What Coursework is Included in a Typical Game Design & Development Program? ACR Takes a Look.
|3D Modeling Techniques|
|3D Texture, Rendering and Lighting Techniques|
|Advanced Game Engines: Using Unity3D|
|Advanced Game Programming|
|Character Creation and Texturing|
|Environment Creation for Games|
|Fundamentals of Motion Graphics|
|Soundtracks for Film, Video and Games|
|Story Design Methods|
|Video and Audio for Game Design|
What is Game Design & Development?
Game design & development is the process of creating interactive games for consoles, PCs, handheld devices, arcade machines, and the Internet. Game design & development artists determine the overall mission, theme, and rules of play. The process of game design & development involves brainstorming, collaboration, testing, and revising. Art, design, computer programming, and software design skills are utilized during the design and development process.
What are the Types of Courses for Game Design & Development Programs?
Game designers and developers must understand the art and technology behind video games and how they work, they must understand storytelling, and they must understand how programmers arrive at certain ends. As such, game design & development students will take a combination of art, design, development, and programming courses. The following is one example of a 72 credit hour game design & development core:
- 3D Modeling Techniques
- 3D Texture, Rendering and Lighting Techniques
- Advanced Game Engines: Using Unity3D
- Advanced Game Programming
- Advanced Motion Graphics
- Advanced Photoshop
- Aesthetics of Film
- Basic Photoshop
- Character Creation and Texturing
- Character Rigging
- Concept Development
- Creating Sound Effects and Dialog for Film, Video and Games
- Environment Creation for Games
- Fundamentals of Motion Graphics
- Game Development I & II
- Intro to Game Engines
- Intro to Game Programming
- Introduction to 3D
- Soundtracks for Film, Video and Games
- Story Design Methods
- Video and Audio for Game Design
Game design & development programs also require a number of math and science courses—some beginning, others advanced. Students will take courses such as Pre-calculus, College Physics, Finite Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics for Technologists, and Analytic Geometry. Once all course requirements are complete, students have the option to complete an internship, which provides the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on training in the field. Students will complete a number of game design projects throughout the program as well as a Game Design & Development Senior Project. Students will also assemble a final portfolio representing their best work.
What Can I Do With a Degree in Game Design & Development?
Game design & development graduates have a number of exciting career options. They become animators, game designers, game developers, game programmers, and more. Specific job titles include junior game designer, senior game designer, lead designer, content designer, creative director, art director, game writer, scriptwriter, user interface designer, system designer, technical designer, usability designer, and UI designer. Other options include researcher, instructor, and professor.
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