Academic Catalogs

Video Game Development, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code: 2_CN_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.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

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 Units20