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The game design certificate includes six courses totaling 18 credit hours. Classes include computer science, art, communication, and a wide variety of electives. The program takes about a year to complete. Browse through course descriptions and syllabus below.

Computer Science (6 hours)

CS 301 Game Programming  is required.  Of the other CS classes listed choose 1 : CS 146, CS 170, CS 180, or CS 239.

A study of the algorithmic approach in the analysis of problems and their computational solutions. A structured language will be introduced and used in solving assigned problems. Lab sessions may be held in addition to lecture sessions. Not acceptable for credit in computer science major or minor. Note: Two years of high school algebra or concurrent enrollment in a college algebra course required. 

Course Fee: $45

The fundamentals of problem solving, program design, and program development techniques. A high-level programming language is used and lab experiences are included. The course may not be counted toward a computer science major or minor.

Prerequisite(s): (MPE - Algebra with a score of 14 or SAT Mathematics Score with a score of 560 or ACT Math with a score of 22 or KYOTE College Algebra with a score of 14 or DMA 096C with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $45

A study of the algorithmic approach to the analysis of problems and their computational solutions, using a high-level structured language. Labs are included in the course.

Prerequisite(s): (CS 170 with a minimum grade of C or (ACT Math with a score of 22 and MPE - Algebra with a score of 18) or ACT Math with a score of 27 or MATH 116 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 116E with a minimum grade of C or MA 116C with a minimum grade of C or MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $45

Solving engineering problems using computational techniques. Topics include problem definition, algorithm development, flowcharting, input/output and structured programming. May count as 1.5 hours towards a major/minor in Computer Science. Note: Placement into a science calculus course may be required for course enrollment.

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 117 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 136 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or MATH 137 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 237 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 331 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $45

An introductory study of game software development including game object creation, animation, audio, game logic, and game engines.  Design, prototyping, and development of a playable game using modern techniques will be covered. May not be counted toward a computer science major or minor.

Prerequisites: CS 146 or CS 170 or CS 180 or CS 239 with a grade of “C” or better and ART 244 with a grade of “C” or better.

Syllabus

Contact: Jeffrey.galloway@wku.edu


Art (6 hours)

ART 244 Computer Animation I is required. Of the other ART classes listed choose 1: ART 130, ART 131, ART 140.

This introductory course initiates students to the creative possibilities of 3D computer animation platform. Note: Permission of instructor required.

This course is an introduction to the elements and principles of design and their creative application in two-dimensional design problems.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Visual Arts (514) , Visual Arts (514P) or Art History (613)

Course Fee: $50

An introduction to the elements and principles of three-dimensional design through problems using natural and synthetic materials.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Visual Arts (514) , Visual Arts (514P) or Art History (613)

Course Fee: $75

This course introduces the fundamentals of drawing with emphasis on line, perspective or rendering. Course content is derived from still life, landscape and figure.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Visual Arts (514) , Visual Arts (514P) or Art History (613)

Course Fee: $50


Communication (3 hours)

Examination of video games, their impact on society, gaming theories, and gaming principles. Students will be able to analyze and understand games, the game industry, and the gaming community. Livestreaming experience will be gained through this course.

Prerequisite/Corequisites/Restrictions: None

Contact: joseph.hoffswell@wku.edu     


Restricted Elective (3 hours)

Choose 1 of the electives below.

This course examines photography and film as tools and products of cross-cultural research with special emphasis on cultural and political biases presented through visual means.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

A selective chronological study of the visual arts from prehistoric through Gothic times. The course is designed as an introduction to the basic terminology and problems of art history and to methods of analyzing and interpreting individual works of art.
A selective chronological study of the major visual arts from renaissance through modern times.

Designed for students who are experienced with basic 3D animation to introduce more sophisticated concepts and techniques of 3D animation.

Required Materials
A sketchbook or notebook, a removable USB Flash Drive (100 GB & over recommended) or an external hard drive (1 TB & over recommended).

