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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Science
Game Design and Development Minor

New Minor, effective September 1, 2017.

The Game Design and Development minor is aimed at those interested in the computer gaming industry and related fields. While offering some programming, the minor focuses mainly on the broader game design process. It provides opportunities to gain practical and creative skills in developing stories, designs and systems as part of a games development team, or in creating small games, and game-like, or gamified applications.

Note: Those looking to gain their programming and computing skills needed to develop complex video games should instead consider the more technically-focused Game Programming minor instead.

Game Design and Development Minor – Specific Requirements

In addition to the BSc program general requirements and the specific requirements of the major, a minor in Game Design and Development involves the completion of 24 credits of core and elective courses.

Core Courses

15 credits
COMP 230 Storyboard Design and Development (3)
COMP 282 Social Aspects of Games, Leisure, and Entertainment (3)
COMP 283 Effective Use of Myths and Facts in Computer Games (3)
COMP 318 Introduction to Game Design and Development (3)
COMP 486 Mobile and Internet Game Development (3)

Elective Courses

9 credits
Students complete a minimum of 9 credits from the list of courses below:
COMP 206 Introduction to Computer Programming (C++) (3)
COMP 268 Introduction to Computer Programming (Java) (3)
COMP 306 C++ for Programmers (3)
COMP 214 Interactive Technologies (3)
COMP 266 Introduction to Web Programming (3)
COMP 272 Data Structures and Algorithms (3)
COMP 308 Distributed Computing (3)
COMP 369 Practical Game Programming (3)
COMP 361 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
COMP 378 Introduction to Database Management (3)
COMP 390 Computer Graphics (3)
COMP 452 Artificial Intelligence for Game Developers (3)
COMP 466 Advanced Technologies for Web-Based Systems (3)
COMP 482 Human Computer Interaction (3)
COMP 489 Distributed Computing (3)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated April 30 2018 by laurab

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