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Game Design and Development

Learn how video games are made and bring your game ideas to life with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Game Design & Development.

Arapahoe Community College Student

If you enjoy art and technology and have a strong love of video games, our Associate of Applied Science in Game Design & Development is an excellent way to get started in video game creation. Our program offers training in game programming and development, 2D and 3D modeling and animation, and allows you to emphasize on multimedia or computer science. Our lab is equipped with up-to-date tools and engines to provide you with the right hands-on experience to enhance what you learn in the classroom, and our faculty and instructors are experts in the field who can guide you through the program.

Nina Amey
Faculty / Department Chair
Computer Networking Technology
nina.amey [at]

What You'll Learn

A lot of work goes into designing a video game, and what you learn in the program will be applicable to other areas outside of game design. Upon completion of the AAS in Game Design & Development, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply game design concepts to new environments
  • Understand the syntax of a computer language
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a complete game

CIP 500411 (GAM)

The Game Design and Development A.A.S. Degree prepare students for a broad range of careers in the Gaming industry, including independent game developer, computer programmer and game artist. Graduates of the degree may also elect to work in multimedia or graphic design capacities.

Students will develop 2D and 3D digital modeling, digital animation, and programming skills using an industry standard gaming engine. Course electives allow students to gain experience with art concepts, digital sound editing and additional 3D modeling tools.

Students will develop a Portfolio while completing the degree to show to prospective employers.

The number of local companies in Game development in Colorado is increasing; please check the Colorado Game developer association website for more information: However, as U.S. game studios tend to be concentrated in specific cities, graduates may need to relocate to pursue a career in this field. Students can pursue a 4-year degree by transferring their courses to the University of Denver's Animation and Game Development degree. Please see an advisor for more details.

Note: Because gaming technology changes more rapidly than that in other fields, students may be required to upgrade their PCs during the course of their program.

Total: 60 credit hours

Job Potential

While the Game Design & Development program focuses on video game creation, it will teach you skills that can be used outside of making games. Within and outside of the game development industry, you’ll be preparing yourself to work as a:

Why Choose Game Design & Development?

During the program, you will begin to build your portfolio with games that you develop as a part of your courses. After obtaining your 2-year AAS, you can go directly into developing games, or you can continue your education at a 4-year institution. Our courses transfer to some colleges that offer Bachelor’s degrees in Game Development. Be sure to check with an advisor to learn more.

Are you ready to turn your hobby into your dream career? Start moving mountains with game design today.