Unlock your success in the ever-evolving realm of game creation.
At Bethany College, our cutting-edge game development minor is meticulously designed to equip you with the essential skills needed for a thriving career as a programmer, designer, or producer in the dynamic gaming industry. Through collaboration with Unity Technologies – the #1 most used video game engine in the world – this minor will focus on portfolio-building coursework and project-based learning.
We have a clear vision- to empower you with a diverse range of experiences, ensuring your ability to shine not only in larger renowned firms but also within the vibrant ecosystem of smaller developers. In today’s technology-centered world, exciting new opportunities in game development are booming in small-to-medium-sized studios. Join us on this thrilling journey and unlock the door to your success in the ever-evolving realm of game creation.
Areas of Study
- Game Development (minor)
Careers in Game Development
- Game Developer
- Content Designer
- Background artist
- Character artist
- Concept Artist
- Desktop Publishing Specialist
- QA Game Tester
- User Experience Specialist
- Audio Worker
Game Development Courses
At Bethany, you’ll find a curriculum that distinctively prepares you for a successful career in the field of game development.
- CPSC 130 Introduction to Games
Games sit at the intersection of technology, art, and culture, so success within the games industry requires you to understand all three. This course explores why we love games, what role they play in society, and the industry that produces them. You’ll also learn the basics of game development. This course was developed in partnership with Unity and the IGDA to help everyone interested in the games industry start on the right foot. This online class has optional live sessions.
- CPSC 151 Computer Science I
This course emphasizes techniques of algorithmic design, structured programming, and debugging. The course also introduces students the mission-critical and strategic importance of IBM z System mainframe transactions or real-time data analytic technologies used by U.S. and Global Fortune 500 companies. By learning the z System, students learn an overall structure of the enterprise computing from hardware architectures to application programming. This beginning course for computer science majors may also be taken by others who wish to learn a high-level computer language.
- CPSC 152 Computer Science II
This course is an introduction to advanced features of a high-level computer language including stacks, queues, and user-defined data structures. The programming assignments involve the techniques of searching, sorting, and recursion.
- CPSC 250 Content and Systems Design
If you’ve ever enjoyed the experience of playing a video game, you’ve had a first-hand lesson in how important content and systems design are. The experience of a game is driven by four major components: content, systems, narrative, and user experience. This class will help you learn to design all four components, and build a deeper understanding of the game development process and an introduction to concepts in scripting. This online class has optional live sessions.
- CPSC 275 Data Structures and Algorithms
This course is a study of the theory of and advanced techniques for representation of data, including link-lists, trees, graphs, analysis of algorithms, sorting, searching, and hashing techniques.
- CPSC 350 Unity I: Working with Unity
The Unity engine powers nearly 50% of all games and nearly 75% of mobile games. This course, built in collaboration with Unity and the IGDA, will introduce you to developing games in Unity. By the end of this course, you'll learn how to build a fully functioning game within the Unity system, including all key elements. This online course has optional live sessions