BS in Computer Games Development - Production Design

Bachelor of Science 2011-2012

Computer Games Development

Production and Design Concentration

Students in this concentration receive an education in all areas of game development, including game design, programming and animation, but also the basic business skills of project management, budgeting, contract negotiation, marketing and quality assurance.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses)
  • earn a grade of C- or higher in all Major courses (excluding Liberal Studies courses and Open Electives)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements. The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better.

Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program. Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.

Note Students must complete an ethics class as one of the Philosophical Inquiry or Religious Dimensions requirements. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites.

First Year
GAM 226 Fundamentals of Game Design
GD 105 Intro to Visual Design
GAM 244 Game Development I
GAM 245 Game Development II
ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors
OR ANI 201 Animation I
Liberal Studies Requirements
DC 201 Introduction to Screenwriting
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
1 Self Society and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
Second Year
GAM 230 Intro to Game Production
MAT 150 Calculus I
CSC 261 Programming in C++ I
CSC 262 Programming in C++ II
GAM 341 Introduction to Level Design
ANI 230 3D Design and Modeling
1 Major Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Self Society and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
1 Scientific Inquiry
Third Year
ANI 231 3D Animation
GAM 250 Digital Sound for Computer Games
GAM 374 Fundamentals of Game Programming I
IM 220 Interactive Media I
WRD 204 Technical Writing
3 Major Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning
GAM 228 Ethics in Computer Games and Cinema
1 Arts & Literature
1 Philosophical Inquiry
Fourth Year
GAM 333 The Business of Games
GAM 392 Game Modification Workshop
GAM 394 Game Development Project I
GAM 395 Game Development Project II (Capstone)
1 Major Elective
4 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Arts & Literature
1 Self Society and the Modern World
1 Religious Dimensions
Major Electives
Major electives can be chosen from the following list
200 level ANI, DC, GAM, GD, GPH, or IM courses
300 level CDM courses

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses.

Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalogue for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.