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Gaming, Simulation & Visualization (VTD) 

Phone: (208) 885-7083
Fax: (208) 885-9428
E-mail: vtd@uidaho.edu

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2491
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2491

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The distinctive Bachelor of Science in Gaming, Simulation & Visualization (VTD) engages in the design of games and entertainment and the creation of simulations and visualizations that study and solve problems in business, education, health care, and many other fields.

We are creative problem solvers who merge technology with the science of art and design.

The program is located within the College of Art and Architecture and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

  • What You Learn

    The Gaming, Simulation & Visualization (VTD) program serves two major emphases: Game/Entertainment Design and Visualization/Simulation but, more importantly, our problem solving integrates many other areas of study, including design, technology, art, computer science, humanities, and the social sciences. You learn to use the latest digital tools to create effective virtual environments for a variety of purposes. You explore: 

    • 3D modeling, animation, character design
    • World building (e.g. game engines)
    • Storytelling
    • Spatial design
    • Design in at least four dimensions (x,y, z, and time)
    • How to transform digital to tangible, and tangible to digital
    • How to design virtual experiences that affect all five of the human senses

    You have the flexibility to focus on the area that best fits your interests and to take electives that support your personal career goals. For example, if you want a career creating animated films, elective classes in theater would be a good choice.

  • Design Studios – The Heart of the Program
    Design studios are a rehearsal for your future; they are your opportunity to put your newfound knowledge and skills to practice by creating virtual design solutions for actual clients. You gain important practical experience and develop a strong portfolio of your work.
  • Opportunities

    From video game creation and film animation, to forensic analysis and virtual world design, the opportunities for professional virtual designers are diverse. You may become a creative team member in the following areas:

    • Computer games
    • Serious games / Simulations (non-entertainment)
    • Visualization
    • Films
    • Television
    • Theater
    • Military
    • Medical
    • Forensics
    • Education
    • Training
    • Real estate development
    • Architecture