May 26, 2024  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Game Design, A.S.*

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Program Design

The purpose of the Computer Game Design  program is to provide students who are interested in a career in this industry comprehensive instruction in all aspects of computer game design, programming and production. The specific program objectives include:

  • To provide instruction in all production aspects of game design and production including animation, sound design, game level design, 3D modeling, and computer graphics.
  • To connect the media creation aspects of game design with the computer science programming necessary to produce functioning gameplay.     
  • To integrate creative thinking and technical skills in the development of original gaming concepts.
  • To offer an overview of the games industry including tracking industry trends, preparation of production proposals and budgets, and the development and responsibilities of production teams.

The program is structured to equip students with a sound foundation in technical skills, design concepts, aesthetics, terminology and vocabulary, and to provide an awareness of the application of creative and critical think­ing in the use of technical knowledge. A strong emphasis has been placed on the use of the computer as a production and compositing tool.

Learning Outcomes

 Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates of the Computer Game Design program will:

  • Meet educational standards for entry-level and advanced level employment in the area of game design and development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline for game development (concept, storytelling, character development, level design, programming decisions, network distribution, etc.).
  • Integrate creative/artistic skills (drawing, animation, storytelling, level design, etc.) with the computer science programming skills necessary for the development of interactive media.
  • Demonstrate the software skills necessary for game development and for potential employment in the game development field.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Computer Game Design Requirements

Total Minimum Credits Required: 60


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:


Recommended Math:

 , MAT* 185 - Trigonometric Functions, or   

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If a student is interested in transferring to another institution it is recommended that the student speaks to the Program Coordinator or program faculty as early as possible to discuss course selection and transferability.

DGA Elective Pool

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