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Game Design & Simulation Developer (Programming) Specialization AAS

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Overview

Summary

Game programmers and developers will learn what it takes to make the game world and gameplay work properly. They determine the “how,” aligning the technical side of gaming with the designer’s vision. This includes programming characters, actions and triggered events to how the artificial intelligence runs in the game. Students pursuing game development will graduate with a solid background in programming using C++ and the knowledge of manipulating game engines and level editors.

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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Contact

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

Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses 3 Credits
COSC 1301-or-ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3

First Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
GAME 1303 Introduction to Game Design & Development 3
COSC 1309 Logic Design 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Elective Humanities/Fine Arts Elective1 3
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 3
Second Semester Courses 15 Credits
GAME 1304 Level Design 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
COSC 1320 C Language 3
ITSE 2317 Java Programming 3
GAME 1343 Game and Simulation Programming I 3
Third Semester Courses 3 Credits
GAME 2338 Game Testing 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
ITSE 2331 Advanced C++ Programming 3
GAME 1359 Game & Simulation Programming II 3
ARTV 1303 Basic Animation 3
GAME 1335 Interactive Writing I 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
GAME 2303 Artificial Intelligence Programming I 3
ITSE 2359-or-INEW 2338 Advanced Computer Programming-or-Advanced JAVA Programming 3
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3
GAME 2332-or-GAME 2386 Interpersonal Project Development I2-or-Internship2 3
Gaming Design and Simulation Developer (Programming) AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

Footnotes

  1. Choose from AAS core
  2. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $96,2291

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

  • Applications Developer2
  • Software Development Engineer2

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."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

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 $792 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.