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Video Game Design and Development

George Mason University

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES605
Hours: 500
Fees: $2095.00 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

2. How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace.  Upon registering, you are given an initial thirty-two weeks to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the thirty-two weeks, an extension of thirty-two weeks is available with a fee of $300.

3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

4. What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

5. Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

6. Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. You can interact with this instructor using the discussion boards found within the course. You will have access to unlimited posts during the course. Most instructors also have live chat sessions each week for students who want to attend.

7. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

8. Can I use a Mac?

No, you must access this program with a PC or IBM-compatible computer.

9. How can I get more information about the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-6806. We will answer your questions promptly.

10. When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

11. How many hours per week should I spend studying?

As a general rule, we suggest allocating an average of 20 hours per week. However, this will vary from individual to individual. If you’re just getting started and have little to no experience, certainly try to put in as much time as you can and try to maintain a consistent schedule. Ultimately each student will find a pace that is comfortable for them.

12. What platforms will we study?

Most modules in this program are designed for PC development on the Windows platform. However, the techniques that you learn in our program can often be non-platform specific. In cases that are platform-specific, source code can often be ported to other computer development platforms (such as Macintosh and Linux) with varying degrees of effort. Consoles, such as Nintendo Gamecube and Sony Playstation, utilize closed-development libraries, and they’re not compatible with this program from a pure rendering perspective. However, most of the general game-engine development techniques you’ll learn are certainly compatible with all major consoles, regardless of the differences between APIs.

13. Where can I get the latest version of DirectX? Is it free?

Both the DirectX end-user runtimes and the software development kit are free. You can download the latest versions of them both from Microsoft's DirectX Developer Center.

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