Are you interested in learning how to develop your own computer games? Do you want to express your creative spirit using computer technology? Are you intrigued by social networks implemented in virtual worlds? If your answer is “yes,” the IT major with a game development specialization provides an excellent introduction to this exciting field.
The game development specialization provides an IGDA (International Game Development Association)-recommended background in game development including applications in modeling, design, programming, and management.
Students will study fundamental principles of game design and use this knowledge to program their own games. Students will also learn about a game's components: the representation of the player, of artifacts, the virtual environment that contains them, and the interaction between them and the player. You will be introduced to important game development platforms like Greenfoot, Gamemaker, and Microsoft XNA.
As part of this introduction to gaming, UIU students test the games they have created by hosting an annual game exhibition and tournament for the campus and the community.
As part of the game development specialization, students learn how to apply object-oriented programming concepts in the creation of games…all while learning the basic core information about computer that IT professionals must master.