Required Textbooks
There is no required text for this course.
Optional recommendation: Autodesk Maya 2019

Contact: joon.sung@wku.edu

Consideration of the diverse influences, developments, and trends in the visual arts since World War II.

Prerequisite(s): ART 106

A study of major theories of art, both historical and contemporary, and of various approaches to making qualitative judgments about individual works of art.

Prerequisite(s): ART 105 and ART 106

 Course Description coming soon.

This course provides advanced instruction in popular computer illustration programs such as Adobe Illustration and MacroMedia Freehand for students preparing for careers in graphic design. Limited enrollment.

Prerequisite(s): ART 243

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Visual Studies (509) , Visual Arts (514) or Visual Arts (514P)

Course Fee: $125

Designed for non-Broadcasting majors, this course includes the basics needed to shoot, edit, and distribute video productions in the digital realm. Acquisition will concentrate on lighting, composition and audio for the digital world. Editing and graphics will be explored using non-linear programs, and distribution will focus on CDs, DVDs and web streaming.

Course Fee: $75

Introductory course in web programming and web application development. Provides students with essential skills for developing basic client-side and server-side applications.

Prerequisite(s): (CS 146 with a minimum grade of C or CS 170 with a minimum grade of C or CS 180 with a minimum grade of C)

 Course Description coming soon.

An introduction to the writing of various genres including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or drama.

Prerequisite(s): Foundations Literary Studies

Entrepreneurship examines the entrepreneur as the basic building block of the economic system via the discovery or identification of opportunities. Emphasis is placed on identifying and defending feasible opportunities within the industry and market, while recognizing and managing the complex systems in which entrepreneurs live and work that motivate or constrain innovation. Colonnade K-SY

Prerequisite(s): COBA Course Eligibility with a score of 2 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

A survey of music from early to modern times. The course aims to widen the musical horizons and receptivities of the general college student and to make him a more discriminating listener. Concerts, radio, and television programs are assigned for special listening. No formal background is required.

An interdisciplinary introduction to the major theories and subjects of the study of popular culture. The course offers a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to considering the producers, audiences and meanings of the culture of everyday life in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): (ENG 100 or ENGL 100C)

A foundational acting course designed to help students become aware of, develop, integrate and properly maintain their natural vocal and kinesthetic performing abilities.
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Exploration into the design process and techniques for creating interactive experiences. Encompasses information architecture, usability, front-end programming and design literacy, as well as applied user-experience design. Lecture and lab. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): (SJB 210 with a minimum grade of C or AD 210 with a minimum grade of C)

Equivalent(s): SJB 330

Course Fee: $35

A study of the algorithmic approach in the analysis of problems and their computational solutions. A structured language will be introduced and used in solving assigned problems. Lab sessions may be held in addition to lecture sessions. Not acceptable for credit in computer science major or minor. Note: Two years of high school algebra or concurrent enrollment in a college algebra course required. Colonnade F-QR | QR

Course Fee: $45

The fundamentals of problem solving, program design, and program development techniques. A high-level programming language is used and lab experiences are included. The course may not be counted toward a computer science major or minor.

Prerequisite(s): (MPE - Algebra with a score of 14 or SAT Mathematics Score with a score of 560 or ACT Math with a score of 22 or KYOTE College Algebra with a score of 14 or DMA 096C with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $45

A study of the algorithmic approach to the analysis of problems and their computational solutions, using a high-level structured language. Labs are included in the course.

Prerequisite(s): (CS 170 with a minimum grade of C or (ACT Math with a score of 22 and MPE - Algebra with a score of 18) or ACT Math with a score of 27 or MATH 116 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 116E with a minimum grade of C or MA 116C with a minimum grade of C or MATH 123 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $45

Solving engineering problems using computational techniques. Topics include problem definition, algorithm development, flowcharting, input/output and structured programming. May count as 1.5 hours towards a major/minor in Computer Science. Note: Placement into a science calculus course may be required for course enrollment.

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 117 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 136 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or MATH 137 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 237 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 331 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $45


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