What will I learn?

What will I study?

With the surge in interactive computer games for both learning and entertainment, the need for developers has risen and the industry is experiencing a severe shortage of game programmers. You’ll begin with a foundation in programming languages, problem solving techniques, and computer ethics. Then you’ll dig into everything necessary for great game design and development. We’ll teach you the game creation process, game play theory, fundamentals in computer graphics, components of animation, and how to thrive as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Interesting classes you might take:

  • 3D Object Creation
  • Advanced Computer Gaming
  • OOP with C# and Games
  • Computer Ethics
  • Photoshop and Illustrator

Why choose Game Design & Development at SHU?

The Princeton Review in a partnership with GamePro magazine has recognized Sacred Heart University's game design program as one of the best in the United States and Canada. Read more. Additionally, SHU's gaming program ranked highly by The Princeton Review’s list saluting the best graduate schools to study video game design.

What are the Student Learning Outcomes for a Game Design and Development Major?

  • An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the discipline.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about technical information.
  • An ability to make informed judgements in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles
  • An ability to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk, and produce deliverables.

What are my career options with a degree in Game Design & Development?

Here are just a few of the careers you may pursue with this degree:

  • Computer Animator
  • Game Designer
  • Programmer
  • Professional Tester

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (At least 120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$42,800.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020, 11 January 2021

Venue

Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue,

FAIRFIELD,

Connecticut,

06825, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary-school education (approximately twelve years of formal education) and have the appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on leaving examinations.

For international students

Students must have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary-school education (approximately twelve years of formal education) and have the appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on leaving examinations.

English language proficiency: TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the TOEFL iBT, IELTS - 6.5, PTE - 62, iTEP - 5, ELS English for Academic Purposes - Level 112, Cambridge Advanced English – 58.

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About this uni

With an employability record of 95% at the Institution, Sacred Heart graduates secure jobs soon after completing their studies.

  • 4th among ‘Most Innovative Universities’ in the North USA
  • Has a 15:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Home to a total of over 8,000 students
  • Home to award-winning halls of residence