Guildhall at SMU
If you dream about a career in digital game development, joint
the Guildhall digital game development program and study game
design at SMU. The Hart eCenter at SMU was established to
foster education, research, and innovation at the intersection
of traditional disciplines. The Guildhall at SMU, born in
the Fall of 2002, is the first major manifestation of the
Hart eCenter's mission.
The Guildhall, nurtured in the multidisciplinary, business-focused
Hart eCenter at SMU, realizes the vision of legendary game
developers who first conceived of a world premiere school
for game developers. The result is a program which crosses
traditional lines and combines art, software development,
team dynamics, business process, game history, mathematics,
physics, story-telling, and level design — elements
of the 21st century's first new academic discipline.
The Guildhall is a place, a faculty, a curriculum, a student
body, and a vision—shared by experienced game developers,
industry leaders, academics, and aspiring professionals.
The Guildhall at SMU is the first multidisciplinary certificate
program in a major university designed specifically for digital
game developers by leaders in the digital games industry.
It consists of three areas of specialization:
Art Creation Specialization Description
Art is an important force behind the success of digital
games. The Art Creation specialization prepares you to create
2D and 3D artwork and animation for digital games. You'll
complete individual and team assignments to develop the knowledge
and skills necessary to create characters, models, textures,
animation, and environmental art for games. You'll learn to
use a variety of tools to create game art, including Photoshop
and 3DS Max.
Level Design Specialization Description
Great games intrigue, excite, and engage the players. Level
design makes that happen through an intricate mix of creativity,
knowledge, and skill. The Level Design specialization prepares
participants to design levels and missions for digital games.
Participants complete individual and team assignments to develop
the knowledge and skills necessary to develop gameplay strategies
and environments. Students gain proficiency using a variety
of tools, including graphics and level-editing software.
Software Development Specialization Description
Underneath the art and level design are the game engine,
code, scripting, and custom AI that make it possible to realize
the vision for the game. The Software Development specialization
prepares students to design, develop, document, and implement
software for digital games. Participants complete individual
and team assignments to develop the knowledge and skills necessary
to produce 2D and 3D game code, including data structures,
scripting, AI, and physics programming for digital games.
Students gain proficiency using a variety of software development
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