Athabasca University

Game Development and Programming, Certificate

The University Certificate in Game Development and Programming (UCGDP) offered by Athabasca University is designed to meet the needs of the game industry by providing students with a solid technical base in game development and programming.

About

The Game Development and Programming course is offered by Athabasca University

Program Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge, insight and understanding related to various aspects of game development and programming;
  • exhibit familiarity with the flow of game development and the main substantive areas of game programming;
  • have a comprehensive idea of the social, economic and cultural implications of game development;
  • think critically and develop games in a conscious, systematic manner; and
  • exhibit strong network programming, 3D programming, and artificial intelligence programming capabilities in game development and programming.

Possible Career Options

  • Network programmer
  • UI programmer
  • AI programmer
  • Graphics programmer
  • Sound programmer
  • Internet game programmer
  • Scripter

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date This program starts every month.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Semi-structured
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Network Programming in Java 
  • Mobile Internet Game Development
  • Interactive Technologies
  • Graphics Design (under development)
  • Effective Use of Myths and Facts in Computer Games
  • Artificial Intelligence for Game Developers
  • Immersive 3D (under development)
  • Advanced Rendering With Shaders 
  • 3D Programming in Java
  • Artificial Intelligence for Game Developers
  • Video Edit and Audio Postproduction (under development)
  • Effective Use of Myths and Facts in computer Games
  • Multimedia Technologies
  • Interactive Technologies
  • Mobile and Internet Game Development
  • Interactive Technologies
  • Storyboard Design 
  • Effective Use of Myths and Facts in computer Games
  • Storyboard Design 
  • Mobile and Internet Game Development

For more information, please visit the program’s website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To enter Athabasca University as an undergraduate student, you must be 16 or older. No other conditions apply, though certain programs require prior education to enrol.

English Language RequirementCompletion of high school in an English-speaking country.

  • Completion of 15 university credits from a recognized English-speaking university, or 1 year at a non-university post-secondary institution with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment - score 60%.
  • Michigan English Language Battery test - score 80
  • Pearson Test of English - score 59
  • Successful completion of AU’s English Language Proficiency Program with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).

        Getting a Student Visa

        This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          22736 CAD/full
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 22736 CAD for the full programme and a duration of  months.
        • National

          11480 CAD/full
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 11480 CAD for the full programme and a duration of  months.
        • In-State

          9338 CAD/full
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 9338 CAD for the full programme and a duration of  months.

        Funding

        Loans:

        Students with disabilities may access traditional sources for student funding such as Student Loan and Bursary Programs.

        Awards for Undergraduate, Graduate or Doctoral Programs:

        These are monetary awards, usually based on academic excellence coupled with other criteria including, but not limited to, career pursuits, volunteer activity, and active community participation. Some awards also take financial need into account. For information regarding the available sums of money, please visit the website.

        StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.