Minor

Video Game Design and Management

DESCRIPTION

Skills Explored Target Audience
Write game design documents, stories, pitches, game budgets, test cases, test flow diagrams, and project status reports. Stay abreast of current video game trends. Marshall, Economics, Computer Science, & Cinematic Arts students, and all interested in studying Video Game Design and Management.
Minor Description
If you love video games and are interested in a career in interactive entertainment, this minor provides you with the opportunity to gain the skills needed to be a game designer, level designer, game producer, or quality assurance tester. This interdisciplinary minor between ITP and the School of Cinematic Arts teaches students industry software used by professionals in those roles. Professionals appear in class to guest lecture and to judge final projects. By the completion of the minor, you'll be able to build your own game treatment and showcase it to an industry audience.

Curriculum changes to the Video Game Design and Management minor are effective Fall 2016. This webpage reflects the most current curriculum. Previously enrolled Video Game Design minor students can choose to follow the old requirements listed on their STARS report or update their minor catalog year to follow the new requirements (starting Fall 2016).

Requirements for completion (four core courses plus 4 units of elective credit)
Minimum units: 20

All of the following courses (16 units):

• ITP 230 – Video Game Quality Assurance (4 units) OR ITP 280 – Video Game Production (4 units)
• ITP 391a – Video Game Project Management (4 units)*
• CTIN 483 – Introduction to Game Development (4 units)
• CTIN 488 – Game Design Workshop (4 units)

*Note: Students must take ITP 230 or ITP 280 prior to taking ITP 391a.

Electives (must complete a minimum of 4 units):

• ITP 230 – Video Game Quality Assurance (4 units)
• ITP 280 – Video Game Production (4 units)
• ITP 393 – Video Game Design Documents (2 units)*
• ITP 491 – Level Design and Development for Video Games (4 units)
• CTIN 404 – Usability Testing for Games (2 units)
• CTIN 458 – Business and Management of Games (2 units)
• CTIN 484 – Intermediate Game Development (2 units)**
• CTIN 489 – Intermediate Game Design Workshop (2 units)**

Notes:
* Students must take ITP 230 or ITP 280 prior to taking ITP 393.
** Students must concurrently enroll in CTIN 484 and CTIN 489. CTIN 483 and CTIN 488 are prerequisites.


Why Students Take It
To gain practical skills you can use to apply for a production position in the game industry. An understanding of the video game industry and its production processes can be helpful not only in obtaining a game industry job but also when working in another project-oriented or entertainment field.
Industry & Career Info Companies Hiring
68% of American households play computer or video games. Producers are vital contributors who manage projects through from concept to release. Electronic Arts
Activision Blizzard
Disney Interactive Games
Naughty Dog
Jam City
Tryarch
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COURSES

Required Courses (16 units)







Not offered in Spring 2017
Not offered in Spring 2017
Not offered in Spring 2017
ITP-2304Video Game Quality Assurance
ITP-2804Video Game Production
ITP-391a4Video Game Project Management I
CTIN-4834Programming for Interactivity
CTIN-4884Game Design Workshop

Elective Courses (4 units)











Not offered in Spring 2017
Not offered in Spring 2017
Not offered in Spring 2017
Not offered in Spring 2017
ITP-2304Video Game Quality Assurance
ITP-2804Video Game Production
ITP-3932Video Game Design Documents
ITP-4914Level Design and Development for Video Games
CTIN-4042Usability Testing for Games
CTIN-4582Business and Management of Games
CTIN-4842Intermediate Game Development
CTIN-4892Intermediate Game Design Workshop

Additional Info

Students only need to take ITP 230 OR ITP 280. Both are not required.

Students must concurrently enroll in CTIN 484 and CTIN 489. CTIN 483 and CTIN 488 are prerequisites.

Please contact the USC School of Cinematic Arts for d-clearance. Please email USC_Interactive@cinema.usc.edu with student ID, section number(s), current major, and class year/standing.

ITP COURSES OFFERED IN Spring 2017

Required Courses







ITP-2304Video Game Quality Assurance
ITP-2804Video Game Production

Elective Courses











ITP-2304Video Game Quality Assurance
ITP-2804Video Game Production
ITP-3932Video Game Design Documents
ITP-4914Level Design and Development for Video Games