March 23, 2016

Game Studies and Design Students Pick Up International Awards

Montevallo, Ala. – Students in the Game Studies and Design (GSD) minor have recently been received best entry awards in the Game Career Guide’s latest Game Design Challenge.

The challenge hosted on requested entries of games in which players create original works of art throughout the course of gameplay. Winners from UM were Shea Morris, Matt Crowson, Emily Freeland and Sara Perry.

The students complete the challenges as a part of their Game Design Workshop I & II classes taught by Dr. Cathlena Martin.

“I require them to complete both conceptual design challenges and physical design challenges to keep them constantly producing games,” Martin stated. “Just like with writers and artists, game designers need to be producing on a regular basis. Not all of the games will be good, but the process pushes them as designers, and one part of their game may inspire another game.”

Martin also explained that winning the Game Career Guide challenge validates the students as designers to a larger audience than just their classmates and professors.

“Online recognition from a credible online gaming site provides feedback and accolades that can be put in the student’s gaming portfolio or resume,” Martin commented.

Game Career Guide is a reputable site dedicated to students of gaming to help support them pursue a career in the gaming industry. The contest is run at least once a month, with a different design challenge each time.  Game designers from all over the world compete to be one of the best entries selected.

For more information on the Game Studies and Design minor please contact Dr. Cathlena Martin at or find more information at


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The University of Montevallo seeks to be unique in higher education in Alabama, by providing students from throughout the state an affordable, geographically accessible, “small college” public higher educational experience of high quality. Settled within an atmosphere of national historic beauty and offering a tradition of innovative cultural expression, we seek to provide professional programs supported by a broad base of arts and sciences that are designed for intellectual and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful employment and responsible, informed citizenship.