Simulation and Game Development

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: Autodesk Maya, Game Maker Studio, Adobe Master Collection (Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, Premiere Pro), MS Visual Studio, ZBrush, Unreal Engine and Unity 3D.  Students use various programming languages and scripts to create their simulations and games, including: C#, C++, J2E, VB, Python, Java 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 program also offers thirteen certificates.

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 corequisites; check the Course Descriptions section for details.

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For additional information, contact Marc Tucker, the program chair, at