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Game Design (BA)

Game Design (BA)

Game Design Degree

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND CONNECTIONS FOR GAMING INNOVATION

The Game Design degree at the University of Advancing Technology is offered as a Bachelor of Arts. UAT has the distinction of consistently being named as one of the top game design programs in the world since its debut in 1995. UAT is the only fully accredited game design program that boasts a full continuum of gaming degree majors including: Game Design degree, Game Art and Animation degree, Game Programming degree and Serious Game Simulation degree.​

The game design career field is so specialized that students must take the time to explore all the game design specialties in order discover which specification you enjoy most and would be most successful as a game design professional. Because of this, many of our students start as a Game Design major and then graduate with dual gaming degrees from our prolific suite of game degree programs.

Game Design degree students at UAT enjoy the ability to build and create complete game design projects with fellow students and faculty from across all gaming degree majors. UAT Game Design graduates have the ability to leverage the knowledge and hiring appeal of having multiple credentials in game design, game programming and/or game animation.

UAT Game Design students have earned top game industry acclaim and leadership positions by harnessing the unique game innovation environment. Game Design majors at UAT are offered all the tools and resources necessary to develop an impressive professional portfolio with innovative game designs using advancing technology and systems. Students enrolled in the Game Design degree program will focus on the design principles, skills and techniques needed to create the industry’s most innovative game projects.

Game Design degree students at UAT are exposed to all the tools of the trade, as well as programming and asset creation video game design skill sets. The Game Design degree coursework emphasizes design skills such as strong initial concepts, design documentation, game balancing and play testing, interactive storytelling and interface design. Game Design degree students will also take a critical approach to the study of gameplay, player interaction and community dynamics as well as the unique features of the numerous game platforms available in the marketplace.

Game Design majors are enrolled in our game art and design degree will earn the necessary game design education to be successful in their career field. In team-based assignments, Game Design degree students will work with video game design artists and programmers to create innovative projects. Applying all the elements of the game creation process, Game Design degree students will also develop the leadership skills to see video game design projects through from an initial design concept to a publisher-ready final product.

With the ever-advancing video game industry and the growing trend of web and app based video games, qualified and talented game designers are in growing demand. With a Game Design degree from UAT, you will be ready to apply your game design education in real-world settings while conquering and innovating the video game industry.

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Game Design Course Description

Game Design students focus on the design principles, skills and techniques required to create mechanics, design documents and functioning prototypes for innovative game projects. Game Design students will be exposed to all the tools of the trade, as well as programming and asset creation skill sets. The coursework emphasizes design skills such as strong initial concepts, design documentation, game balancing and play-testing, interactive storytelling and interface design. Students in the Game Design program will also take a critical approach to the study of gameplay, player interaction and community dynamics as well as the unique features of the numerous game platforms available in the marketplace. In team-based projects, design students will work with artists and programmers to create complete projects. Applying all the elements of the game creation process, Game Design students will also develop the leadership skills to see projects through from initial concept to publisher-ready final product.
Game Design Degree

Game Design Degree Objectives

  • Develop a comprehensive product development plan and strategy utilizing the frameworks and methodologies identified throughout the program. This will include functional tasks such as budgeting, ROI, project management, innovation, strategic planning and management/execution.
  • Develop a product’s go-to-market strategy incorporating the elements of marketing, customer research and analysis, budgeting, ROI, pricing, project management and any applicable legal issues.
  • Demonstrate the application and analysis of strategic business frameworks (Porters 5 Forces, Modified Delta Model, Balanced Score Card, etc.) through the creation of industry use case examples.
  • Design a comprehensive plan to implement, communicate and champion a unified change initiative by analyzing the go-to-market strategy, product development plan, marketing position, budgeting and management process.
  • Map the structure and processes of an organization and its functional flows and analyze how the organization works as a complete system.
  • Generate analytics that provide real time and over time visualizations and dashboarding of key operational metrics.

Game Design Program Information

  • Program Credits: 120
  • Major Credits: 36
  • Semesters to completion: 8

Requirements to graduate include a 2.0 CGPA, completed required coursework, Portfolio, Internship, and a Student Innovation Project.

For a more detailed breakout of completion time frames and rates, please see the UAT Fast Facts page.

Game Design Disclosure

At University of Advancing Technology, we believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand employment opportunities prior to starting any program. In an effort to ensure you have the information you need to make informed choices on program cost, medial loan debt incurred by students who completed the program, on-time completion rates, and the occupations this program prepares you to enter, the Department of Education has instituted the following disclosure template.* For more information, click on the respective academic level.

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The Princeton Review

Ranked as a Top Undergraduate Game Design Program in 2012 by the Princeton Review

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