Arapahoe Community College

2016-2017 Catalog

Game Design and Development AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

(15-16 credit hours)

ART 121

Drawing I


BUS 217

Business Communication & Report Writing


COM 115

Public Speaking OR


COM 125

Interpersonal Communication


ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1) OR


ENG 131

Technical Writing I


MAT 121

College Algebra (GT-MA1) OR higher


Major Courses

(32 credit hours)

CIS 289



CSC 119

Introduction to Programming OR CSC 116 Programming Logic


CSC 126

Game Design and Development


CSC 160

Computer Science I: (JAVA)


CSC 161

Computer Science II: (JAVA)


CSC 200

Game Programming I


CSC 227

3D Game Programming


MGD 143

Motion Graphic Design I: (Software)


MGD 111

Adobe Photoshop I


MGD 153

3D Animation I


Elective Courses

(13 credit hours)

Students must take 12-13 credits from the following

ART 221, ART 131, BUS 120, CIS 118, CIS 202, CSC 160 (C++), CSC 236, MAR 106, MAR 216, MAT 201 or higher, MGD 101, MGD 112, MGD 163, MGD 243 or any CSC course approved by Department



60 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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