What does it cost?
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How long will it take?

4 years

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

FALL SEMESTER

  • Admissions Application Opens: August 1
  • Final Application Deadline: April 1

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Early Application Deadline: October 1
  • Regular Application Deadline: December 1

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Early Application Deadline: February 1
  • Regular Application Deadline: April 1

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Game Development, B.S.

The B.S. in Game Development trains students for coding, programming and software-intensive game development careers. The program is for students aspiring to gain the background and technical skill necessary for a career in game development or science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related areas in computational media and connects students to the region’s game design companies and to the industrial ecosystem for games development in the region.

The major, while mainly preparing students for careers in the videogame companies and start-up enterprises, can also prepare students for careers in game production, animation, motion graphics, postproduction and wider software development industries, including social media analytics, Web and application development.

The Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) is partnered with the Georgia Film Academy and collaborates with the Georgia Film Academy on related certifications in esports management for students who want to work in that and associated sectors.

Game Development, B.S.

The B.S. in Game Development trains students for coding, programming and software-intensive game development careers. The program is for students aspiring to gain the background and technical skill necessary for a career in game development or science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related areas in computational media and connects students to the region’s game design companies and to the industrial ecosystem for games development in the region.

The major, while mainly preparing students for careers in the videogame companies and start-up enterprises, can also prepare students for careers in game production, animation, motion graphics, postproduction and wider software development industries, including social media analytics, Web and application development.

The Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) is partnered with the Georgia Film Academy and collaborates with the Georgia Film Academy on related certifications in esports management for students who want to work in that and associated sectors.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

4 years

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

FALL SEMESTER

  • Admissions Application Opens: August 1
  • Final Application Deadline: April 1

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Early Application Deadline: October 1
  • Regular Application Deadline: December 1

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Early Application Deadline: February 1
  • Regular Application Deadline: April 1

View Undergraduate Deadlines

Program Highlights

With the global esports economy expected to cross the billion-dollar threshold in 2020, Atlanta is recognized as one of the top cities in the U.S. for gamers and is broadly recognized as the esports capital of the nation, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The department projects Georgia will have 12,000 direct and indirect jobs in digital entertainment this year, with an estimated economic impact of $550 million.

Careers

Careers in the game development industry are numerous and growing. These are just a few:

Game Designers
Those who work in this occupation come up with the concepts that eventually become video games.  Job titles include game designer, lead designer and level designer.

Software Developers and Computer Programmers
These are the people who implement game designers' visions for their final products. Developers design software that makes video games work the way the designers want them to. Programmers create the code that converts those designs into instructions video game systems can read.

Animators and Other Artists
They make video games come to life visually. Using specialized software, animators create the series of pictures that form the images in a video game, including the characters and the environment. Artists also design packaging that makes games stand out in the marketplace.

Audio Engineers
Audio engineers use computers and electrical equipment to create soundtracks for video games. They are responsible for everything you hear when playing a game. They give voice to characters, create sound effects and record background music.

Writers
Writers fill multiple roles within the video game industry. Scriptwriters create the stories upon which games are based and write dialogue for the characters. Technical writers create accompanying documentation and instructions.

Video Game Testers
Game testers provide quality assurance for the companies that produce video games. They make sure games function correctly and instructions and documentation are clear. They identify problems and bugs and report their findings to designers and developers.

Technical Support Specialists
Technical support specialists are the link between video game companies and the public. They staff call centers where they help customers who have problems operating games and related equipment. Support specialists answer questions via phone, online chat and email.

Program Details

In addition to the general criteria for undergraduate admissions at Georgia State, to be eligible for the Bachelor of Science in Game Development and to enroll in major-level CMIS courses, students must fulfill the following requirements:

Students must earn an average of 2.5 grade points, with no grade lower than a C, across:

  • MATH 1113 or MATH 2211 or MATH 2212 or MATH 2215 and
  • CMIS 1301

Key goals of the major include:

  • Development of an industry-ready and career preparatory project portfolio;
  • CMII-supported senior year internship opportunities; and
  • Senior year involvement in a collaborative design team that takes a full year’s time to create a launch-ready game.

The program's overarching goal is to help students acquire the computational skills needed to succeed early in their career, while learning how to work in team and project environments. Students will also develop the soft skills needed for game industry success: collaboration, communication, the ability to engage productively with a client, to respond to feedback and critique, to work always in a thoughtful and ethical manner.

Coursework in this major introduces students to programming for games (with a focus on design languages most used in the game industry, including C#/C++, Unity, Unreal Engine, Blender, etc.), the development of sophisticated industry-level game engines and in associated technologies such as animation, virtual and augmented reality applications, and immersive design.

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Description

Contacts

Director for Academic Programs
Dr. David Cheshier
Creative Media Industries Institute
dcheshier@gsu.edu
404-413-5649

Associate Professor
Dr. Ying Zhu

Creative Media Industries Institute
Department of Computer Science
yzhu@gsu.edu
404-413-5384

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Place NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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