Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Computer Science, B.S., Gaming/New Media Design and Production Concentration


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Department Contact:

Chair: Dr. Rachel Wagner, rwagner@francis.edu, 814-471-1215
Coordinator: Dr. Dan Wetklow

Program Description:

Saint Francis University’s Computer Science department has partnered with Harrisburg University’s School of Science and Technology to offer a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Gaming/New Media Design and Production. This degree encompasses a next-generation combination of web and entertainment technologies, including computer science, visual story-telling, and graphic arts where video, words, images, sound, and human commands are integrated to produce a dynamic and exciting new media format. Applications in television entertainment, the internet, advertising, and video games are just the beginning.

The very recent past has seen unprecedented innovation in technologies for communication, computation, interactivity, and information delivery. Advances in computer processing power and the explosion of the internet have transformed the media world. The way we learn, communicate, play, and connect with one another continues to transform, requiring skilled professionals who can blend developing computing technologies with creative design. The Saint Francis University concentration in Gaming/New Media Design and Production, in partnership with Harrisburg University’s School of Science and Technology, provides a solid foundation in cutting-edge technologies, significant design experiences, and development of skills putting creative ideas into practice.

Saint Francis University students choosing to pursue the Gaming/New Media Design and Production concentration will spend two semesters (2nd semester junior and 1st semester senior) onsite at Harrisburg University’s School of Science and Technology where they will complete concentration coursework in HU’s state of the art media production facilities. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Computer Science graduates in the Gaming/New Media Design and Production concentration will:

  • be able to write programs of substance;
  • understand the fundamental concepts of Computer Science and Gaming;
  • have an understanding of the skills and competencies needed of Computer Scientists in multiple domains, with emphasis on new media and production;
  • understand the importance of the human element in Computer Science.

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically 4 years of full-time study

Capstone Requirement:

Students will complete semester-long projects in at least one course in every track in the program. 

Total Credits Required:

128 credits minimum

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