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Game Design & Development - B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Game Design and Development is a comprehensive program focusing on the design and development of modern video games. Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Game Design and Development program provide a focus on video game design and development, imaginary storytelling, and production needs of the modern gaming industry, Graduates of the Game Design program will have hands-on skills to pursue a career creating content for everything from home computers and mobile devices, to emerging platforms like cloud gaming. Studies include game software development as well as production processes used by top studios to design and produce best-selling games. The capstone project for this program is the design and development of a real-world video game application.

Gaming Students

Students in this Major:

  • Students will learn the most recent technologies and programming skills to create video games on multiple platforms and devices.
  • They will learn the theories and fundamentals of the game development life cycle, such as prototyping, producing, designing, programming, level creation, art production, and testing.
  • Through this program, students will gain a high degree of hands-on experience with the design and development of modern video games.
  • They will also receive intensive training in developing and applying an algorithmic approach to problem solving through using structure and object-oriented programming techniques, as well as designing and building gaming databases.
  • Throughout the program, students will collect samples of their work and create a professional portfolio used in pursuing a job in gaming and other interactive entertainment industry.

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be prepared to take ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word.
  • Transfers cannot be admitted until Fall 2019.
  • Transfer students must have completed a college level English course.
  • Transfer students to this program must have a 2.0 GPA for admission.
  • Transfer students from other institutions and majors have to complete certain bridge courses that could extend their graduation rate.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 2638)

Semester I Credits

CITA 152 Computer Logic 3
ENGL 101
Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3
GAME 110 Fundamentals of Game Design 3
GMMD 101 Intro to Media Studies 3
MATH 121 College Algebra (GER 1) 4
FYEP 101 First Year Experience 1
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Semester II Credits

CITA 180 Intro to Programming 4
ENGL 202 Creative Non-Fiction 3
GAME 130 Game Design and Prototyping 3
SOCI 101 Intro to Sociology 3
MATH Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester III Credits

CITA 215 Database Apps and Concepts 3
ENGL 221 Creative Writing 3
GAME 210 Object-Oriented Design for Game Development 3
  Elective (GER 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9) 3
Elective (GER 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester IV Credits

GAME 230 3D Modeling and Texturing 3
GAME 240 3D Graphics for Game Development 3
GAME 250 Game Mechanics and Dynamics 3
  Elective (GER 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9) 3
  Elective (GER 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9) 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester V Credits

CITA 342 Visual Programming 3
ENGL 301 Professional Writing 3
GAME 350 Aesthetics and Immersion 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VI Credits

CITA 204 System Analysis Design 3
ENGL 315 Short Fiction: The Art of the Tale 3
GAME 370 Digital Media and Interaction 3
GMMD 432 Virtual Worlds 3
  U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester VII Credits

GAME 390 GAME Capstone I 1
GAME 450 Mobile Game Development 3
GMMD 420 Animation Techniques 3
SOCI 250 Sociology of Mass Media 3
U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 16

Semester VIII Credits

GAME 470 Emerging Gaming Applications 3
GAME 490 GAME Capstone II 3
GMMD 330 Web Design & Development 3
U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
U/L Liberal Arts Elective 3
  TOTAL CREDITS 15

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

UL = Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER = General Education Requirement

 

Game Design & Development
Kathleen Mahoney
Curriculum Coordinator
315-386-7719
mahoneyk@canton.edu