About Us

We are Game Design and Art Collaboration (GDA)! We were founded in January 2015, by a small group of UC Santa Cruz students. Our mission statement is to promote the collaborative work of artists, musicians, programmers, and game designers, with an emphasis on networking and skill-sharing. That involves a few programs:

Over the course of every school year, we run the Mock Studio, where students pitch and then develop game(s) that we work on as a community. The Mock Studio is great for learning about the process and production of game-making from start to finish, and we highly recommend it; as a nice bonus, you’ll have a demo game to show off at the end of every school year!

We also run a variety of workshops and game jams separately from the Mock Studio to build game development skills.

Contact us if you have any questions!

GDA Officers

Our current officers are:

President – Tiana Chamsi

Community Manager – Saira “Sai” Hamid

Design Officer – Tori Moore

Design Officer – Jessica Yoon

Design Officer – Alexa Medina

Sound Officer – Vinh Ta

Programming Officer – Ivy Dudzik

Writing Officer – Seren Becker

Writing Officer – Celine Lafosse

Webmaster – Rohan Venkatapuram

Previous Officers

Our club wouldn’t be where it is today without the hard work of our previous officer crews as well, so special thanks to everyone below!

Vice-President (2020-2022), Art Officer (2020-2023), Writing Officer (2022-2023) – Andrew Dunne

Art Officer (2021-2023) and Vice President (2022-2023) – Annie Zhang

Programming Officer (2022-2023) – Calex Raffield

Design Officer (2021-2023) – Nik Thomas

Sound Officer (2021-2023) and Vice President (2022-2023) – Parmpreet Gill

Writing Officer (2022-2023) – Ryan McCarty

Community Manager (2022-2023) – Sophie Martin

Production Officer (2021-2023) – Zoey Laytart

Design Officer (2021-2022) – Cameron Beattie

Production Officer and Outreach Coordinator and Event Coordinator (2020-2021), President (2021-2022) – Eric Long

Programming Officer (2021-2022) – Joshua Augenstein

Logistics Officer and Treasurer (2021-2022) – Naman Bushan

Webmaster (2020-2021), Vice President and Production Officer (2021-2022) – Ryoma Marta-Sugawara

Production Officer and Outreach Coordinator and Event Coordinator (2020-2021) – Dallas Truong

Sound Officer (2020-2021) – Enrico Widodo

Shadow Art Officer (2020-2021) – Herman Wu

Vice-President and Co-Writing Lead (2019-2020), President and Writing Officer (2020-2021) – Jeven Zarate-McCoy

Treasurer (2019-2021) and Interim Archiver (2020-2021) – Justin Hammer

Sound Lead/Officer (2018-2021) – Madeleine Glenn

Design Officer (2020-2021) – Ricky Chavez

Webmaster (2019-2020), Programming Officer (2020-2021) – Thomas Applewhite

(First) Production Lead and Archiver and Outreach Coordinator (2019-2020) – Charles Miller

Design Lead (2019-2020) – Gigi Bachtel

Co-Programming (2019-2020) – Seiji Emery

Vice-President (2018-2019), President and Co-Programming Lead (2019-2020) – Valentino Abate

Archiver/WebMaster (2018-2019) – Eric Mitchell

Outreach (2017-2018), Co-Art Lead and Treasurer (2018-2019) – Gian Paredes

Event Coordinator (2017-2018), President (2018-2019) – Liam Dugard

Co-Art Lead (2018-2019) – Muhammad Al-Suwaidi

Outreach (2017-2018) – Aubrey Isaacman

Outreach (2017-2018) – Christopher Paz

Treasurer (2017-2018) – Edmond Le

Sound Lead (2017-2018) – Fernando Zamora

Event Coordinator (2017-2018) – Ian Rapoport

Archiver (2017-2018) – Jon Alancantara

Vice President (2017-2018) – Kyle Oppenheim

Art Lead (2017-2018) – Linda Nguyen

Event Coordinator (2017-2018) – Nicholas Ho

President (2017-2018) – Nicole Maines

President (2014-2017) – Allyssa

Sound Lead (2017) – Zane Gregorian

Webmaster – Daniel C.