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Simulation & Game Development

What is Simulation & Game Development? 

The Simulation and Game Development curriculum provides a broad background with practical applications in visual arts, audio/video technology, creative writing, modeling, design, programming and management. Students receive hands-on training in design, 3D modeling, software engineering, computer animation, and computer programming for the purpose of creating simulations and video games. Students will also gain a background in business management in order to provide a foundation for entrepreneurial ventures given today’s global economy and the digital delivery mechanisms available via the Internet.Simulation Gaming 

Students will learn to use many development tools in order to bring their concepts to life. These tools include: Blender 3D, Game Maker, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Visual Studio, Adobe Photoshop, Unreal Development Kit, XNA Game Studio, Second Life, Unity 3D, and Alice. Various programming and scripting languages will also be leveraged during the curriculum including: C#, Java, GML, UnrealScript, ActionScript, HTML/XHTML, PHP, LSL, and JavaScript.  

Graduates may qualify for employment as web developers, graphic designers, modelers, animators, programmers, testers, quality assurance analysts, and level designers in numerous industries. These industries could include: entertainment, health care, engineering, forensics, education, NASA and government agencies. Furthermore, graduates will also have the skills and portfolio to launch their own business enterprise within any of the above mentioned areas.

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Typical Courses

  • Introduction to Programming & Logic
  • JAVA/Advanced JAVA Programming
  • Introduction to SGD
  • SGD Design I & II
  • SGD Programming
  • Level Design I & II
  • 3D Modeling I & II
  • SG Quality Assurance
  • Flash SG Programming
  • Web Markup and Scripting
  • Serious Games
  • SGD Business Management
  • SGD Project

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Simulation and Game Development Program will:

  • Pursue best information in the design and documentation of a basic simulation or game.
  • Implement and maintain a simulation or game in a computer language or within a game engine.
  • Test a simulation or game.
  • Use appropriate terminology within the game industry for the purpose of analyzing the financial and contractual obligations.
  • Develop original graphical content to be utilized within a game or simulation project.
  • Be exposed to uses of game technology for non-gaming purposes.
  • Examine the underlying assumptions of a game in order to provide levels and obstacles that promote a consistent environment.

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Contact Information:

Jere Miles
Jere D. Miles
Lead Instructor,
Simulation & Games
(336) 838-6437