Academic Catalogs

Video Game Development, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code: 2_AA_CSVG
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Game Development program at Golden West College is designed to prepare students for challenging and rewarding careers in computer-based game development, 3D Graphics Programming, Computer Animation, and other such exciting fields. Students utilize the latest tools to learn about 3D computer graphics, console and PC based games, mobile games, and multiplayer online games. Classes are conducted in smart classrooms with the latest instructional tools. A sizable project is undertaken in each class providing the students with an opportunity to add an exciting project to their portfolios.

Students can apply the skills they learn through this program, to general computing (corporate applications, databases, web applications); entertainment media development (3-D computer animation for film/video); engineering applications (computer-aided manufacturing, robotics, and product simulations); and emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, urban simulation, augmented reality, and biotechnology process simulation).

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the hardware and software components of a video game system.
  2. Design and build a single-user 2D and 3D video game.
  3. Design and build a multi-user PC or Mobile game.
  4. Evaluate existing game engines, script games in those engines, build and deploy characters and models.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CS G175C++ Programming4
or CS G178 Visual C# .Net
CS G147Game Programming, Introduction4
CS G148Game Programming, Intermediate4
CS G149Game Programming, Advanced4
CS G121Creating Game Artwork, Introduction4
or CS G150 Mobile Game Programming
Total Major20
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60