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Computer Gaming ,Certificate

Computer Gaming, Certificate

3-D Modeling, Game Design, Game Development, Game Engine, Software Development, Virtual Worlds, computing, graphics


The computer gaming certificate program is designed to provide a game development skill set that the student can apply to domain-specific applications in the student's major. The skill set includes architecture of game engines, art design and computer graphics for gaming, and game software development.

In this certificate program, students learn to apply gaming technology to the rapidly growing video game industry and to business, medicine, geography, biotechnology and education. Examples of projects include:

  • building a game that teaches linear algebra by incorporating trigonometric rules into the game design
  • creating a game that teaches correct sentence construction to beginning learners of English
  • creating a game to help patients with physical therapy
  • creating an interactive virtual world for corporate training
  • designing a game platform incorporating geographic information systems
  • inventing a surgical simulation to educate medical students

At a Glance
Program Requirements

Students will complete nine credit hours of core courses (including a final capstone project) and nine credit hours of elective courses. The certificate requires 12 credit hours of upper-division coursework. Students need to allow at least three years to complete the certificate program due to the prerequisite structure.
Core Courses -- 9 credit hours
Electives -- 9 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

The computer gaming certificate is open to any student admitted to an undergraduate degree program at ASU and in good academic standing. This certificate can also be used by interdisciplinary studies BA students as part of their degree program.

All students are eligible to take CPI courses. Students who want to declare the certificate need to complete the undergraduate certificate form on the registrar's website and submit it to the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering Academic Advising Center located in Centerpoint, Room 105. Interdisciplinary studies students need to contact their advisor to add the computer gaming concentration to their degree program.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career Opportunities

Students can advance their career options with an undergraduate certificate. The certificate in computer gaming helps students become more marketable to employers in the gaming industry by adding this specialization to complement their major program of study.

Contact Information

What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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