Game Development - A.A.S. Degree

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A degree in Game Development will prepare students for entry-level positions in programming, testing and game design. During the final semester of the degree program, game artists and developers will work in conjunction to create and manage a complete marketable game.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Recognize and evaluate critical and aesthetic issues within computer graphics and the mixed media.
  • Compare and contrast game requirements based on genre.
  • Analyze player control, manual and visual interface design, and usability.
  • Identify phases in the game development cycle, as well as be skilled in project management and game documentation.
  • Work collaboratively and individually with an understanding of the production process utilized in industry-standard studios.
  • Communicate effectively in oral format on research and creative issues.
  • Apply critical thinking and aesthetic judgments in critiquing mixed media and computer graphics productions.
  • Function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Merge complex artwork and code to create a working video game.
  • Create a project report.
  • Set a mood using sound effects, ambient and environmental sounds and music.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through creative and intellectual independence.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal and ethical issues related to sound and video sampling and the current copyright laws pertaining to music, video and audio recordings.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
COMS113 Introduction to Information Systems 3
COMS155 Web Site Development I 3
GRAD115 Introduction to Game Theory
& Development
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
MATH108 Statistics 3
COMS114 Introduction to Computer Science I 3
COMS230 Networks and Telecommunications 3
BUSA101 Introduction to Business 3
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
ECON101 Macroeconomics 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
COMS115 Introduction to Computer Science II 3
COMS132 Game Programming 3
GRAD128 Digital Imagery & Editing 3
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
ECON102 Microeconomics 3
COMS210 Systems Analysis and Design 3
COMS223 Data Structures 3
GRAD235 Video and Motion Graphics 3
GRAD262 Game Production 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.