Game Development

Put your passion for gaming to work

Everywhere you look today people of all ages are playing games – on their computers, cell phones and online. Last year alone, more than 8.5 million people subscribed to online role-playing games.

In fact, it is predicted that the game industry will out-produce all other entertainment media including movies and music. Global industry sales for console games are predicted to grow to $34.7 billion by 2012. In the United States, sales of all types of video and computer games will increase to $11.7 billion.

*Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Entertainment & Media Outlook Report

Am I a good fit for this career?

If you have a flair for graphics and a love of computer games – this could be the perfect career field for you.

Game developers need to be creative, detail-oriented and hard workers. They devote long hours to finishing complex projects to meet tight deadlines. A career in gaming and graphic arts would be right for you if you:

      • Love computer games
      • Have strong visual spatial abilities
      • Have a good sense of what makes one computer game better than others
      • Good communication skills
      • Enjoy all aspects of a game, such as sound, motion, illustration, and story
      • Work equally well alone or in a team
      • Value logic-based reasoning
      • Have an aptitude for computers and software 

What are the career opportunities in this field?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a bachelor’s degree and knowledge of computer design software, particularly those with web site design and animation experience will have the best opportunities in this very competitive marketplace.

Those with web site design and animation experience will especially be needed as demand increases for design projects for interactive media – web sites, video games, cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, and other technology.

Game Designer Career Paths

Game Designers can decide from a wide range of career paths, choosing those that best meet their interests as well as strengths. Graduates find work as multimedia artists and animators, graphic and web designers and web-based game developers. Others may prefer the management or administrative role and find careers as creative directors, game developers or team leaders. A small number of designers also worked in engineering services or for management, scientific, and technical consulting firms.

Position titles for Game Designers include:

  • Game Developer
  • Illustrator
  • Web Designer
  • Multimedia Author
  • Concept Artist
  • Level Designer
  • Visual Effects Artist

Game Designer Career Fields

Nearly every industry hires designers and developers to create and manage digital media for web sites, advertising, games, movies and television special effects. These include:

  • Advertising
  • Corporate Communications
  • Education
  • E-learning Providers
  • Entertainment
  • Government
  • Hospitality
  • Retail and E-tail
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing Firms
  • Medical
  • Online Service
  • Training and Development
  • Web site Development

Work Environment

Game development is usually performed in an extremely casual business environment with T-shirts and sandals being common work attire. Many find this type of environment to be rewarding and pleasant, both professionally and personally. However, the industry is also known to require employees to work long hours.

What is the program title, length, and content?

The bachelor’s in game development teaches students the design and coding skills needed to effectively create games at a professional level.

Game Development Program Info Chart

Program availability varies by location.

Program Credits Months
Bachelor of Science in Game Development 123 36

 

Bachelor of Science in Game Development

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Game Development employs an integrated and coherent approach that prepares students with the necessary academic knowledge and technical competencies required for a wide range of positions in the gaming and graphic arts industry. This program trains students in the most current industry software to create 2D and 3D animations that emphasize both black/white and color, shading, sound, motion, and physics. As part of the program, students will be expected to develop basic, single-player PC games, and later develop complex, multi-player games on multiple platforms. The final project for this program is determined by each individual student, and may include developing his or her own basic video game or enhancing the engine and coding of a public domain video game. Download Program Course Sheet

Which locations offer this program?

Madison Campus

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