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Game Design & Development - B.S.


SUNY Canton’s four-year Game Design and Development program is exclusively for students who want to design a new generation of video games and virtual reality on multiple platforms. It allows students to pursue their dreams and ambitions within the lucrative entertainment and software industry.

A female student plays a virtual reality game with HTC VR goggles.

Career Opportunities

  • Game programmers
  • Computer graphics and visualization developers
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality software engineer
  • Modelers
  • Animators
  • Digital content producers
  • Level designers
  • Texture mappers
Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The program is designed through real-world lessons and applied game production courses that lead playable video games. Students can expect to learn design sequence, prototyping, aesthetics of design, development, testing, production, manufacturing and marketing.

Every type of game, from a simple interactive maze to the latest first-person adventure represents a series of design and aesthetic challenges. We offer a well rounded program that both emphasizes technological hard skills, including programming, in addition to courses in English and Business.

- Ryan Hewer
Game Design and Development Curriculum Coordinator

Zachary Samalot and Paul Riggio demonstrate their new video games in Nevaldine Hall’s Digital Studio.

Career Outlook

Employment of gaming software developer, computer graphics and virtual reality engineer, multimedia artists and animators, is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. Projected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median pay scale for these positions was $63,970 per year.

» Program Description

Game Design & Development
Ryan Hewer
Assistant Professor
315-386-7203
hewer100@canton.edu

Fall Enrollment Trends

  FT PT Total
2020 133 1 134
2019 129 1 130
2018 78 0 78
2017 7 0 7


Graduation rates and degrees conferred are unavailable as the program has not had graduates yet.