Over the last 10 years, gaming has exploded in popularity. Today, there is an entire degree devoted to the study of games and game-making. Through the Games degree at the U, you will learn how to develop entertainment software, games-based learning environments for elementary and high school students, professional training platforms, or serious games addressing health, collaboration, or social needs. Housed in the Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) department, the Games degree offers technical coursework in math and computation, as well as training in digital game design and production. Electives in EAE, focusing on game design, game arts, and game production, round out the curriculum. Students also complete additional coursework in allied fields or subjects to EAE: digital media, videogame storytelling, storyboarding, graphic design, and management are all available options. The culminating experience of the program is a joint project between Games and Computer Science majors in the EAE department: working together, students develop and publish their own gaming app.
The Student Experience
Take part in the exciting research offered by the lab groups associated with Games, such as the Center for Medical Innovation, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, or the EAE department itself. 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 hosts game nights, competitive events, and industry opportunities.
Upon graduation, the Games degree prepares students for careers in simulation, the professional games industry, edutainment, and visualization. Positions in technical supervision, tools development, graphic design, game design, and game production are possible. With additional education at the graduate level, students can become software developers, animators, or network architects.