Video Game Design and Development

CERT - Occupational Certificate

This program provides graduates with the entry level skills needed for a specialized career in the video game design industry. Students will be familiarized with fundamental concepts of game history, sound design, digital arts, and programming concepts. This certificate also includes the specialized coursework in the following stackable certificates: Beginning Video Game Design, Video Game Art Design, Video Game Software Development, Video Game Sound Engineering, and Video Game Story Development.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to provide students, interested in video game design and technology, the opportunity to get a certificate to enter the workforce with the skills needed to create and design video games. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of video game development life cycle, development techniques and industry history.
  • Design computer programs using structured programming concepts and tools.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of digital arts, its application of art and a basic understanding of design issues.
  • Develop portfolio for entering the workforce

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
GME 100 Introduction to Design and Game History 3 Major Requirement
GME 101 Introduction to Programming Concepts 3 Major Requirement
GME 105 Digital Arts in Video Games 2 Major Requirement
GME 130 Animation and Interactivity 2 Major Requirement
GME 141 Electronic Music 2 Major Requirement
GME 170 Digital Storytelling 3 Major Requirement

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
GME 110 Computer Game Development 3 Major Requirement
GME 112 Sound Design 2 Major Requirement
GME 120 Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals 2 Major Requirement
GME 122
GME 124
Python Programming
Java Programming
3 Major Requirement
GME 132 Character Animation 3 Major Requirement
GME 143 Studio Recording 2 Major Requirement
GME 172 Introduction to Screenwriting 3 Major Requirement

Third Semester: Summer 

Course Course Title Credits Area
GME 224 Special Project 3 Major Requirement
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