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Information Technology

Animation & Game Development

Associate of Applied Science • 61 Credit Hours

Animation and Game Developer curriculum provides training in principles and techniques used to create interactive 2D and 3D computer games.

Create interactive 2D & 3D games.

Today’s games are very complex. They often require teams of programmers, designers, artists, testers, advertisers, and producers to organize and develop. The training needed for game development is enormous and warrants a complex education of multiple courses in multiple tools. The Animation and Game Development curriculum at Mountwest prepares students to enter this ever-growing field beginning with a foundation in object-oriented programming using Python. Then, students will create full 3D games via Unreal Engine’s visual scripting system, Blueprint. Building upon this knowledge and familiarity of Unreal Engine, students will spend their remaining time developing games using C++, Blueprint, and other 3D content creation software such as Blender. Completion of this A.A.S. degree will give students the experience of building real, multi-platform games to showcase in their portfolios.

QUICK FACTS

Animation & Game Developer

2020 Median Pay
$110,140 per year

Number of Jobs
1,847,900 in 2018

Job Outlook
2020-2030 22%

Much faster than average employment.

For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at bls.gov/ooh/.

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Potential Employers

  • Strictly Business Computer Systems
  • Bungie
  • Epic Games
  • Blizzard
  • EA

Career Outlook: projected to grow 21 percent from 2018 to 2028

Graduates with an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology – Animation & Game Development will have the skills to obtain employment as programmers web/game designers, product testers, animation designers and project managers.

 

Employment of software developers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Software developers will be needed to respond to an increased demand for computer software.

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Garrett Mathis
Assistant professor
Rob Jenkins
Assistant professor

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