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  • University of Prince Edward Island

    -- Charlottetown, PE, PEI 
  • Dept. of Computer Science & Information Technology
    Charlottetown, PE, PEI C1A 4P3
  • (902) 628-4330
  • [email protected]
  • BSc CS with Specialization in Video Game Programming (BSc, 4 Years)
    For a position in Programming / Software Engineering

  • Campus:Yes         Online: No
  • In state: 0 Canadian Dollar (CAD) per Year
    Out of state: 0 Canadian Dollar (CAD) per Year
    Non-US National (Overseas Students): 0 Canadian Dollar (CAD) per Year
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  • UPEI has offered a Bachelor's Degree in computer science with a specialization in video game programming since 2007. Designed with extensive local industry input, the program aims to produce top quality programmers with an in-depth knowledge of video game development technologies and industry practices. The program is built on top of the normal requirements for a (fully accredited) Bachelor's Degree in computer science. Students in the specialization must take (in addition to the normal requirements for a major in cs) the following courses as part of their studies: Non-Traditional Platform Computing (presently iPhone-based), Topics in Non-Traditional Platform Computing (this year video game development for the iPhone), Physics of Gaming, Computer Graphics Programming, Advanced Computer Graphics Programming, Object-Oriented Design (C++-based) Video Game Design, and Interactive Storytelling. In their final year students must complete a two semester (8 month total) capstone project course under the supervision of industry mentors. At present, industry professionals teach 4 of these courses (and act as mentors in a 5th), with regular faculty teaching the rest.

    Charlottetown PEI is the video game development centre of the Atlantic Provinces, with 3 medium sized (~50 employees each) independent studios, a medium sized game testing studio and a number of smaller studios. UPEI works closely with the industry and graduates of the program are uniquely positioned to enter the local workforce. A video game art program is also offered at the local college. 

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