If you are constantly pondering the production involved in video games or thinking about new and innovative video game ideas, you may have the passion required for the expanding industry of game development.
Where Do You Start?
Our Game and Simulation Programming Bachelor’s degree at Rasmussen College can prepare you to succeed in a fast-paced and exciting career in industries utilizing game and simulation programming techniques. Apart from the entertainment industry, game technology is being used in training, research and simulation environments in areas such as medical, education, and defense industries.
Some key courses in this degree program include:
- Mobile Application Development: Where students develop applications for current and emerging mobile computing devices from conception to completion
- Engineering Virtual Worlds: In this course, students will create multi-user 2D and 3D virtual worlds and gain an understanding of the underlying technologies, methods for building worlds, and ways in which communities are hosted
- Video Game Production Project: Create a capstone project that demonstrates an understanding of professional game creation techniques, such as animation synthesis, building structures for interactive systems, and an ability to apply proper procedures across various software platforms
Compensation in the Game Development Field
Within this $295.6 million industry, it’s no wonder that game development jobs are in demand. In 2010, the average salary across all disciplines and experience levels rose $5,244, over 2009 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Game Developer Magazine also cites that, Programmers earn an average of $55,426, and artists and animators earn a median salary of $44,715.
Career Paths for Those Who Obtain a Degree in Game Development
Game developers can choose from a variety of in-field positions such as: video-game programmer, video-game tester, sound designer, simulation developer
For more information about game development educational and career opportunities, visit: http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/technology-design/game-design/.