Simulation & Game Development - Overview
The Simulation and Game Development curriculum provides a broad background in simulation and game development with practical applications in creative arts, visual arts, audio/video technology, creative writing, modeling, design, programming and management.
Students receive hands-on training in design, 3D modeling, software engineering, database administration and programming for the purpose of creating simulations and games.
Graduates may qualify for employment as designers, artists, animators, programmers, database administrators, testers, quality assurance analysts, engineers and administrators in the entertainment industry, the health care industry, engineering, forensics, education, NASA and government agencies.
Among the tools used in the program are: 3ds Max Studio, Maya, Unity3D Engine, Microsoft XNA, Endorphin, Motion Builder, Game Maker, Unreal Engine, Adobe Design Premium Studio and Adobe After Effects. Students use various programming languages and scripts to create their simulations and games, including: C#, C++, J2E, VB, Python, Java Script and Action Script.
All SGD courses meet rigorous national standards for online delivery and are offered for fully online delivery in local and international markets. The program maintains contact with local game development companies, including Red Storm, Epic Games and Virtual Heroes, as well as one of the most active IGDA chapters in the nation, the Triangle Chapter.
The SGD program offers four diplomas - in Animation, Design, Modeling and Programming - as well as thirteen certificates.