At a glance

Game development provides students a solid basis to pursue employment in the field of simulation, training, education, game development, and visual storytelling while being flexible enough to allow students to pursue a major in another discipline.

Majors

  • Bachelor of Arts in Game Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Game Development

Concentration

  • Game Development

Minor

  • Game Development

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Carthage takes a unique approach to a major in game development, combining computer science with art and digital media. The new program equips graduates to design and develop high-level video games, as well as training simulations, 3-D models, and animation.

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Game Development Courses you’ll take

  • Principles of Computer Science (I and II)
  • Game Development (I, II, and III)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Modeling
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Operating Systems

Courses in Game Development

The College converted the former WOH's Place to an Esports Arena on the lower level of the Todd W... Facilities and research

Sharing arena space with Carthage’s varsity esports team, students can access 24 gaming stations with custom-built Lenovo PCs and an adjacent classroom. The Science Center contains a server room, hardware lab, and a networking/ advanced computing facility with Linux and Sun/Solaris platforms.

 

Student Opportunities

Students will consult with Carthage’s new competitive esports team members when creating and refining original games.

Students in the program also have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member for a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience or delve into up-and-coming topics and technologies during a month-long period of study for J-Term.

Opportunities for Game Development Students

 

 

Financial aid

Students intending to major in computer science or another eligible major at Carthage can participate in the Math/Science Scholarship competition. Two full-tuition scholarships are awarded each year.

Math/Science Scholarships