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Computer Game and Simulation Development - Digital Arts Track A.A.S. (CGS)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

This degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level artistic work in the computer video game and simulation industries or related fields. Industry positions include, but are not limited to, animator, 2D sprite artist, 3D modeler, texture artist, character rigger, game-environment designer, and user experience designer. Students utilize industry-standard software and game engines, produce game assets and animations, and gain practical experiences working with programming students in team environments to produce game and simulation projects. Effective project management techniques are used as games are developed collaboratively. Skills learned in this degree may be leveraged into other artistic careers. While some students may wish to further their education by pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college
or university, the degree is designed for students preparing to enter the workforce directly, in an entry-level position, or to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities for game development.

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

  • obtain an entry-level position in the computer gaming industry or design games and simulations as an entrepreneur.
  • design engaging mechanics and systems for game projects.
  • develop user experiences in a computer video game, from concept to completion, using two- and three dimensional game engines in a team-based work environment using appropriate project management techniques.
  • create visual and auditory artistic assets for use in computer game and simulation projects, often developed
  • collaboratively with the programming track students.
  • produce effective and efficient 3D models and textures for use in game projects.
  • understand and implement the Principles of Animation, in both two- and three-dimensional animation.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
CIS 105 Intro to Computers and Applications 3
ART 107 Digital Design 3
CIS 180 Intro to Project Management 3
CIS 112 Computational Thinking and Programming Logic 2
ENG 105 College English I 3
Semester Total 14
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ART 118 2D Game and Simulation Graphics 3
CIS 118 Game & Simulation Programming Fundamentals 3
ART 132 Principles of 3D Modeling and Texturing 3
CIS 133 User Experience Design 3
ENG 107 Technical Writing 3
Semester Total 15
Summer Session
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ART 110 Drawing I 3
Elective Physics 4-5
Semester Total 7-8
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ART 181 Advanced 3D Modeling and Texturing 3
ART 247 Introduction to Animation 3
CIS 114 Intro to Game Design 3
MAT 160 College Algebra or higher 3
Elective Humanities/Social Science 3
Semester Total 15
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BUS 248 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management 3
ART 251 Character Rigging and Animation 3
ART 209
or CED 272
Computer Game and Simulation Art Capstone
DMP 116 Sound Design for Animation 3
Elective Humanities/Social Science 3
Semester Total 15
Credit Total 66-67