Over the last decade, the gaming industry has continued to increase in popularity. Today, there are two entire degrees devoted to the study of games and game-making. Through the BS in Games and CS/EAE degrees at the University of Utah, students will learn how to develop entertainment software and serious games addressing health, collaboration, or social needs. Housed in the Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) program, both degrees offer technical coursework in math and computation, as well as training in digital game design, game art, and production. In the BS in Games, students will take 10 EAE electives focusing on game design, game arts, and game production. Students will also complete additional coursework in allied fields related to EAE such as digital media, storyboarding, graphic design, gender studies, and management. The pinnacle of the program is a joint Capstone project in which all game development students will work in teams to make and publish their own video game.
The Student Experience
Take part in the exciting research offered by the lab groups associated with Games, such as the Center for Medical Innovation within the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. Students who wish to network or socialize may join one of the U’s gaming clubs. Gamecraft is a video game development club open to all majors, with an emphasis on creating both digital and analog games; Crimson Gaming is a competitive gaming club open to all majors, which hosts game nights, competitive events, and industry opportunities; AFK is a service club open to all EAE majors in which members can participate in service projects that benefit the community.
Upon graduation, students with a degree in game development are prepared for careers in simulation, software development, animation, network architecture, edutainment, and visualization, as well as other positions within the professional gaming industry. Additional education at the graduate level allows students to specialize in a focus area, and offers increased knowledge in game development and design.
In 2017, EAE created the first varsity-level esports program from any school in a Power Five athletic conference. With strong support from EAE, the University of Utah is leading the nation in collegiate esports, fielding an initial roster competing across four established games. Supported by sports psychologists, nutrition and wellness coaches, and cognitive and behavioral trainers the Utah esports team is Game On.