Join a Booming Industry
Prepare for a number of careers in a rapidly expanding field with SNHU's online Game Design and Development degree. The worldwide gaming industry is expected to top $68 billion in annual sales in 2012, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. As more companies adopt video game design technology for a variety of entertainment, educational and business purposes, the need for trained professionals to fill creative, analytical and technical roles will continue to grow.
Possible careers game design and development degree graduates might pursue include specialized designers, programmers and artists, such as lead designer, game mechanic designer and content designer; lead programmer, AI programmer, graphics programmer and network programmer; art director, lead artist and animator; and quality assurance testers, to name a few.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts substantial growth through 2018 for IT-related careers, including software developers (30 percent) and computer programmers (12 percent).
Gain Experience in the Game Design and Development Program
Among the many skills you will gain in the Game Design and Development Program are:
- How to use industry-standard tools to produce 3-D graphics and animation.
- How to create an original digital game, from conception to prototype.
- Working knowledge of game genres and platforms, interactive storytelling, interface design, game implementation, artificial intelligence, business economics of the game industry, video game design and marketing.
- Combining your talents with those of others to produce a game.
Our Game Design and Development program exposes you to industry-standard software programs for a variety of multimedia projects. Showcase your work by creating a portfolio and a website where you can showcase your work to potential employers.
Game Design and Development Resources
Additional information for students interested in the game designing industry and professional development opportunities:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
To get a detailed look at the game designing industry, read the BLS’ special report, "Work for play: Careers in video game development."
The International Game Developers Association
The largest nonprofit membership organization serving video game designers.
Entertainment Software Association
The U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of game designing organizations company that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, personal computers and the Internet.
National Association of Programmers
Founded in 1995, the National Association of Programmers strives to become the voice of the game designing profession, to establish both alternative and complementary certification programs for IT professionals, to provide publishing opportunities as well as association leadership positions for member professionals.
IEEE Computer Society
Works to advance the theory, practice, and application of computer and information processing science and technology and shall maintain a high professional standard among its members.