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Digital Media Technology

About Game Development

Game Development, Interactive Media, and simulation are areas where there is a demand for technically proficient individuals with multiple skillsets ready to handle any task. The Entertainment Software Association projects the need for thousands of Multimedia Animators, Technical artists, and other Game Development professionals by 2026. The outlook for this career is as fast as average, with an 8% growth during this time frame. In the BS in Digital Media Technology at Eastern Illinois University students will learn in Gaming Development courses, through hands on experience, how to do the following:

  • Game development
  • Game programming
  • Interaction design
  • Virtual and augmented reality creation
  • Virtual Simulation

Students will use in their coursework game development and animation software as well as hardware such as virtual reality headsets, motion capture suits, and motion tracking cameras. This area of focus will prepare students to work in professions such as:

  • Technical artist
  • Animator
  • Game Developer
  • Game Mechanic Designer
  • Game Programmer

Click here to see a complete list of coursework and descriptions for courses in Digital Media Technology.

Courses in Digital Media Technology are offered on rotated basis. Click here to see a PDF of the current planned rotation

The following courses are offered in the Game Development Focus Area:

CIT 1813 - Introduction to Programming (C++)(2-2-3). An introduction to the theory and practice of computer programming in the area of technology applications, emphasizing the knowledge needed for program development including basic concepts of software development, data structures, objects, classes, operations, and loops. Course is restricted to students with a major or minor in Computer and Information Technology, Digital Media, Engineering Technology, or permission of instructor. Credits: 3

DGT 4783 - Mobile Gaming.(1-4-3). A study of techniques and tools used in mobile gaming, animation, and simulation modeling. Emphasis will be on creation, manipulation, and publishing of mobile applications for gaming, animation, and simulation specific to mobile devices. Prerequisites & Notes: A grade of “C” or better in DGT 3003 or permission of instructor. Credits: 3

DGT 4793 - Game Programming.(1-4-3). A study of the programming languages used in gaming, animation, and simulation modeling. Emphasis will be on application of programming languages for gaming, animation, and simulation for desktop and mobile devices. Prerequisites & Notes: A grade of “C” or better in DGT 3003 or permission of instructor. Credits: 3

DGT 4913 - Emerging Gaming Technology.(1-4-3). A study of emerging techniques and technologies used in gaming, animation, and simulation projects. Prerequisites & Notes: A grade of “C” or better in DGT 3003 or permission of instructor. Credits: 3

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Projects from the Introductory Game Development Course

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