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According to employment data firm IBISWorld the game industry has 322,503 jobs this year growing from 298,217 jobs last year.

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If you grew up passionate about gaming, becoming a professional game designer might be your dream job. But being an avid gamer isn’t enough of a credential to break into the industry. You'll need to show that you have specific knowledge of game systems and game design, as well as broader awareness of the development process and how major game studios operate.
Turn a gaming passion into a career. Earn a certificate in Game Design at WKU!

Careers in Game Design

Graduates of WKU’s game design certificate can apply their knowledge to several careers. Potential career outcomes include:

  • Game animator
  • Game Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Game Designer
  • Game Artist


Program Requirements

The game design cludes six courses totaling 18 credit hours. 

Required Courses [9 hours]

  • ANIM 210: Introduction to Computer Animation
  • ANIM 220: 3D Modeling I: Environment
  • CS 301: Game Programming

Pick One Animation / Modeling Course [3 hours]

  • ANIM 310: Computer Animation I
  • ANIM 320: 3D Modeling II: Character Design and Development

Pick One Computer Science Course [3 hours]

  • CS 146: Introduction to Programming
  • CS 170: Problem Solving and Programming
  • CS 180: Computer Science I
  • CS 239: Problem Solving with Computational Techniques

Pick One Restricted Elective [3 hours]

  • UX 330: User Interface Design
  • UX 340: Introduction to Developing and Prototyping for Interactive Design
  • ART 497: Special Topics in Animation

This certificate can be completed in as little as one year.

Suggested course progression for one-year completion:

  • Semester 1: CS 146 or CS 170 or CS 180; ANIM 210; ANIM 220
  • Semester 2: CS 301; ANIM 310 or ANIM 320; elective

Game Design Club

if you are interested in learning more about the new student Game Design Club, please contact Dr. Galloway at jeffrey.galloway@wku.edu.

Admission Requirements

In order to apply to WKU’s game design certificate program, new students must Apply to WKU.

Current students who would like to add the game design certificate must login to TopNet and complete a Change of Major form to add the program. A signature from the certificate coordinator kristina.arnold@wku.edu on this form is required. After the form is signed the addition of the certificate will take up to 2 weeks to show up in TopNet.

*NOTE: a Change of Major form will not change your major, in this case it is simply used to add this program.

If you have questions about applying please contact Kristina Arnold by emailing kristina.arnold@wku.edu or by phone 270-745-6566.

Costs & Financial Aid

WKU’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Students can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to find out what scholarships, grants, loans and payment plans are available for them. There are numerous options available, and not all financial aid is based on need.

Financial Assistance

The Transfer Center is the one-stop location for students interested in transferring to WKU. The Transfer Center can assist students with transfer admission, credit evaluation, advising, and much more.

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 Last Modified 10/10/23