Get ready for your dream career – and study in one of the best cities in the country for the video game industry.
Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future.
As a 视频游戏开发 major, you’ll learn every phase of the process of creating games: building a concept, prototyping, narrative design, asset creation, testing and release. You’ll become well-versed in interactive storytelling techniques, game design and game audio和 you’ll learn strategic software platforms.
But — just as importantly — you’ll learn how to think and adapt. Gaming is an industry w这里 things change fast. Software tools, game engines, favored scripting languages and even business models will evolve between the time you start college and when you graduate. At St. Edward’s, you’ll learn how to be adaptable, so you’re never stuck clinging to one technology or an outdated idea of what consumers want.
You’ll apply what you learn in Austin, the third largest hub of game development in the country, home to small indie developers to such global competitors as Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic 艺术s, BioWare, Cloud Imperium Games, Daybreak Game Company, NCSoft, ZeniMax/Bethesda, Kabam, Wargaming.net, Retro Studios, Devolver Digital and Aspyr Media.
视频游戏开发 majors go on to a variety of careers from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- Associate producer at Electronic 艺术s
- 用户 advocate at 框, Inc.
- Assistant director of IndieDEVCAMP
- Junior developer at FOX Bet
- Game and narrative designer at Worldwalker Games
Three 视频游戏开发 majors are putting their skills to work in Austin’s tech industry. Read about their 在主要经验.
主要要求： The BA in 视频游戏开发 requires 56 hours of major courses, which include courses in computational foundations, digital media, visual studies和 game development.
普通教育 Requirements: The degree requires approximately 40 hours of general education courses which students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
Courses offered in this major include:
- 互动讲故事 – This seminar contrasts traditional storytelling with the particular challenges of interactive narrative. Students develop an ability to craft interactive narrative and explore the range of storytelling techniques available in video games.
- 游戏设计工作室我 – Designed as a portfolio course, this course explores gameplay in 2D space and gives the student the opportunity to expand their game design portfolio by creating interactive projects using sound game design tools and methods.
- Introduction to Game Audio – This course will give students a solid understanding of physics of audio and sound design techniques used to record and produce sound effects, ambient tracks和 dialog for video games.
While it's easy to make a game hard, it's hard to make a game fun. The challenge for creators in the 21st Century is to use the expressive potential of the video game medium to create moving and deeply meaningful player experiences.
– 罗伯特·丹顿科比, Director of 视频游戏开发
Though technical mastery is critical for a developer, game engines change, software is updated和 new tools appear daily. I emphasize the fundamentals of game design and how to craft experiences that are meaningful and enjoyable. Students who understand these concepts will be able to adapt and thrive in the rapidly evolving field of video game development.
– 杰里米·约翰逊博士, 访问ing Professor of 视频游戏开发
As a student in the 视频游戏开发 program, you will divide your learning between hands-on game development and conceptual creativity, resulting in a broad understanding of the artistic, written, design和 algorithmic aspects of game production. You’ll create both discreet assets and playable games in our design and development classes, using industry-standard game creation software tools. As a result, you’ll have a solid, diverse skill set and the portfolio to prove it to potential employers.
VGAM students can explore a range of career paths and practical application of their studies through internships and interactions with the greater Austin games and technology community.
Our faculty has strong connections to the local and international game development community, and strives each semester to bring a strong line-up of relevant industry professionals to the classroom as guest speakers or special guests at campus events. Recent guests have included working professionals from Bungie, Fireside Games, DC Comics, Rooster Teeth, Quicksilver Software, Team Dogpit和 SXSW游戏.
Access to Austin's Game and Technology Scene
Our faculty has sponsored events at SXSW游戏.
Our students are encouraged to attend regular community events held by such groups as The Capital Factory, IGDA Austin和 Juegos Rancheros.
实习 and Community-Engaged Service
In partnership with Austin's 健仕达基础, our students have worked both in the classroom and as interns to design and develop educational mini-games for its tablet game monstralia， 目前市面上 谷歌比赛 and coming soon on the App Store. This game will teach three- to eight-year-olds the importance of good nutrition, fitness和 taking care of each other and our planet. Read more about this exciting partnership 这里.
A minor in 视频游戏开发 can equip graduates with a wide range of degree options. Students must take the following courses, totaling 18 hours:
- Interaction and Analog Game Design
- One additional VGAM course (cannot be Senior Game Studio I or II)
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