• 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: Principles of Game Design, Introduction to Game Development, English Composition, College Mathematics, Programming for Games

Sophomore Year: Game Development 1 & 2, Logic and Math for Games, Environmental Science, Psychology, Game Stories and Characters

Junior Year: Game Development 3 & 4, Multiplayer Game Design and Technology, Modern and Contemporary Art, US History, Audio for Game Development

Senior Year: Level and Entertainment Design, Animation for Games, Game Feel and Juice, Literature, Game Development Capstone, Portfolio



Bachelor's of Applied Science in Game Development

  • Emeryville, CA
  • 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

  • Game Designer
  • Game Programmer
  • Level Designer
  • Technical Artist
  • Full-Stack Developer
  • VR Developer
  • 3D Artist
  • 3D Animator
  • Technical Director
  • Project Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Education Designer
  • Game Networking Engineer
  • Game Producer
  • Interface Designer
  • UI/UX Designer
  • Game Engine Programmer
  • 3D Modeler
  • Mobile Game Developer
  • VFX Artist
  • Game Writer/Author

Key facts


    32 Months


    Jul 2017

    Sep 2017


    Enroll By: 10 Jul 2017

    Start Date: 10 Jul 2017

    End Date: 25 Apr 2020



Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

 Tuition: $80,000.00
Estimated Cost of Textbooks: $1,000.00
Technology Fee: $2,396.00
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.