Video Game Design and Development Major

A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. A developer may specialize in a certain video game system, such as the Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, or the Sony PlayStation 2 or may develop for a variety of systems including PCs.

Developers also specialize in certain types of games, such as RPGs (Role Playing Games) or FPSs (First Person Games). Some focus on porting games from one system to another. Some focus on translating games from one language to another, especially from Japanese to English; an unusual few do other kinds of software development work in addition to games.

Most video game publishing companies, such as Electronic Arts, Activision and Sony, maintain development studios, but these companies are generally called “publishers” and not “developers”, as publishing is the primary activity of these companies, and is the source of most of their income.

Other than the publishers, there are well over 1,000 video game development companies today. Many are tiny 1- or 2-person operations creating Flash games for the Web, or games for cell phones. Others are large companies with multiple locations, such as Foundation 9 Entertainment, which says it has over 300 employees. As a rule, developers are privately held companies; only a very few non-publishing developers have ever been publicly traded companies.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101 Student Success Seminar
CSE121 Mobile Development Architecture
CSE122 Programming Logic and Problem Solving
SGE121 Game Design
WDD121 Internet/Intranet Design and Development
Track Elective I
SGE224 Game Programming I
SGE225 Assets for Games
SGE223 2D Game Design and Development
ENG124 College Composition
COM121 Effective Speaking or COM122 Interpersonal Communication or COM123 Small Group Communication
Social Science Elective
Arts & Humanities Elective
Track Elective II
SGE226 Game Programming II
SGE222 3D Game Design and Development
IMT129 Digital Audio Recording and Editing
Track Elective III
SGE221 Advanced Gaming and Simulation Topics
SGE230 Game Portfolio
MTH135 Precalculus – A student may take MTH125 (College Algebra) and MTH130 (Trigonometry) over two semesters to satisfy this requirement.