A sneak peek into our Game Development & Interactive Media program


Safa Nazir

 

All of our programs at Ontario Tech University are diverse and bring their own charm. Today I'll be giving you a sneak peek into what my program looks like—Game Development and Interactive Media. I will go over some of the aspects of the program that make it an enriching and exciting experience and give you a preview of some of the games our students produced. 

Here are six features of the program I enjoy and think you will too:

1. Understanding the fundamentals

Before getting into making complex and detailed games, we need to start at the very beginning. After all, we need to understand these basics so we can build and improve our skills further. First-year courses will cover everything from programming to game design to 2D animation.

These courses introduce students to the basic concepts of game development and prepare them for Game Development Workshops. These workshops provide students with the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in semester-long game-related projects, where they get to develop their own game!

First-year courses are the bedrock of your academic career in game development because you will build and expand on these skills as you progress through the program. Understanding the fundamentals of game development is crucial for having a successful career as a game developer. 

2. Smaller class sizes

Game development at Ontario Tech is a smaller program comparatively speaking—meaning that you'll have less than 100 students in your undergraduate years! This means that you can get to know all your classmates really well since you'll be seeing the same people every day. 

It also gives you a chance to have a closer relationship with your professors and Teaching Assistants (TA). You can talk to them if you have any questions, want to have a chat or require any professional advice. 

Be sure to take advantage of the office hours your professors hold. Having your professors get to really know you can provide you with better reference letters and can help you network in the field! Plus, having smaller class sizes means you will have more time to spend with them.

3. Emphasis on technical skills

Although we study all aspects of development, more focus is put on technology and programming. Don't worry if you haven't done any coding before, we start from the very basics.

gif of man pretending to hack computers in a Staples

It might not resemble the dramatic coding you see on TV, but you'll earn how to make models move and interact with each other on-screen, which is still pretty cool.

Learning these technical skills help you excel in your classes by providing you with an understanding of the mechanics of game programming. 

4. Improving teamwork and adaptation skills

If you're like (the old) me, you usually prefer to work on your own and the idea of working in a group can be a little intimidating to you. 

But that's totally normal. This program is all about learning to work in a team and communicating better with your peers. Improving your teamwork and leadership skills is crucial for you to be able to succeed in the future, as it will help you learn how to network and develop relationships in the field.

The game development program at Ontario Tech does an amazing job at teaching students to develop those skills. Which will also help boost your people skills and confidence in the long run. If you're shy that's ok, it will get better and easier the more you actively participate in group projects and presentations.

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5. Learn how to make amazing games and show them off

The most important skill you'll get out of game development at Ontario Tech is learning how to make games. You'll go through the entire development process from start to finish and see what really goes into making your idea a reality.

Over the course of the program you'll be making 2D and 3D games, and working on several other projects beginning in your very first semester.

We also hold an annual GameCon event where our students get to showcase their games to the public. It is such a rewarding feeling to finally be able to show what you've been working on throughout the year!

6. Examples of student work 

Here's just a taste of what kinds of games our students have made during the school year:

Screenshot of the game Manos Returns design by an Ontario Tech student

Manos Returns - Third-year VR game

Screenshot of the game BasketBrawlers designed by an Ontario Tech student

BasketBrawlers - Second-year game 

Screenshot of the game Pulse designed by an Ontario Tech student

Pulse - First-year game 

These are only some of the possibilities in the game development program at our university! Students have many opportunities to express their creativity through their assignments, workshops, experiential learning and much more.

Our game development program has many features that make it a wonderfully fulfilling experience. The lessons you learn in class and the experience you gain through hands-on learning will prepare you for a career in the field.

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