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Game Design & Simulation Designer (Artist) Certificate Level II

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The game design and simulation program will allow students to take their passion for playing games and shape it into the development of games. Upon completion, students will have experienced all aspects of the game design process from concept to completion. They will have studied the function of games and game play, developed interactive projects that address the technical challenges of a game’s production. Students will gain valuable experience walking an original game idea through every phase of development, with a completed and playable game at the end of the program to show for it.

The degree and certificate programs are based on two areas of specialization: artist/designer and programmer/developer. Game artists and designers will learn what it takes to create the “who, what, where, and why” behind the stories, characters, artwork, and gameplay needed for great game design. Utilizing industry standard software, artists and designers will also create the assets, characters, and environments called for in their original game idea.

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Please contact Lisa Hall at Lisa.M.Hall@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1773 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Game Design & Simulation Designer (Artist) Specialization AAS Degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
GAME 1303 Introduction to Game Design and Development 3
ARTV 1303 Basic Animation 3
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communications I 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
Second Semester Courses 15 Credits
ARTV 1345 3-D Modeling and Rendering I 3
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy & Culture1 3
GAME 1304 Level Design 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 9 Credits
ARTV 1341 3-D Animation I 3
IMED 2345 Interactive Digital Media II 3
GAME 2338 Game Testing 3
Game Design & Simulation Designer (Artist) Certificate Program Total 39 Credits


Note: Students must meet math competency (MATH 0308 or higher)

  1. Choose from AAS core
  2. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: Wages vary by position title and credentials.

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Mid Level Game Designer2
  • Senior Game Designer2
  • World Designers2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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