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LSC-Kingwood offers flex gaming course

As the Gaming industry continues to grow, Lone Star College-Kingwood is preparing its students by offering a variety of courses that will teach them different techniques to either continue their education at a four-year university or to gain employment.

This fall, the Computer Information System department will launch its new flex course Introduction to Game Design and Development. The course is a hybrid in which students will spend two hours in the classroom on Mondays from 5-7 p.m. and the rest will be done online. There are no prerequisites to sign up for this three-hour credit course.

“The gaming industry is growing in Texas and has a lot of job opportunities available. This class teaches students good game design theory, different roles/jobs within the gaming industry as they develop their own games,” said Caroline Chamness, faculty of Game Design and Simulation.

The class begins Sept. 13 and the last day to register is Sept. 11. This course allows students to touch on all aspects of game design: game art, game programming, audio and overall game design. They can use this course to decide what area they would like to specialize in more and which associate of Applied Sciences track (Design/Art or Programming) they want to pursue.

In Introduction to Game Design and Development, students will work on creating both a traditional and computer game. They will work in teams to build all of the components it takes to make a game. The final project will be to create a game that is played on the computer.

“It they choose to continue, they will learn the skills necessary to get a job in several industries: video, educational, computer and traditional as well as with companies that do simulation development for training purposes,” Chamness said.

For more information on Introduction to Game Design and Development, contact Caroline Chamness at 281-312-1427 or email her at Caroline.M.Chamness@LoneStar.edu. To register for the class online, go to www.lonestar.edu/registration.

Register now for credit classes in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-591-6625. Former and current students can register online at www.LoneStar.edu/registration

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm

With more than 62,000 students in credit classes in spring 2010, and a total enrollment of nearly 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. LSCS consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.