Simulation & Game Development

The Simulation and Game Development Program was approved by North Carolina Community College System on October 24, 2005.

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Following two years of research and development and extensive collaboration with industry leaders and sister colleges in the North Carolina system, Central Piedmont Community College has proposed a new AAS degree program in Simulation and Game Development.  The program is designed to respond to a national demand for highly trained SG technicians ready to enter the rapidly expanding field of simulation and game development.  The program is currently pending state approval.

For additional information, please contact Farhad Javidi, program developer/chair, at

According to the Entertainment Software Association, the game development industry is an $11 billion per year industry [2002], and trained developers and animation experts are highly sought after.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks software engineering #1 out of the top 25 fastest-growing occupations.  Annual salaries for Art/Animation Specialist, Simulation/Game Design, Audio/Video Specialist and Level Design positions can range from the high $40,000s to around $70,000 after one or two years of experience. Annual salaries for Programming positions can range from the high $50,000s to around $110,000 after one or two years of experience.