BS in Game Development


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Program Description

AUM’s Game Development major is an all-encompassing guide to the video game industry, and a means to prepare students for the fundamentals of the game economy. Step-by-step, you progress from pre-production, design, and development all the way to packaging and shipping off your game. The Game Development program accompanies you through every part of the journey.

Game Development is as much about the creative process as it is about the technical side. From the latest in software-development kits and engine builds to Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality, our experts stay on top of the newest resources. This way, our students can seamlessly transition into the industry.

Once you have traveled the distance, you will have the choice of whether to stay on the academic path and pursue a higher degree or apply your sharpened creative skillset by taking up a career in the game development industry.

We want you to graduate feeling prepared for your career. This is why our academic advisors are available to you at all times: to guide you through creating your portfolio, highlighting your strengths and abilities, and navigating your way through networking – a crucial step in getting a foothold in the industry.

Ultimately, obtaining a degree in Game Development is as much about plunging into the creative process as it is about familiarizing yourself with the technical side of things. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of what it means to design, develop, and market a video game, including the latest in:

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Graphics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Animation
  • Software Architecture
  • Networking

Degree Requirements

The BS in Game Development degree is a four-year degree program.

In their first and to some extent their second years, students will focus on completion of the University’s General Education Program (42 US / 84 ECTS credits), with specialized courses in language and culture introduced. In the third and fourth years, students will focus increasingly on topics relevant to their major. To earn a Bachelor’s degree, students must satisfactorily complete at least 125 US / 250 ECTS credits, fulfill all the requirements for the Game Development degree, and achieve a CGPA of 2.00 or higher.

The degree is designed to be completed in four years, assuming students make satisfactory progress toward the degree and do not interrupt their study. Details about leave of absence, standards of progress, and the maximum time allowed to complete the course can be found in the American University of Malta’s Catalog.

AUM American University of Malta

4-Year Degree Plan Outline

Year 1

Semester I

  • English Composition 1
  • Unity of Life (with lab)
  • History of the Mediterranean
  • Introduction to Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics
  • Free Elective

Semester II

  • Introduction to C++
  • English Composition II
  • Introduction to the Physical Universe (with lab)
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Arts/Humanities GE

Year 2

Semester I

  • Communication in a Multicultural Setting
  • Data Structures
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Applied Ethics
  • Free Elective

Semester II

  • Introduction to General Chemistry (with lab)
  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Science Theory
  • Free Elective

Year 3

Semester I

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Applied Geometry
  • Optimized C++
  • Introduction to Game Design
  • Arts/Humanities GE

Semester II

  • Computer Graphics
  • Game Design Patterns
  • Level Design
  • Game Modification

Year 4

Semester I

  • Game Networking
  • 3D Design and Modeling
  • Game Engine | Development
  • Game Artificial Intelligence
  • Tech Elective

Semester II

  • Game Engine II Development
  • Game Physics
  • Global Software Development
  • Game Development Project

Program Total: 120 Credits

Career Opportunities

  • Full-Stack Game Developer at a game development company.
  • Video Game Critic for visual and print media outlets.
  • Augmented Reality Guru at a cutting-edge tech firm.

These and many other challenging, satisfying, and lucrative opportunities await you upon graduation.

Last updated Mar 2020

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