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Game Design & Simulation Developer (Programming) Certificate Level II

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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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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 Developer (Programming) Specialization
AAS Degree

First Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
COSC 1301-or-ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
GAME 1303 Introduction to Game Design & Development 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Second Semester Courses 9 Credits
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy, & Culture1 3
SOCI 1301-or-SPCH 1318 Principles of Sociology-or-Interpersonal Communication 3
GAME 2305 Interactive Writing II 3
Third Semester Courses 3 Credits
ITSE 1302 Computer Programming 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 9 Credits
COSC 1320 C Language 3
GAME 1304 Level Design 3
GAME 2338 Game Testing 3
Second Semester Courses 3 Credits
GAME 2332-or-GAME 2386 Project Development I2-or-Internship2 3
Game Design & Simulation Developer (Programming) Certificate Program Total 36 Credits

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Career Options

Median wage: $99,3401

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."


  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.


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.

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