research with faculty, staff, and students, and to collaborate on projects in the lab. Please note, CMS/W & the Game Lab cannot provide funding, office space, housing, or computer workstations to Visiting Scholars. Detailed information about eligibility, requirements, and how to apply can be found at CMS’ Visiting Scholars page.

Sponsor the Game Lab

Do you have a new technology but need working proof of concepts to show it off? Are you looking to explore a new domain and want the help of MIT students to discover innovative and novel ways to approach it? Are you hiring and are finding a gap in available skills, especially among people newly-entering your industry?

Sponsor a class or competition at MIT to gain access to our talented students!

The MIT Game Lab teaches game development and design-oriented classes and is looking for special topics to use for interesting design constraints. Sponsoring a class would help support operating costs for the 4-month class (administrative costs, teaching assistants, lecturers, materials, etc.). Materials created by students in the class remain property of the students who created them. Sponsors would have access to meet and recruit students from the class.

The MIT Game Lab is also looking to create special topic classes as competitions, held during the January Independent Activities Period. Competitions would be designed around topics your organization is interested in as a recruiting event. Sponsoring a competition would help support both the development of the competition towards your organization’s goals as well as cover operating costs for the 1-month class (administrative costs, teaching assistants, materials, etc.). Contact Rik Eberhardt via email at gamelab-request@mit.edu to talk about course opportunities.

Become a MIT Game Lab donor

Donate to our the MIT Game Lab Fund via the Giving to MIT system (designation 3841520).

Gifts will support the Game Lab’s mission of critical game research, including teaching, internships, events, operations, research staff, and students by making a tax-deductible gift of any amount or by contributing to the Lab’s endowment.