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2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Arapahoe Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Game Design & Development AAS - Academic Plan

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The Game Design and Development degree is a two-year Associate of Applied Science program that prepares students to work as a game developer or computer programmer.

There are three types of courses students will focus on in the degree: general computer science classes ensure every student has a solid programming background applicable to any development position, game development classes make certain students know how to apply their programming skill to create engaging games using an industry standard game engine, and art and multimedia courses provide the creative background necessary for students to effectively integrate with the diverse teams that work on modern games. Electives allow a student to customize their degree with additional classes in a chosen area of focus.

Course Availability

Total Credits = 60

Required Courses - General Education Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
ART 1201  - Drawing I 3 No Yes Yes Yes
BUS 2017 - Business Communication & Report Writing 3 No Yes Yes Yes
COM 1150  - Public Speaking* OR
COM 1250  - Interpersonal Communication
3 No Yes Yes Yes
ENG 1021  - English Composition GT-CO1 OR
ENG 1031  - Technical Writing GT-CO1*
3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
MAT 1340  - College Algebra: GT-MA1 or Higher* 3-4 Yes Yes Yes Yes


Required Courses - Major Courses Credits Pre or Co Reqs Required Course Available Fall? Course Available Spring? Course Available Summer?
CIS 2089  - Capstone 3 No No Yes No
CSC 1019  - Introduction to Programming 3 No Yes Yes Yes
CSC 1026  - Game Design and Development 3 No Yes Yes No
CSC 1060  - Computer Science I* 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
CSC 1061  - Computer Science II 4 Yes Yes Yes No
CSC 2000  - Game Programming I 3 Yes No Yes No
CSC 2027  - 3D Game Programming 3 Yes Yes No No
CSC 2046  - Mobile App Development 3 yes Yes No No
MGD 1011  - Adobe Photoshop I 3 No Yes Yes Yes
MGD 1043  - Motion Graphic Design I 3 No Yes Yes No
MGD 1053  - 3D Animation I 3 No No Yes No
Major Electives (See Notes for specific requirements) 9-10 total No Yes Yes Yes


Program Outcomes

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

Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time Track)

Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time Track)

Year 1: Summer

Year 2: Spring

Year 2: Summer

Year 3: Fall

Year 3: Spring


  • *This course requires college level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of appropriate college-readiness course.
  • AAA 1001  – College 101: Student Experience is required for all new college students seeking degrees or transfer.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • In order to meet program requirements, students registered for ENG 1021  or ENG 1031  must also register for ENG 0094  unless they can demonstrate otherwise meeting the ENG 0094 ​ standard through assessment testing, prior college coursework, or recent High School coursework. See an Advisor for details.
  • Major Electives: Students must take 9-10 credit hours from the following: ART 1202 , ART 1002 , BUS 1020 , CIS 1018 , CIS 2002 , CSC 2065 , CSC 2017 , CSC 2036 , MAR 1006 , MAR 2016 , MAT 2410  or higher, MGD 1001 , MGD 1012 , MGD 1063 , MGD 2043 , MUS 1061 , MUS 1062 , or any MGD or CSC course approved by department.
  • Recommended courses may be listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5664) for additional elective recommendations.
  • Refer to 2022/2023 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this degree

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