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Game & Interactive Design (AS)

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Degree - Code #2920

Jeremy Speed Schwartz, Program Coordinator
Email address: speedj@alfredstate.edu

The game and interactive design (AS) program will offer a hands-on, studio-based approach to design, programming, and storytelling. Course work covers the breadth of interactive design from AAA (triple A) game titles to the interactions of application interfaces. Skills developed in the program are applicable to the growing fields of user experience (UX) design, application design, web design, data visualization and interactive entertainment. The program will develop foundational skills, yet provide versatility and flexibility in the graduating student, allowing employment opportunities to expand well beyond a singular field of design.

ADVANTAGES

Graduates of the game and interactive design Associate in Science (AS) program will possess the skills and technical knowledge base necessary to be proficient and capable in both the design and development of interactive media. They will be prepared for entry-level positions in the fields of experience (UX) design, application design, web design, data visualization, and interactive entertainment, as well as prepared for transfer to a bachelor's-level program.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the game and interactive design program.  Laptop specifications are available at http://www.alfredstate.edu/game-interactive-design

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with the technology associated with game and interactive design.
  • Organize and produce works of interactive media.
  • Create quality works of game design and interactive media.
  • Analyze their own work, as well as the work of others in critiques, presentations, writings, and other activities.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic through time management and quality works.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking by completing problem-solving activities.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Alfred State game and interactive design AS graduates may enter directly into the game and interactive design BS, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, or the technology management BBA degree program.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Game design
  • UX (user experience design)
  • Interactive entertainment
  • Application design
  • Data visualization
  • Web design

RELATED PROGRAMS

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required: Algebra, Geometry

Recommended: Algebra 2, Physics

A typical day consists of two, one-hour lectures and a two-hour studio in the freshman and sophomore years. At the junior and senior levels, three-hour studios are required.

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

DGMA 1403 Digital Foundations I 3
CISY 1113 Computer Programming I 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
FNAT 1403 Survey of Interactive Media 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
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Second

DGMA 2403 Introduction to 3D Animation 3
DGMA 4103 Interactive Design 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
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Third

DGMA 3703 2D Game Design 3
CISY 2133 Computer Programming II 3
PHYS 1044 College Physics I 4
FNAT 2333 Survey of Design 3
XXXX xxx3 CISY or DGMA Technical Elective 3
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Fourth

DGMA 4303 3D Game Design 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
FNAT 3513 Art History II 3
COMP 3603 Writing for Emergent Media 3
XXXX xxx3 CISY or DGMA Technical Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
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