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Undergraduate Major Game Programming & Development (BS)

Turn Your Love of Gaming into an Exciting Career with a Major in Game Programming & Development

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Game Programming and Development can take you beyond simply playing games to actually making the next big video game sensation. This BS program balances a solid foundation in IT fundamentals with advanced training in the tools and techniques used by industry professionals today.

Students learn and apply principles used in writing code, developing artificial intelligence, working inside of game engines and designing realistic physics for video games. Courses mirror the industry-standard workflow pipeline used in the production of games across multiple platforms - from web to console, PC and mobile - so that when you graduate, you're ready for your new career as a game programmer.

Inkwell Interactive Studio

Looking to level up your portfolio? SNHU’s Inkwell Interactive Studio on campus can help you gain the experience you need to break into the industry. Modeled after a real-life work environment, Inkwell connects you with internal and external clients to fully design and implement projects – from virtual tours and games to medical simulators and more.

See Yourself Succeed with a Major in Game Programming & Development

Creativity, critical thinking and technical skills all come together in this in-demand undergraduate program. You'll emerge with the skills you need to enter an industry that is as fast-paced as it is exciting.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in game programming and development at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. (This scholarship amount is only for students who do not need a visa to study in the U.S.)
  • Innovative programs. Save time and tuition with our three-year degree programs, or study abroad at little or no extra cost.
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, New Hampshire, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

Internships & Outcomes

The game design industry in the United States continues to grow, with industry revenues topping $30.4 billion in 2016 according to the Entertainment Software Association. Skilled game programmers are consistently in demand and SNHU’s major in game programming and development prepares you well for positions such as Game Programmer, Physics Programmer, Tools Engineer, Game Engine Programmer, and UI Programmer.

In addition to faculty with industry experience, this undergraduate program helps you develop deep connections with other professionals. Students have opportunities to complete internships with game development companies, interact with industry professionals who regularly speak on campus and join a vibrant community of game developers in the game design club.

Most importantly, students work on teams to develop publication-quality games as part of GameJams and other competitions held throughout the school year. We want to make sure that when you graduate, you have connections in the industry and a rich portfolio of work to show prospective employers.

Curriculum

Coursework includes requirements from our core undergraduate general education and business programs. You'll then add courses to satisfy the major requirements, such as interactive animation, 3-D modeling, artificial intelligence and more.

Faculty will push, inspire and encourage you to realize your full potential as a game programmer. At Southern New Hampshire University, we keep classes small, allowing you to connect with faculty who are there to support you on your journey. Take Professor Ed Brillant, for example - a former Art Director at Seven45 Studios in Boston with over 10 years of experience in the game industry, having worked on games for companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Sony. Students are consistently connected with faculty members who really know what it takes to be successful in the industry.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in game programming and development program includes:

  • General education
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.