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Bachelor of Science in Digital Technology and Design with a Concentration in Game Design Online

Bachelor of Science in Digital Technology and Design with a Concentration in Game Design Online


Program Overview

What our Online B.S. in Digital Technology & Design – Game Design Offers You


Use your love of gaming to build an in-demand skillset that you can use to enter the fast-paced game design industry. With a Bachelor of Science in Digital Technology and Design with a Concentration in Game Design online degree from Arkansas State University, you will delve into all the features and functionality of the making of games—from concept to release—even creating your own 2D and 3D board or card game.

icon $258 Per Credit Hour
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icon 120 Credit Hours
icon $258 Per Credit Hour
icon Up to 90 Hours Transfer Credits
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This A-State online program teaches you to identify and implement effective design principles across a variety of digital assets as well as understand the role of culture on people's attitudes and behavior. Expert instructors are ready to guide you with a hands-on approach. Plus, you can participate in game jams, a series of virtual events where you team up with other students to create video games in friendly competitions.

Throughout your coursework, you will learn the foundations of game design, development and application as well as 2D animation and graphics and basic 3D animation design for use in interactive digital environments. You will culminate your bachelor's education with the creation of a professional portfolio website—ideal for presenting to prospective employers the transferable game design skills you learned during your college program.

As a graduate, you will be prepared for a successful career in the gaming industry, equipped for roles such as:

  • Video Game Designer
  • Multimedia Designer or Animator
  • Artist or Illustrator
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Increase Your Earning Potential

Earning your bachelor’s degree could increase your first-year income by an average of 77% – Arkansas Research Center, 2019

Tuition

Pay for Your Online B.S. Degree by the Course


Our B.S. in Digital Technology & Design – Game Design online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. Administrative fees are included in the tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Credit Hour $774

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Dates and Deadlines to Keep in Mind


Designed to be flexible for your schedule, the B.S. in Digital Technology & Design – Game Design online program features multiple start dates and accelerated courses.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/24/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 7 wk 05/09/2022 06/24/2022 04/25/2022 04/29/2022 05/05/2022 05/06/2022 06/10/2022
7 wk 06/27/2022 08/12/2022 06/13/2022 06/17/2022 06/23/2022 06/24/2022 07/29/2022
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Admissions

Review the Details for Admission to A-State


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.S. in Digital Technology & Design – Game Design online program must meet the following admission requirements.

  • When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps in the application process.
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students who have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

For students who have:

  • Fewer than 12 college hours: Submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

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Courses

Topics You Will Study in Your Online B.S. in Digital Technology & Design – Game Design Program


Students in the B.S. in Digital Technology & Design – Game Design online program must complete a total of 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 25 credit hours of major courses, 12 credit hours of concentration courses and 45 credit hours of elective courses. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

GRFX 1113: Design Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to design literacy, color theory, typography, composition, and digital design software.

GRFX 2783: Human Centered Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course features app design concepts, prototyping app interfaces and user testing.

CS 1114: Concepts of Programming

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on conceptualizing, prototyping and testing application interfaces with a respect for the real needs and desires of human users. This course requires three or more hours per week outside of class. Restricted to B.S. in Digital Technology & Design students. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in GRFX 1111, GRFX 1112 and GRFX 2703.

ENG 3023: Creative Writing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the instruction and practice in the writing of poetry, fiction and drama. May be repeated with change of literary category.

PSY 3613: Cultural Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on issues of how human culture impacts the individual’s behavior, attitudes and mental health.

GRFX 4773: Design Build

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

User Experience Design focusing on the complete workflow of iOS app development. This course requires three or more hours per week outside of class. Restricted to B.S. in Digital Technology & Design majors. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in GRFX 3733 and GRFX 3783.

GRFX 4603: Graphic Design Internship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The internship features supervised work in a professional graphic design setting. May be repeated for credit.

GRFX 4793: Digital Technology and Design Portfolio

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course focuses on the creative workflow of iOS app development.

ART 2523: Introduction to Game Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Foundational principles and theories of Game Design, development and analysis. Students create their own board games and concepts. This course requires three or more hours per week outside of class.

ART 3525: 2D Animation and Graphics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

2D Animation and Graphics interactive, and Game Design; including vector art, lighting, sprites and other methodologies. This course requires three or more hours per week outside of class.

GRFX 3713: 3D Digital and Game Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course features foundational instruction in the art of creating digital 3D content for applications in animation, interactive and game design and in the production of physical objects utilizing 3D printing and laser cutting technology.

ART 4523: Advanced Game Design and Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Advanced study including research and experimentation, culminating in a fully realized game or game concept. This course requires three or more hours per week outside of class. May be repeated for credit.

You must take 46 hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Choose courses with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Departmental Option Course Requirement:

This 3-hour course for the degree plan is chosen by the department, not the individual student.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

MATH 1043: Quantitative Reasoning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning as the approach to understanding relationships using mathematical and algebraic methodologies. Contemporary topics will be used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of Arts and Humanities courses.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, SOC 2213 or HIST 2773.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.

BIO 1001: Biological Science Lab

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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