• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

Overview

This Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Game Programming and Development balances a solid foundation in IT fundamentals with advanced training in the tools and techniques used by industry professionals today.

Students learn and apply principles used in writing code, developing artificial intelligence, working inside of game engines and designing realistic physics for video games. Courses mirror the industry-standard workflow pipeline used in the production of games across multiple platforms - from web to console, PC and mobile - so that when you graduate, you're ready for your new career as a game programmer.

See Yourself Succeed with a Major in Game Programming & Development

Creativity, critical thinking and technical skills all come together in this in-demand undergraduate program. You'll emerge with the skills you need to enter an industry that is as fast-paced as it is exciting.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in game programming and development at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. (This scholarship amount is only for students who do not need a visa to study in the U.S.)
  • Innovative programs. Save time and tuition with our three-year degree programs, or study abroad at little or no extra cost.
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, New Hampshire, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

​Internships & Outcomes

The game design industry in the United States continues to grow, with industry revenues topping $30.4 billion in 2016 according to the Entertainment Software Association. Skilled game programmers are consistently in demand and SNHU’s major in game programming and development prepares you well for positions such as Game Programmer, Physics Programmer, Tools Engineer, Game Engine Programmer, and UI Programmer.

In addition to faculty with industry experience, this undergraduate program helps you develop deep connections with other professionals. Students have opportunities to complete internships with game development companies, interact with industry professionals who regularly speak on campus and join a vibrant community of game developers in the game design club.

Most importantly, students work on teams to develop publication-quality games as part of GameJams and other competitions held throughout the school year. We want to make sure that when you graduate, you have connections in the industry and a rich portfolio of work to show prospective employers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Game Programming 
  • Scripting for Games 
  • Algorithms and Data Structures for Games 
  • Multiplayer Video Game Development 
  • Artificial Intelligence for Games 
  • Graphics Game Engine 
  • Game Programming Capstone 
  • 3-D Modeling and Animation 
  • Fundamentals of Game Design 
  • Interactive Animation 
  • Game Design and Production 
  • Studio Environment 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    71

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All transcripts submitted must be official or attested copies of degrees, diplomas, or certificates. Academic documents must include an official transcript with record of courses and grades/marks received. Transcripts should be issued by the institution in a sealed and stamped envelope. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30756 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30756 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30756 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Manchester

  • 990 - 1790 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

International Merit Scholarship: As part of the commitment to international students and their academic achievement, Southern New Hampshire University offers merit-based scholarships to international students who are applying for admission to SNHU.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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