You play computer games with your friends, maybe even compete in video gaming tournaments, but do you have what it takes to turn your love for games into a career? Game development professionals must be creative, detail-oriented and imaginative to produce virtual environments across multiple platforms. At the University of Central Missouri, we combine a strong computer science foundation with hands-on digital design courses in a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with a focus on Game Development.
An HCL-accredited bachelor’s degree that blends computer science and game development
Game development is a team sport. Our profession requires teamwork with those who have expertise in audio, graphics, user interface and more.
To help you prepare for exciting — and fun — careers in game development, UCM provides you with the tools and techniques needed to succeed. You’ll take what you’ve learned in your game development courses and apply it as you build video games, mobile apps, virtual simulations and websites.
Degrees for game development with online courses
UCM’s Game Development program is primarily in person, but select coursework can be completed online. You can also pursue our bachelor’s in Game Development degree as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student. This flexibility allows you to learn on your own schedule in your own style.
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What makes UCM unique from other gaming development colleges or gaming development schools is that we blend computer science and game development into one comprehensive bachelor’s program.
Our core classes give you a solid foundation in computer science, including coursework in computer programming, operating systems, software engineering and more.
Specialized courses you may take include:
During your final year, you’ll take the senior project course. In this class, you’ll join your classmates to design, plan, implement, test and launch a development project. This provides you with an opportunity to collaborate with one of our industry partners and put your skills learned in game development courses to work as you tackle a real-world project.
Unlike gaming development colleges or gaming development schools with online degree programs, the University of Central Missouri prepares you for jobs in game development with first-hand experience in how to make games. Throughout our game development courses, you’ll have ample opportunities to hone your development skills and work with others. Here are a few examples:
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The University of Central Missouri allows you to specialize your Computer Science degree and set you up for countless career paths in the video game industry. As part of our degrees for Game Development, you’ll take courses focused on high-demand skills you’ll need for jobs in game development, such as software design and implementation.
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As you consider game development colleges, schools and degrees, we understand you’re preparing to make a big investment in your future. The University of Central Missouri strives to offer competitive tuition rates that can help you afford college.
While we offer paid tutoring and teaching assistant opportunities, you can also finance your college education through scholarships for Computer Science and Game Development majors, including:
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