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Game Development - Visual Arts Professional (A.A.S.)


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Official Title of Major: Visual Arts Professional - Game Development, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.

Code: AAS.VSL-P.GAME-DEV

Total Credit Hours: 60

Visual Arts and Humanities

Purpose: Designed to provide students with basic skills necessary to become independent game developers. It provides first-hand experience in designing game levels, producing original game art, and prototyping game concepts using both 2D and 3D game engines.

Students interested in working for a large AAA game company are encouraged to consider the Visual Arts Transfer AA-Game and Art Design area of concentration. The transfer degree will better prepare a student for developing a more focused set of skills necessary to get an entry-level job in this highly competitive industry, by allowing students to more easily transfer to a four year school to complete a bachelor degree. There is also a Game Development Certificate available for students who wish for a more focused study of the subject.

Honors Program Courses


If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements


See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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Visual Arts Professional Degree Core Courses


The following courses make up the core for the Visual Arts Professional degree programs: ART 100  (satisfied by the Arts and Humanities general education requirement listed below), ART 106 , (satisfied by the Technology Requirement listed below), ART 250  and ART 275  (satisfied by the Area of Concentration requirement listed below). 

Students must complete all of these courses with a grade of C or better.

General Education Requirements: 21 credits


An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English Composition: 6 credits


Arts and Humanities: 3 credits


Biological and Physical Sciences: 3 credits


A lab science is acceptable. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits


See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits


See General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Additional General Education Requirement: 3 credits


Area of Concentration: 39 credits


Students must complete all of these courses with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses: 19 credits


Technology Requirement: 3 credits


Choose two courses from the following: 6 credits


Art Electives: 6 credits


Choose two of the following:

Electives: 5 credits


No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Diversity Requirement


All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Diversity Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective. 

Technology Requirement


Satisfied by ART 106 .

Wellness Requirement


Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the Game Development Area of Concentration, students will be able to:

  1. Produce and design game assets;
  2. Evaluate game software and hardware;
  3. Apply knowledge of game development, history, and testing in creation of game concepts and prototypes;
  4. Collaborate with others professionally on game development.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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