Game Design and Development - Interactive Storytelling and Supporting Arts Online Degree

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An Online Video Game Design Degree that Fires the Imagination

Learn how to craft compelling stories for multimedia games with the online game design-Interactive Storytelling and Supportive Arts Concentration at SNHU. With a special focus on fictional writing and screenwriting, this concentration enables you to tap into your creative and analytical sides as you develop imaginative stories that work well within IT requirements. The online video game Design degree is available to students pursuing BA or BS Degrees in Game Design and Development.

The Interactive Storytelling and Supporting Arts Concentration balances core online game design degree courses with creative writing, world mythology and popular fiction. From learning about the fundamentals of screenwriting, how heroes are portrayed in world mythology, the elements of contemporary bestsellers and more, you will learn how to write, analyze and critique originals works. This specialized degree in game design and development will push, inspire and encourage you to make the connection between story development and the information technology needed to bring stories to life in the form of digital games.

Prepare for a Growing Industry with a Video Game Design Online Degree

With the worldwide game design industry estimated to be a $68 billion market, the need for trained professionals is on the rise. And when you consider that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for writers and authors to grow by 15 percent between 2008 and 2018, SNHU's Interactive Storytelling and Supporting Arts concentration is an ideal choice for anyone who wants to combine left-brain/right-brain thinking into a flourishing, fun and fulfilling career.

Visual and Interactive Storytelling Online Degree (BA/BS)

Select Four of the Following:

COM-327: Screenwriting for Media Arts
This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of screenwriting for short narrative and commercial projects. Students will analyze screenplays and scripts, and then learn basic screenwriting concepts and tools. Students will be attending lectures and film screenings, completing in-class writing exercises and proposals, providing valuable critique to their colleagues, and completing at least one treatment, pitch and screenplay.
ENG-121 or ENG-200
ENG-327: Playwriting Workshop
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write stage plays of various lengths using traditional and experimental methods and forms. Members of the class will produce at intervals to be established by the instructor and will take turns presenting their works to the group for comment and discussion. The class will produce some student plays during the term. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester. Writing Intensive Course.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
ENG-329: Fiction Writing Workshop
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write short or long fiction using the techniques of 19th-century realism as well as modernist and experimental techniques. Members of the class will produce on a weekly basis and take turns presenting their manuscripts to the group for commentary and discussion. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
LIT-229: World Mythology
This course introduces students to the study of mythology. We will read and discuss myths from both western and non-western cultures. Students will also choose one cultures myth to concentrate on for a final project.
ENG-10, ENG-120, ENG-121H or ENG-200
LIT-322: Popular and Contemporary Fiction
This course will analyze today's popular and contemporary fiction. What makes a book a "best seller"? What makes literature sell in the millions of copies? Writers who strike it rich generally write books that are fast paced and easy to read, following a set of conventions that readers recognize, and touch a nerve within their society. Writers who win the hearts of the literati and schoolmarms generally try to touch that nerve also, but they do so with language and plots that are inventive, artistic, and memorable. With a focus on current and past best sellers, this course will introduce you to a variety of literary sub-genres (true crime, memoir, road novel, extreme adventure, western, roots quest). The books we will read often return to themes of individualism, race, and violence in American culture- prominent elements in our psyches, popular culture, and pulp fiction- though we will certainly discuss other themes as well.
ENG-120 or ENG-121H

Free Elective Credits: 33 (BA) or 18 (BS)

Total Credits: 120

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