CIT, Introductory Game Design and Development, Occupational Certificate
Are you a dreamer of worlds? Have you always been interested in playing the game as much as you’re interested in knowing how it was created? If so, a rewarding career in gaming may be in your future. At San Jacinto College, we teach the latest in game design and programming, simulation, level design, engine development, tool building, and multimedia programming. You’ll get your hands on the latest design applications and game engines, including multi-player and multimedia audio and video tools. Are you up to the challenge?
San Jacinto College’s Simulation and Gaming Technology program:
- Is designed for students who are interested in advanced programming areas, such as simulations, game design, game programming, level design, engine development tool building, and multimedia programming;
- Includes in-depth hands-on training with industry standard applications and game engines, as well as multi-player and multimedia (including audio and video) programming, and two semester project classes where students design and implement their own games or simulations; and
- Offers a simulation and game programming certificate program so students can enhance their training beyond the basic application programming certificate or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
Students must apply for admission to this program by contacting the Department Chair and verifying that they have the appropriate interest and drive to succeed in completing this program’s certificate requirements.
The Computer Simulation and Gaming Program prepares students for careers as:
- Entry level programmers,
- Game programmers,
- Level designers,
- Assistant game designers,
- Game engine programmers, and
- Software testers.
Web developer Median Salary: $74,929 per year1
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For more information, please contact North campus, 281-998-6150, x7242; or South campus, 281-998-6150, x3502.
The Computer Information Technology program is designed primarily for students seeking an occupational certificate, certificate of technology, or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students can expect to complete most certificates in less than one year and degrees in as little as two years. For those students who have already fulfilled general education requirements, it may be possible to finish degree course work even sooner. It is generally recommended that students complete the 21 credit hour computer information technology (CIT) foundations occupational certificate before continuing into a certificate of technology or AAS degree. Most courses in this occupational certificate will apply toward the other CIT certificates and AAS degrees.
The CIT curriculum provides the graduate with the knowledge and in-demand applied technical skills needed to enter computer-related occupations in the business/industry job market. Certificates and AAS degrees are available in the following areas: Applications Programming, Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration, Information Technology Security, Simulation and Game Design, Network Administration Cisco, and Web Applications Development.
- The Applications Programming Specialty is for students interested in writing computer programs, both stand-alone and web-based, in languages such as C++ and Java. Emphasis is placed on solving business-related computer problems through programming techniques and procedures, using appropriate languages and software.
- In Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration, a student can choose between a track with emphasis on computer hardware and software support or one with focus on the installation and maintenance of networks. Students will be exposed to current tools and techniques for implementing solutions for customers in network environments.
- The Simulation and Game Design program is designed for students who are interested in advanced programming areas, as in simulations, game programming, program testing, or multimedia programming.
- In the Network Administration Cisco specialty, emphasis is on the design, implementation, and administration of local and wide area router networks.
- The Web application development program prepares students for entry-level positions in website design, development, and administration.
The CIT industry certification program is intended for students with industry experience in one or more of the following areas of study: beginning network administration, Cisco, and advanced information technology security. These certificates enable students to supplement their current job skills and obtain industry certifications, if desired. Each industry certificate consists of only the courses required to obtain a specific certification.
Note for transfer students: Due to variations in requirements at four year colleges and universities, students desiring a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science are strongly advised to consult a CIT Department Chair at San Jacinto College and at the institution to which they wish to transfer. This communication regarding transfer degree plans with both computer department heads will help to ensure the transition process is as smooth as possible. The Computer Science Field of Study located elsewhere in the catalog may also be appropriate.
Simulation and Game Programming Certificate Program
Students must apply for admission to this program by contacting the department chair and verifying that they have the appropriate interest and drive to succeed in this program’s certificates.
The CIT Simulation and Game Programming Certificate program is designed for students who are interested in advanced programming areas, as in simulations, game programming, program testing, and/or multimedia programming.
Plan of Study
|GAME 1303||Introduction to Game Design and Development||3|
|INEW 2340||Object-Oriented Design - Game Design||3|
|ITSC 1319||Internet/Web Page Development||3|
|ITSE 1329||Programming Logic and Design||3|
or ARTV 1345
|Introduction to C++ Programming
or 3-D Modeling and Rendering
|IMED 1341||Interface Design with Photoshop||3|
Capstone Experience: INEW 2340 Object-Oriented Design - Game Design