Game Design and Development


When playing video/computer games, do you find yourself thinking more about the production of the game rather than winning it? The Game Design and Development program prepares you for the industry of electronic games that is now generating billions of dollars a year and is one of the most popular (and growing) forms of entertainment for people under 18. Game Design and Development involves accounting, designing, visual/sound design, programming, testing, and marketing. The focused curriculum here at UW-Stout presents a wide variety of hands-on classes preparing you to work in any software development position. Typically, students choose the game entertainment industry for their careers, but game development skills are used for military training, education, personal medical assistance, and business simulations as well.

Students can concentrate their studies in these areas: 

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High School Preparation

  • General admissions criteria
  • Enrollment for this program is competitive and require further academic achievement. Be sure to review that section when reading the general admissions criteria page.

  • Art classes
  • Programming classes
  • Higher level math


  • Designer
  • Programmer
  • Visual Artist
  • Sound and Production Specialist

This is a relatively new program at UW-Stout, career employment and salary statistics are not yet available.

View our Annual Employment Report for more details.

Explore Your Courses:

» Sample Freshman Schedule

Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
Computer Science I
Freshman English - Composition or Freshman English - Honors I
Fundamentals of Speech
Intro to Video and Computer Game Design

Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2
Computer Science 2
Freshman English - Reading or Freshman English - Honors II
Linear Algebra
Games in Education

See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.

» Courses You May Take in the Major

Introduction to Video and Computer Game Design and Development
Principles of video and computer game design and development. Students design and develop games, analyze a popular game, and learn about various aspects of the game industry. Game design, story development, visual art production and programming.

Two Dimensional Game Design and Development
Hands-on experience designing video games. Design and develop two-dimensional games from concept to completion in teams. Production environment will be setup to reflect the approach used in the game development industry.

Web and Internet Programming
Design and implementation of web and internet software systems using current programming languages, scripting languages, and interface standards. Network programming and client/server applications. Event-driven programming, multi- threading, exception handling, windows programming and multimedia programming. Support for database access via web programs.

Computer Science I
Problem-solving and algorithm development using a high-level programming language. Computer organization, programming language and programming, elements of programming style, documentation, introduction to structured programming.

Technical Writing
On-the-job writing for business and industry; reports, letters and other documents.


See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.


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Contact Information

Diane Christie, Program Director
231E Jarvis Hall Science Wing
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715/232-1213

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Related Majors

If you are interested in this major, you might also be interested in:

  • Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Entertainment Design