Capstone Course

The culminating experience of the University of Texas at Austin’s Game Development Program is the Capstone Course. This course brings together about 30 students from different disciplines who work together in small teams to develop 2D and 3D games and/or mobile apps. The class reflects the realities of the industry: people with diverse talents collaborating together to meet a deadline. Watch the video and read below for further details on the Capstone Course.


The Capstone Course brings together students from around campus, and from the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies, Computer Science Department and Radio-Television-Film Department to form small teams. Each student contributes their specialized knowledge to the group creation of 2D and 3D games for mobile, online and social technology platforms. Students gain a thorough understanding of the 2D and 3D development process throughout the course while modeling the environment and practices used in game studios and the larger industry. Throughout the course, students learn and teach one another about their varied disciplines while working in teams to prepare projects for commercial launch. Local game companies and industry professionals are committed to evaluating student projects throughout the course, and hiring successful graduates.

Follow this link for information on how to apply to the Capstone Course.

Course Descriptions

2D Capstone (Fall Semesters):
Most mobile, social, and casual games are 2D games. Why not learn how to make them for the rapidly growing mobile, social and casual game markets? Teams of five to seven students come together to create awesome 2D games to show prospective employers and the world!

3D Capstone (Spring Semesters):
3D games are the standard of the AAA game industry. While harder to make but more immersive than 2D games, they are, for many game studios, more lucrative. Learn how to make 3D games in small teams of five to seven, while learning the common practices and processes of game studios.

Course Numbers for Capstone Course:

  • Arts and Entertainment Technologies Dept: AET 376 (2D) and AET 377 (3D)
  • Computer Science Department: CS 354S (2D) and CS 354T (3D)

Schedule for Capstone:

  • Monday & Friday Class: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • Wednesday Lab: 6:00pm – 9:00pm


The Capstone Course is an upper-division course generally taken during the senior year (though juniors are welcome to apply). Applications from students with the following experience are preferred:

  • Arts and Entertainment Technologies Dept. – Students with relevant AET game art and design courses.
  • Computer Science Department – Computer Graphics or Game Technology.
  • Bridging Disciplines Program – Digital Art and Media students who are not majoring in the Computer Science Department, College of Fine Arts or Radio-Television-Film Department must have some combination of courses that demonstrate prior expertise in any area of game design and development.


Because of the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of the course, it is highly recommended that students use their own laptops.