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Video Game Development

Channel your creative side through a developing program with industry-leading instructors.

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Type

Diploma

Duration

93 Weeks

Internship

Available

Program Outline

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About The Program

The Video Game Development diploma program offers the chance to build a gaming portfolio; students will also participate in a 16-week internship for hands-on experience.

Career Opportunities

As a Video Game Development graduate, you will qualify for positions such as Quality Assurance/Game Testers, 2D/3D Game Programmers, Mobile Game Programmers, Game AI Programmers, and Level Designers.

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Salary

93 %

Employment Rate*

$ 36

Average Wage/hr**

$ 48

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 2174 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on New Brunswick data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

Program Details

Are you interested in working for an indie gaming outlet or triple A (AAA) gaming studio? The Video Game Development diploma program at Eastern College is designed to teach you the skills you need to be successful in a variety of video game development roles.

In this program, you’ll focus on programming, scripting, game level planning and sound design, and publish your own games, from prototype to release. Develop games using Unity, Unreal, C++, C#, Java, Swift and more! You’ll also learn how to implement artificial intelligence (AI) into your own 2D and 3D games.

Graduate with a portfolio of games and projects that you can be proud to present to potential employers.

A four-month field placement is included to provide you with industry experience. Students in this program receive a 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad with Apple Pencil and access to Adobe Creative Cloud.

This program was developed with industry professionals and is regularly updated to reflect current industry trends.

Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - Video Game Development
At the successful completion of the classroom hours of this program, students will be placed in a 16-week internship at an outside organization. Students will have the opportunity to apply their new and developed skills in a real-world environment. Host sites include Video Game Developers.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. AI & Data Structures for Games
This course teaches students about Game AI (Artificial Inteligence) and Optimized Data Structures for video games. Students will build on their games from the previous course by implementing AI and refactoring their code to support more optimized data structures. Students will have an opportunity to re-visit and improve upon these games in future courses.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Asset Creation for Video Games
This course introduces development students to making their own spritesheets, sprite atlases and simple 3D models for their own games. They will also learn how to import and export their models into various formats. This course provides the opportunity to learn the basics of asset creation and 3D modeling through experience.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business & Organization for the Video Game Industry
This course introduces students to the business side of the video game industry and teaches them core concepts for getting and staying organized. Task management and communication skills and tools will ensure that the student has the knowledge required to be effective in their studies and their environments within the video game industry.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Digital Media & Portfolios
This course introduces students to the criteria used to identify and evaluate digital and interactive media and related technologies. Focus will be placed on the practices and tools used to create and maintain an online presence and portfolio within the video game industry.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Game Engines I 2D
This course will extend students’ knowledge of 2D game programming and development using the Unity game engine and the C# programming language. Students will learn how to work with the Unity Engine which will allow them to develop and publish 2D games that can be targeted to multiple platforms including mobile devices.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Game Engines I 3D
This course will extend students’ knowledge of the Unity Engine and 3D game programming for video games. Students will apply their knowledge of the Unity Engine as they expand into the 3rd dimension. Mathematics and physics principles learned earlier will be applied to create and publish fully functional 3D games using the Unity Engine and the C# Programming language.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Game Engines I Project
This course introduces students to the historical development of video games and the social and cultural effects video games have on society. An analysis of existing video game mechanics, technical design, documentation, planning and implementation will allow students to approach video game design from a knowledge perspective. Students wil generate game design documentation for both existing and their own video games.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Game Engines II 2D
Students in this course work as a team to apply knowledge and skills mastered in Video Game Design, Business & Organization, Engines II 2D, and Engines II 3D courses to develop an Unreal video game of choice. Students will be mentored throughout the process to produce commercial quality video games.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Game Engines II 3D
This course will extend students’ knowledge of the Unreal Engine and 3D game programming for video games. Students will apply their knowledge of the Unreal Engine as they expand into the 3rd dimension while still leveraging blueprints. Mathematics and physics principles learned earlier will be applied to create and publish fully functional 3D games using the Unreal Engine and the C++ Programming language.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Game Engines II Project
Students in this course work as a team to apply knowledge and skills mastered in Video Game Design, Business & Organization, Engines II 2D, and Engines II 3D courses to develop an Unreal video game of choice. Students will be mentored throughout the process to produce commercial quality video games.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Graphics Programming for Video Games
This course continues where the introduction to programming course left off and builds on those foundations. Students are introduced to the graphics programming pipeline where they will learn how to identify and select the right rendering subsystem for their games based on platform and requirements. Students will be designing and building more elaborate games which they will have an opportunity to re-visit and improve upon in future courses.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Programming for Video Games
This course introduces students to programming and various object-oriented problem-solving techniques. Students will identify essential object-oriented terminology and techniques commonly applied to video game development. This course examines the fundamentals of programming and applies those to simple games. This foundation will be built upon in future courses.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Math & Physics Fundamentals for Games
In this course, students will identify key mathematical and physics concepts found in video games. Students will recognize and interpret these concepts as they are applied to video game processes. Students will work through specific math and physics concepts used in most games and game engines.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mobile Video Games I
In this course, students learn how to develop mobile games in Java for use on the Android mobile platform. Students in this course will also work as a team to apply knowledge and skills mastered to develop and optimize a mobile Android video game. Additionally, students will be mentored throughout the process to relay the skills and thought processes necessary to produce commercial quality mobile video games.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mobile Video Games II
In this course, students will learn how to build 2D games for the Apple iOS platform (iPhone/iPad) using the Apple Swift programming language within the Xcode IDE. Students in this course will also work as a team to apply the knowledge and skills mastered to develop a video game prototype that can be showcased within an online portfolio. Additionally, students will be mentored throughout the process to relay the skills and thought processes necessary to produce commercial quality mobile games for iOS.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Porting & Refactoring Games
This course will have students port their more elaborate games from one platform to a different platform or engine. Students will have to refactor their games to work natively on the new platform and take care to further optimize the game code. The game the students produce at the end of this course should be portfolio ready.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Prototyping Video Games
This course provides students with the knowledge and ability to rapidly prototype video game demos to showcase “proof-of-concepts”. Students in this course will also work as a team to apply knowledge and skills mastered to develop a video game prototype. Additionally, students will be mentored throughout the process to relay the skills and thought processes necessary to produce commercial quality video games.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Video Game Design
This course introduces students to the historical development of video games and the social and cultural effects video games have on society. An analysis of existing video game mechanics, technical design, documentation, planning and implementation will allow students to approach video game design from a knowledge perspective. Students will generate game design documentation for both existing and their own video games.
Admission Requirements
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  • High school graduation diploma or equivalent, or Mature Student status.
  • A passing grade on a two-part entrance exam.

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Success Stories

“I had challenges that come with returning to the classroom as a mature learner. These folks are very patient and will better than match your efforts to finish successfully. Thanks, Eastern teachers and staff.”

Tim

2019