College of Engineering
Start New Game…
- Take four pre-major courses your first year: EAE 1010, COMP 1010, EAE 1050 and COMP 1020.
- Complete WRTG 2010 and MATH 1030 your first year.
Level Up and Use Those Elective Skill Points.
- For a 4-year graduation track, plan to take 15-credit hour semesters.
- During year 2, take EAE 3010: Asset Pipeline and EAE 3020: Ethics in Games.
- Meet with your advisor during to declare your major and figure out your Area of Interest.
- In year 3, take EAE 3710: Traditional Game Development and EAE 3720: Alternative Game Development.
100% Completion Badge!
- Meet with your advisor and apply for graduation by January of your final year.
- Review your portfolio and resume with EAE Staff and Faculty.
- Complete the sequential capstones courses EAE 4500 and EAE 4510 in your final year.
- Join a club like AFK or Gamecraft.
- Play in a club league like Crimson Gaming, UtahLoLSA, or UtahSmash.
- Watch one of our Varsity Esport matches.
Gather your Party
- Check out Building 72, a podcast hosted by our own professors to learn from industry experts and alumni.
- Use your Allied hours to develop skillsets and make connections outside EAE.
- Work with the Gamecraft club to make that game idea of yours come to life.
- Get involved with the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and connect with other students across campus.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
- Show your Senior Game at EAE Launch & EAE Play.
- Connect with Alumni to network.
- Meet our industry liaison to get your resumé and portfolio interview ready.
Knowledge & Skills
- Explore which AOI you want to spec into starting in year 2.
- You’ll be working on teams in the future; get to know other EAE students now!
- Develop your skills through EAE clubs and events.
- Attend EAE Launch & Play to see the games and get ideas.
- Participate in a Games Jam.
- Share your personal projects to gain valuable feedback and support.
- Engage with the larger gaming community through conferences, game releases, Discord, and Twitch to learn more about the industry.
- Showcase your skills in the Senior project.
- Interview and start applying for post-grad internships and positions in the industry.
Good Luck, Have Fun!
- Attend Esports events or club leagues.
- Play board games between classes.
- Try different genres of games to broaden your knowledge.
Don’t forget the side quests!
- Participate in a club league tournament!
- Participate in the Global Games Jam.
- Test classmates’ games and chat over Discord if you prefer things less IRL.
- Engage with campus partners at the Bennion Center, ASUU, or the UMFA.
- Celebrate milestones with faculty and staff at a pizza party.
- Present at EAE Launch & Play. Look at the progress you’ve made!
- Stay up late playing that game YOU made.
- Talk to Alumni about post-grad life & the industry.
What kind of player are you going to be?
- Think about what you like in games.
- Check out a Lassonde workshop.
- Take a variety of classes & find your Area of Interest.
Be Your Own Guide
- Attend talks & presentations from visiting studios.
- Participate in workshops hosted by faculty and alumni.
You’ve Maxed Out!
- Present and publish your Senior Project game.
- Come back and present as an Alumni.
- Launch your own indie game or join a Triple-A!
Create New Character
- Activate and customize your Handshake account to find jobs, internships, and career opportunities.
- Get that portfolio started!
- Explore Areas of Interest to see what path you want to take.
Have a Main Character Moment.
- Attend a career fair or expo.
- Find out what role you want to play in the industry.
- Make your dream game with the tools and skills you learn.
- Side projects? Awesome, add amazing work to your portfolio for post-grad.
- Meet with our industry man and talk shop!
- Publish that game and pick up your poster & graduation tassel.
- Apply for internships & positions in the industry.
- Don’t forget the IP rights for your game; you keep those!
Start Your Career Journey
Find support at the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC)
About the Major
Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) is a tight-knit and ever-growing community of dreamers and designers pushing forward to make the world a little more fun. We look forward to you joining and leveling up with us.
- Learn to navigate technical, legal, and ethical challenges in the play, design, and production of games.
- Collaborate on multidisciplinary game design and development teams.
- Effectively communicate technical and design concepts through writing, speech, and formal presentations.
- Apply technical knowledge of a focused area of interest to the field of interactive game development.
- Identify and solve pipeline issues related to the game development process.
Plan & Prepare
At the U, we plan for our students to have an exceptional Educational Experience identified by four broad categories we call the Learning Framework: Community, Knowledge & Skills, Transformation, and Impact. This major map will help you envision, explore, design, and plan your personalized Exceptional Education Experience with the Learning Framework at the core. In addition to assisting you in planning your coursework and navigating the requirements of your major, this map will help you incorporate other kinds of experiences to expand your knowledge, support your development, and prepare you for the future you want.