• Develop fine art skills and an aesthetic foundation, while building skill sets in 2D computer graphics, scripting, 3D modeling, animation, texture, and lighting

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Game Development Bachelor of Applied Science


Program Overview

The Game Development Bachelor's of Applied Science degree program prepares students for a career in the interactive entertainment industry in as few as 32 months.

The Game Development degree program is an intensive practical and theoretical training program that prepares students to become successful in today’s game development industry. Students attending this program have the opportunity to learn both the technical and creative components of fine arts as well as the essential business principles of the entertainment industry.


Degree Progression

Each academic year you'll be immersed in project-based, hands-on courses while gradually accruing your general education requirements.

Freshmen Year: Communications & Critical Thinking, Introduction to Psychology, Drawing Bootcamp, Design Basics, Media Sound & Visual

Sophomore Year: Popular Culture, Mathematical Concepts, Compositing, 3D Modeling, Introduction to Animation, History of Games

Junior Year: Texture & Lighting, Motion Studies, User Interface Design, Game Production, Advanced Game Production, Character Rigging

Senior Year: Creative Writing, American History, Modeling for Games, Architectural Design & Modeling, Final Game Projects



Bachelor's of Applied Science in Game Development

  • San Jose, CA


Technical and Professional Skills

  • Architectural/Interior Visualization
  • Science and Medical Simulation
  • Virtual Reality
  • Forensic Visualization
  • 2D Computer Graphics
  • 3D Modeling
  • Animation
  • Texture and Lighting
  • Characters, Props, and Environments
  • Professional Life Skills

Your Learning Experience

  • A common core curriculum providing you with instruction in digital media literacy and 21st century design.
  • Develop fine art skills and an aesthetic foundation.
  • Design and develop a game level through group work that simulate professional pipeline production techniques.
  • Be part of a team that nurtures your talents, and encourages you to reach your learning potential.
  • Practical training in game design and development paired with guided development such as critical thinking, résumé writing, and job interview practice.
  • Create a series of projects and assets throughout the program specially developed to demonstrate knowledge to prospective employers.


Career Options

  • 3D Artist
  • 3D Animator
  • Game Designer
  • Technical Artist
  • VR Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Game Producer
  • Interface Designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Game Engine Programmer
  • VFX Artist
  • Interactive Audio Artist
  • Game Writer/Author
  • Instructional Designer
  • Systems Engineer

Key facts


    32 Months


    May 2017


    Enroll By: 22 May 2017

    Start Date: 22 May 2017

    End Date: 17 Jan 2020



Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

 Tuition: $61,440.00
Estimated Cost of Textbooks: $1,000.00
Technology Fee: $1,797.00
California STRF Assessment: $0.00



Class Schedule

126 Credit Hours / 32 Months

The SAE Institute San Jose campus is currently available to students and staff Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 11:00PM and 10:00AM to 6:00PM on Saturdays. The campus is closed on Sundays. During these opening times, access to the lecture theatre, all studios, labs, motion capture, green screen, audio and video suites, library and classrooms is subject to the booking process of the SAE Institute San Jose Master Scheduler. Access to offices, copy room, and all building maintenance and storage rooms is not available to students.

Most classes occur between the hours of 8:00AM - 11:00PM. However, labs may periodically be scheduled outside of these hours. Distance education courses are asynchronous. The labs and facilities are open for student use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.