Game Design and Development Online Degree - Supporting Technologies Online

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Realize Your Future with an Online Game Development Degree

Get the software and hardware experience you'll need for a career in the video game industry with SNHU's online game development degree. Available to students in both the BA and BS in Game Design and Development programs, this specialized online game development Degree builds on a base of solid IT skills. From software programming to database design to network and system management, the game design online degree gives you a broad set of technological, analytical and problem-solving skills that you can apply to launch your career.

Get the Technical Training with SNHU's Game Development Online Degree

Designed for students who want to pursue a career involving the tech side of video game design, this specialized game development online degree program explores areas such as software programming and hardware maintenance. Through a relevant and real-world curriculum that includes several hands-on projects, you will gain the technical skills needed to help companies manage their multimedia products and bring them to market. The many topics you will explore in this focused game development degree online program includes how to apply innovative software systems, engineering principles in the workplace, and issues involving the analysis and design of networking applications.

Become a Hot Commodity in the Game Design and Development Industry

As more companies implement gaming technology for entertainment, educational and business purposes, the need for skilled professionals who understand the software and hardware needed to bring their ideas to life will continue to grow - which makes earning your game design degree online from SNHU all the more valuable. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, several IT-related careers offer a lot of growth potential. For example, between 2008 and 2018, the BLS projects that computer software engineer positions will grow by 32 percent, computer network, systems and database administrator positions will grow by 30 percent, computer and information systems manager positions will grow by 17 percent and computer support specialist positions will grow by 14 percent.

Game Development and Supporting Technologies (BA/BS)

Select Four of the Following:

IT-201: Computer Platform Technologies
This course provides the hardware/software technology background for information technology personnel. Hardware topics include CPU architecture, memory, registers, addressing modes, busses, instruction sets and a variety of input/output devices. Software topics include operating system modules, process management, memory and file system management. Also included are basic network components and multi-user operating systems. Offered every year.
CIS-100 or IT-100
IT-230: Software Development with C#.NET
This course is designed to introduce C#, an event-driven, fully object-oriented, visual programming language. The course covers the Visual Studio.NET integrated development environment (IDE) while covering the basics of the C# language. Topics include input / output statements, arithmetic and logical operations, control structures, program modules (methods and classes) and arrays. Students will be involved in writing programs of increasing complexity throughout the course, offered every year. This is a programming course.
Take IT-145
IT-312: Software Development w/C++.NET
This course teaches students how to design, implement and test applications in the C++ programming language. Topics include C++ data types, operators, functions, classes and inheritance. The course introduces students to issues associated with developing real-world applications by presenting several case studies. The concepts of object-oriented design and programming are covered. Offered as needed. This is a programming course.
IT-135 or IT-145
IT-315: Object Oriented Analysis and Design
This course develops software systems engineering principles combining object-oriented design principles and methods augmented by computer assisted engineering (CASE) technology. The course involves use of the unified modeling language (UML) and, through the vehicle of a student group project, applies these elements to the system development life cycle. This course is writing intensive, as student project teams are required to submit a comprehensive project report and a PowerPoint presentation. Specialized Systems Development Computer Laboratory intensive and open laboratory intensive. Offered every year. Writing intensive course.
IT-145 and CIS-200 or IT-210
IT-330: Database Design and Management
This course covers the design and implementation of information systems within a database management system environment. Students will demonstrate their mastery of the design process acquired in earlier courses by designing and constructing a physical system using database software to implement logical design. Topics include data models and modeling tools and techniques; approaches to structural and object design; models for databases (relational, hierarchical, networked and object-oriented designs) CASE tools, data dictionaries, repositories and warehouses, Windows/GUI coding and/or implementation, code and application generation, client-server planning, testing and installation, system conversion, end-user training and integration and post-implementation review. Offered every year.
IT-340: Network and Telecommunication Management
This course provides an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking theory, concepts and requirements relative to telecommunications and networking technologies, structures, hardware and software. Emphasis is on the concepts of communications theory and practices, terminology, and the analysis and design of networking applications. Management of telecommunications networks, cost-benefit analysis and evaluation of connectivity options are covered. Students can design, build and maintain a local area network (LAN). Offered as needed.
CIS-201 or IT-201 and CIS-200 or IT-210

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

Total Credits: 120

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