Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Game Design and Development BS

Program Overview

The game design and development major allows students to explore the entertainment technology landscape and related areas, while still pursuing a broad-based university education. The degree is intended specifically for students who aspire to hold careers within the professional games industry or a related field, such as simulation, edutainment, or visualization. This degree also provides students with a core computing education that prepares them for graduate study or employment in a number of computing fields.

With an emphasis on game programming, the major exposes students to a breadth of development and design processes. Students complete a core of required course work and then pursue advanced studies that can be customized to individual interests and career goals. Students can further specialize their major by taking electives in areas such as game design, production, engines and systems, graphics programming and animation, mobile, web, audio, and more. This depth of course work also enables students to build a robust portfolio of games and other interactive projects.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science in Game Design & Development
  • Minors in Game Design & Development, Game Design, FOSS

Enrollment

  • Approximately 647 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 2 blocks, 10 week/summer or 15 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: second-year fall through fourth year summer

Salary Information

Co-op:        $16.25                                  $8.75 - $45.00
BS:              $64,500

Student Skills & Capabilities

By the end of the 2nd year, students will have worked individually and collaboratively in C#, Unity, and C++, developing a portfolio of games and prototypes. Students continue in their 3rd and 4th years using and building game engines using a variety of tools and programming languages. Courses cover game physics, tools development, graphics APIs, software practices, mobile development, advanced systems concepts, console development, production, and other specialties that students can choose.

Equipment & Facilities

Students can access facilities found throughout the College of Computing and the MAGIC building. These labs are equipped with a variety hardware from Alienware® to ensure a mix of several processor types, hardware configurations, the Adobe® and Autodesk® production suites, the Android Studio IDE, MacOS computer hardware, the Xcode IDE, graphics boards from competing vendors in a true development and testing environment, and other industry standard development tools.

Job Titles

Co-op: Game Designer, Programmer, Software Development Intern, Web-Mobile Developer, Unity Game Programmer, Technical Artist Intern, Junior Game Developer, Interactive Developer Intern, Web Developer, Tools Engineer

Full Time: Associate Software Engineer, QA Tester, Software Engineer, Applications Developer, Associate Gameplay Programmer, Associate Tools Programmer, Full Stack Developer, Game Designer, Game Developer, Graphics Engineer, Junior Developer, Web Developer

Significant Points

  • The degree program has been consistently ranked in the top 10 programs for undergraduate students in Game Design in the Princeton Review rankings since the inception of the rankings.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Co-op: 1st Playable Productions, Amazon, American Greetings, Blizzard Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Dig-It Games!, Electronic Arts, Hasbro, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, MITRE, Lockheed Martin, Riot Games, Rochester Regional Health, Second Avenue Learning, Target, Vicarious Visions, Wegmans, Zynga

Full-time: Amazon, American Greetings, Apple, Blizzard, Boeing, Electronic Arts, Forbes, Google, Havok, Hi-Rez  Studios, Intel Labs, Microsoft, Roblox, Sony Santa Monica Studios, Southwest Airlines, Tencent, Vicarious Visions, Wayfair, Willow Tree, Zynga

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact the career services coordinators who work with the Game Design & Development program. You can access information about services through our web site at https://www.rit.edu/careerservices.
 
(Last Name: A – K) Nan Burgess-Whitman, Career Services Coordinator
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603