Game Programming & Design
Associate in Science (A.S.)
There is no industry that combines programming, creative writing, and graphic design quite like the ever-evolving game industry. With an FLCC degree, get ready to level up into a unique career that builds on your gaming knowledge and high-tech expertise!
Game designers thrive on creativity and imagination, and the gaming industry offers diverse job opportunities in programming, creative writing, computer science, and graphic design. If you have a passion for video games and see yourself designing them or being part of their creation, studying Game Programming and Design may be the right move for you.
This hands-on degree is tailored for aspiring game designers. Throughout your studies, you'll be part of a collaborative classroom environment. Each of your core classes utilize the most up-to-date industry equipment.
Gaming Lab Experience
As a student, you'll have access to a modern gaming lab equipped with cutting-edge technology where you'll complete hands-on projects and build a portfolio.
A semester-long capstone assignment is a requirement and involves the design and development of a game software application. Through this capstone course, you'll develop essential communication and tech skills.
FLCC's facilities will provide you with opportunities in virtual reality, 2D/3D modeling, motion capture, 3D printing, and rapid prototyping. Plus, you'll have the option of entering a game jam, which is a hackathon for video games.
Take control of your Game Programming studies with online learning! Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. If you choose to pursue the hybrid program option, you have the freedom to complete at least 50% of your coursework online, giving you greater flexibility.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Collaborate with other students on large projects, working with multiple disciplines to develop games from design through production to release.
- Use problem solving and logic to create and implement algorithms and assets according to given limitations and requirements.
- Develop a detailed schedule of tasks, key design documents, and benchmarks with a constant reflection and review of tools and best practices.
- Develop and publish a professional portfolio on the World Wide Web.
An established articulation agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology means that FLCC graduates with this degree can easily transfer into RIT's Game Design and Development program.
These schools offer bachelor's degrees in game design and closely related programs:
- Alfred State College
- SUNY Canton
- Fashion Institute of Technology
- SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Your education will provide you with experience in the design and development of game application software. Careers in gaming offer an innovative and hands-on work environment, and starting salaries for jobs in this field can be generous.
Some career paths include:
- Game Developer
- Character Artist/Animator
- Game Mechanic Designer
- Sound Designer
- Visual Effects Artist
"Professors in this program are passionate about games, and they offer great assistance every step of the way. Tests are replaced in part by projects, which removes a layer of stress and allows for creativity and learning along the way."