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Game Design & Simulation Developer
(Programming) Certificate

The Game Design & Simulation Developer (Programming) Certificate (C2_GDP2) is offered at LSC-Kingwood and LSC-Tomball. For more information, please contact the Computer Information Technology Department.

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Program Description

The game design and simulation program will allow students to take their passion for playing games and shape it into the development of games. Upon completion, students will have experienced all aspects of the game design process from concept to completion. They will have studied the function of games and game play, developed interactive projects that address the technical challenges of a game's production. Students will gain valuable experience walking an original game idea through every phase of development, with a completed and playable game at the end of the program to show for it.

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.

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.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers OR 3
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computer  
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
GAME 1303 Introduction to Game Design and Development 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ARTV 1303 Basic Animation 3
Elective1   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
GAME 1335 Interactive Writing I 3
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology OR 3
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication  

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
COSC 1309 Logic Design OR 3-4
ITSE 1402 Computer Programming  

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
COSC 1420 "C" Language OR 4
ITSE 1407 Introduction to C++  
GAME 1304 Level Design 3
GAME 2338 Game Testing 3
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
GAME2 2332 Project Development I OR 3
GAME2 2386 Internship  

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for
Game Design & Simulation Developer (Programming) Certificate:


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