Simulation and Game Development

The Simulation and Game Development (A25450) 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, and client, server, cloud and database programming for the purpose of creating simulations and games. Graduates may qualify for employment as designers, concept and graphic artists, animators, programmers, database administrators, testers, quality assurance analysts, engineers and administrators in the game development industry, entertainment industry, the health care industry, engineering, forensics, education, NASA and government agencies.

Among the tools used in the program are: Autodesk and Adobe products, Blender, Unity, Unreal Engine, MS Visual Studio, and Xsens. Students use various programming languages and scripts to create their simulations and games, including: C#, C++, BluePrints, MEL Scripting, Python, Java Script, and ActionScript. The program provides students with a full motion capture system with wireless/camera-less motion capture capabilities.  The SGD Program is one of the first in the nation to use Augmented and Virtual Reality equipment to create immersive Virtual Simulations and Games. As part of Work-based learning, students have the opportunity to work with local companies to design, develop and publish their own games on consoles, PC, and mobile marketplaces. 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 and national game development companies. A member of the SGD administration serves on the Executive Board of the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA). The program also works closely with the local IGDA chapter, IGDA Charlotte, and international IGDA leadership.  CPCC has established the first IGDA academic chapter in the State.  The program also offers three certificates and five Diplomas. CPCC was named “Community College of the Year” and was selected by Microsoft to be a Mentor College and a Microsoft Outreach partner.

Degree Awarded
The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Simulation and Game Development is award by the College upon completion of this program.

• A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
• Placement tests determine placement in English (ENG) and mathematics (MAT).
• Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Course Descriptions section for details.


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