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Digital Media: Game Development Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 17
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Term Effective: Fall 2019


The Computer Studies: Game Development certificate of achievement provides a course of study that prepares students to design and program interactive computer games. This pathway leads to entrepreneurial opportunities for a self-made career in the video game industry. The Computer Studies: Game Development certificate focuses on the history of games, gameplay design, and game design and coding.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply systems-level thinking and abstraction in the context of interactive computational media.
  2. Recognize and understand the social, legal, ethical, and cultural issues in the discipline of computer games.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of visual interaction design and artistic practices in domains involving playful interactions.
  4. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills regarding technical and analytical consideration of computer games.
  5. Design a technical system that achieves creative goals for audience experience in computational media.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to collaboratively plan, organize, and execute complex, team-oriented projects, using appropriate communication and coordination techniques.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Digital Media: Game Development Certificate program are:

  • Complete 17 units from
    • Digital Media: Game Development Requirements

Digital Media: Game Development Requirements - complete 17.00 units
CS 74.40 History of Games3.00
CS 74.41 Game Design4.00
CS 74.42 Introduction to Game Coding4.00
GD 90 Designing the User Experience3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
APTECH 43 Computer Modeling and Animation with 3D Studio Max3.00
CS 10A Introduction to Programming Concepts and Methodologies4.00
CS 50A Web Development 13.00
CS 74.11 Introduction to Digital Media3.00
GD 51 Introduction to Graphic Design3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2019

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2020

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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