Game Development

Built with Unity Technologies
$108k median annual salary
17% job growth
Our Game Development degree is hands-on, and was built in collaboration with Unity Technologies

Launch a Game Development degree built with an industry leader students trust - Unity Technologies is the world's #1 most used video game engine.

Job-focused, project-based, and designed to help students build a great portfolio, this is an attractive degree program to prepare students for the most exciting jobs in the multi-billion dollar gaming industry.

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Gaming careers are growing.
Passion for the industry is massive.
Students want in.

Expected industry size by 2026.
Median Annual Salary for Game Developers
Job growth over the next decade

What makes the Rize Game Development program attractive to prospective students

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Real-World Courses Taught by Qualified Professional & Academic Experts in the Game Development Field

Each Rize program has a dedicated curriculum committee comprised of faculty & industry experts in the program's subject area.

These experts understand the needs of hiring managers in related industries to ensure courses are current and professionally relevant.


Rize programs leverage the courses you already have:

Our Academic Partners will work directly with you to build a unique program leveraging and integrating courses you already have in your catalog.
A potential Game Development major could look like this:
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Example courses from your institution
Calculus I
Statistics & Probability
Programming I & II
Data Structures
Courses from Rize
Intro to Games
Content and Systems Design
Unity I: Working with Unity
C# Programming
Unity II: Advanced Unity Programming
Capstone Project: Building a Game
Courses and curriculum

Game Development course descriptions

You can launch this Game Development program by adding 6 Rize courses to your existing catalog, enabling you to market a Game Development degree to prospective students in as little as one semester. Expand below to read the course descriptions.

GDM I | Introduction to Games

Games sit at the intersection of technology, art, and culture, so success within the games industry requires you to understand all three. This course explores why we love games, what role they play in society, and the industry that produces them. You’ll also learn the basics of game development. This course was developed in partnership with Unity and the IGDA to help everyone interested in the games industry start on the right foot. This online class has optional live sessions.

GDM II | Content and Systems Design
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If you’ve ever enjoyed the experience of playing a video game, you’ve had a first-hand lesson in how important content and systems design are. The experience of a game is driven by four major components: content, systems, narrative, and user experience. This class will help you learn to design all four components, and build a deeper understanding of the game development process and an introduction to concepts in scripting. This online class has optional live sessions.

GDM III | Unity I, Working with Unity
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The Unity engine powers nearly 50% of all games and nearly 75% of mobile games. This course, built in collaboration with Unity and the IGDA, will introduce you to developing games in Unity. By the end of this course, you'll learn how to build a fully functioning game within the Unity system, including all key elements. This online course has optional live sessions.

GDM IV | C# Programming
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C# is a modern, general purpose, object oriented programming language with a range of uses, most notably creating desktop applications, web applications, web services and building games using the Unity engine. This course is intended to give students a working knowledge of the C# programming language and the .NET framework, as well as an understanding of C#’s application to the Unity Game Development Engine. This online course has optional live sessions.

GDM V | Unity II, Advanced Unity Programming

This course is intended to provide students with the skills and knowledge to bring their mastery of the Unity game engine and C# programming up to a professional standard. Students will learn how to perform a range of vital code-based tasks within the Unity platform, and will grow their skills in building core gameplay functionality, supporting systems and platform-specific optimizations. This course was built in collaboration with Unity. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to sit for the Unity Certified Associate: Programmer exam. This online course has optional live sessions.

GDM VI | Capstone Project: Building a Game

This course is intended as a culmination of all a student’s work in the Unity Game Development major. Students will work in groups to build a game in the unity engine that uses real-time 2D or 3D visuals and showcases their understanding of the core principles of game design. Students will pitch their game, design, prototype, build and test their game. Students will be evaluated based on the quality of their game, and their internal project management processes. This online course has optional live sessions.

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Students give these courses rave reviews

“The projects we had to do were very motivating… It sparked interest in me, got the light going in my brain - I loved doing the projects!”
Cole B.
Walsh University
“Rize has given me an opportunity to add something to my degree. Something that I wanted to find at my school but wasn’t there.”
Chisunta C.
Albertus Magnus College
“Class experience is amazing!”
Mary D.
Mary Baldwin University
“It’s helped me know what I want to do in my career because of how immersive the assignments are.”
Jacob J.
Lasell University
“Even though everything was online… it still felt like the same kind of small classroom that I really enjoy, and that’s why I chose my college - so I kinda got that same experience even thru the computer.”
Summer R.
Lasell University
"One of the things I liked about [it] was getting to meet new people from different colleges and getting to hear new experiences and opinions."
Kara B.
Lasell University

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