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Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 17-February-2020
Campus:
Media Design School
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Summary

Study a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming) and become a highly sought-after programmer who can breathe life into unimagined worlds. You’ll collaborate with artists to create beautiful worlds that behave in their own laws of physics and have artificially intelligent creatures. In the three years of your course you’ll learn to development across a range of platforms including PC, Sony PlayStation, and iOS using Unity or Unreal game engines. This degree teaches you to code in a variety of highly sought-after languages, including C++, which will help you succeed in the games industry.

Media Design School is the only school in New Zealand who has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's PlayStation First Academic Development Programme, giving our students the opportunity to develop games for the PlayStation platform.

To be a game developer you'll need both the experience and practical skills to be able to work across multiple game platforms and the ability to collaborate in a group that simulates the industry environment.

In this course, you'll be learning C++ along with other coding languages that will help you succeed in the games industry. In your third year, you'll experience an end-of-year project which will be the closest experience you'll get to an industry environment at any tertiary provider in New Zealand. You'll be collaborating in a group with fellow programmers and artists to create a commercially viable game, which you can include in your portfolio and show-reel by the time you go on to work as a professional.

You'll also have the opportunity to work with the PlayStation game platform. Media Design School has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) to become the only tertiary institute in New Zealand where students can develop for PlayStation platforms, giving you the edge once you graduate.

Our graduates go to work in game studios here and around the globe, such as Game Loft, Grinding Gear Games, Pik Pok and Krome Studios. A degree in Software Engineering could take you down the following career paths:

  • Game Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Graphics Programmer
  • Engine Programmer
  • Artificial Intelligence Programmer
  • Technical Lead
  • Gameplay Programmer
  • Tools/UI Programmer
  • Network Programmer
  • Physics Programmer
  • Sound Programmer.

Course Outline

Year 1

Start your learning with the essential theories, principles and knowledge needed for game programming and development. This includes an overview of C++ programming and practical mathematical skills. You will also gain experience constructing, testing and debugging simple computer games.

Year 2

Prepare for a major game production by learning the management strategies needed for a collaborative project. You will also learn software engineering principles, advanced graphic programming and advanced game programming strategies.

Year 3

The final year focuses on creating a major game production in conjunction with Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) students. Students also begin developing for PlayStation platforms Vita and PS4.

Entry criteria

You'll need a minimum qualification of NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as:

  • An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Media Design School to be sufficient for admission into a bachelors programme
  • CIE (University of Cambridge International Examination)
  • IB (International Baccalaureate)
  • Plus, you will need to have fulfilled the following credit requirements: 28 NCEA Credits, Level 3, in a range of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Computing and Technology.

You'll also need to prove you have sufficient English language skills in order to complete this course. We'll be looking for Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum), or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language.

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