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Information Technology - Game Development and Entrepreneurship

About

Degree:

Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

Faculty/School:

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Location:

UOIT, North Oshawa

Start dates:

September

Length:

Four years

Program load:

Full-time

OUAC code:

DGD

General information:

Game Development and Entrepreneurship is designed to provide students with a wide range of game design and programming expertise. Students are immersed in the game development process from day one and build complete video games each semester. Successful students develop their knowledge and skills in a diverse team environment and learn to work with programmers, artists and designers to create innovative products that push the medium to its limits.

In Years 1 to 3, all students participate in the Game Development Workshop (GDW). Each course taken in that year is integrated with a GDW project for a semester-long game project. Students will work in teams to successfully develop a complete game, apply knowledge learned in all of the program’s courses.

An innovative gaming and virtual reality laboratory features motion capture facilities, an audiometric (sound) room, 3D displays and the latest in interaction devices. Students acquire business and management knowledge and develop entrepreneurial skills, allowing graduates to quickly advance their careers in the game industry as employees or entrepreneurs in charge of developing and managing their own gaming businesses. Students may take the required business courses to obtain a minor in Marketing, Game Production Management or Operations Management.

Admissions

Admission requirements:

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U) with a recommended minimum average of 60 per cent and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U) with a recommended minimum average of 60 per cent. Applicants with credentials from outside Ontario should visit the admissions section of Future Students at www.uoit.ca. 

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off:

75 per cent

Expected cut-off:

Mid to high 70s

Curriculum

Program Curriculum:

Sample courses: 
Business of Gaming 
Creative Writing and Narrative Concepts 
Discrete Mathematics 
Game Development Workshop 
Graphic Design 
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 
Introduction to Programming 
Linear Algebra and Physics for Games 
Object Oriented Programming 
Principles of Marketing 

A full program map is available in the 2013-2014 Academic CalendarCourses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learnings

Field placement:

This program offers students who have successfully completed two years of study, and who have achieved a cumulative 3.0 GPA (B average on a 4.3 scale), an opportunity to engage in a contracted learning partnership with businesses in the Durham Region, Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and around the globe. Faculty members may provide links to various internship placement opportunities or a student may secure an employer who meets the criteria as prescribed by the Faculty of Business and Information Technology.

The internship program not only gives students an opportunity to apply classroom concepts to the challenges of organizational life, but also helps them to gain valuable and relevant work experience to promote networking and life-long career success. Participating employers are given the opportunity to bring the motivated learners, thinkers and doers of tomorrow into their workplaces, as well as provide valuable mentoring to students.

The internship program placement equates to a minimum of 280 hours of progressive business and management experience. The intern’s wages (stipulated in a contract) are paid by the sponsoring business over a contracted period. Successful work placement completion and both a verbal and written final report will result in the intern receiving a mark and three credits toward the Honours Bachelor of Information Technology degree requirements.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities:

Graduates from the Game Development and Entrepreneurship major are prepared for all roles in the game development field and are equipped with the knowledge required to launch their own game development enterprise. 

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) also prepares graduates for a variety of post-graduate opportunities.

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