What is Computer Game Development?

The program focuses on the production and consumption of games as an important social, cultural, and economic medium. Students often work in teams from diverse disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. English, Art and Design, and Computing Science) to do project work that gives hands-on experience directly applicable to the video games industry.

Why add this certificate to your degree?

The certificate is intended to complement discipline-specific studies with courses that give opportunities to work in multidisciplinary teams, build complete small and medium-scale games, and interact with the games industry.

What experiences are involved in obtaining this certificate?

  • The certificate begins with CMPUT 250: Computers and Games. It is designed for second-year students, and serves as the entry point for the certificate. It is focused on interdisciplinary teamwork and provides a broad view of all aspects of game development as students follow the entire creative process: from concept, through pitch, to delivery, of a short narrative-based game using a commercial game engine. This course uses guest lectures from many departments as well as the games industry.
  • The culmination of the certificate is INT D 450: Computers and Games, a capstone course that returns to a focus on interdisciplinary teams developing a complete game, using all of the skills learned in both the intermediate certificate courses and courses from the student's own discipline.

What additional courses are required?

Students choose to take 4 additional courses (along with CMPUT 250 and INTD 450) from a broad range of offerings, click here for a list of currently eligible courses.