ACS Game Design
(Certificate/Diploma, BSc, and PhD, 4 Years)
For a position in Programming / Software Engineering
Campus:Yes Online: No
In state: 4,242 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
Out of state: 12,624 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
Non-US National (Overseas Students): 0 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Computer
Science (BS ACS) has been created for those students who want the
knowledge and expertise of computer science to work in one of the many
disciplines that require advanced computing techniques. These fields do
not merely use computing but create new and interesting
problems for the computer scientist. One such field is the area of
Computer Game Design.
The objectives of the BS ACS concentration in Computer Game Design are to provide students with the following:
1. Fundamental knowledge regarding theory, methods and applications of Computer Science.
2. A foundation in artistic creativity subjects associated with digital entertainment.
3. Knowledge of concepts that integrate Computer Science and artistic creativity to develop computer games and tools for computer graphics and animation.
4. Preparation for employment as a programmer in the entertainment industry.
5. Preparation for graduate studies in fields such as
computer science and digital entertainment.
Computer game development is a global multi-billion dollar industry
with popular titles generating millions of dollars in revenue,
sometimes in their first few weeks of release. Creating such titles
require teams of highly skilled individuals covering such disciplines
as computer science, art, animation, music, and storytelling. This
program is aimed at those individuals wishing to pursue a career as a
developer in the computer games industry or a technical director in the
computer animation industry. As part of a highly skilled team,
programmers should have an appreciation of all the disciplines in the
development process. Therefore, this program of study provides students
with not only a sound background in Computer Science but also an opportunity to undertake courses in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
In addition, a number of Computer Science courses have been specially
designed for this program to allow students to become proficient in the
computer game development process (by actually creating games during
their program of study). Many industries prize skills associated with
computer game programming. Any industry that requires efficient
programmers that are experts in developing graphical simulations with
real-time requirements will benefit from this degree. Such industries
include military, aerospace, architecture, geology, and emergency
The Department of Computer Science also offers a Master's certificate in Computer Games Technology and associated faculty supervise Ph.D. candidates in a variety of related areas.