Digital Game Development

Digital Game Development

The Digital Game Development program provides students with the principles of game mechanics. Areas of study include programming, story and character development, and artistic theory and concepts to develop a game.

Core Course Sequence

Digital Game Development I - Grade 9-10

This course is designed to introduce students to the elements and principles of game design. The areas of major emphasis in the course are game mechanics, game genres, game theory, 2D and 3D interactive experiences, and immersive environments. Students will apply both creative and technical skills to create concepts for games and game worlds. The appropriate use of technology is an integral part of this course.

Digital Game Development II - Grade 11

This course is a continuation of Digital Game Development I. This course provides intermediate digital game development students with instruction in advanced techniques and processes. The major areas of emphasis in the course will be development of characters, immersive environments, different genres, and exploration of multi-player games. Students will apply both creative and technical skills to design and refine in addition to implementing the adventure. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course.

Digital Game Development III - Grade 12

This course is a continuation of Digital Game Development II. This course provides advanced digital game development students with instruction in advanced techniques and production processes, various pay models, and considerations to market a game. Emphasis is placed on students developing digital games that include intermediate and advanced concepts in design, programming, animation, and 3D techniques. Project-based learning, collaboration, and portfolio development are essential elements of this course. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired entry-level skills for employment and be prepared for postsecondary education

CTE College Credit

In addition to Digital Game Development classes, program students also take Animation during their time at Southwest CTA and can earn college credit after passing the end-of-program exam.

In addition to CTE credits, Southwest CTA students can earn college credit from a variety of AP courses. All students in Digital Game Development take AP Computer Science Principles and are introduced to programming in JavaScript, and have the option to continue to AP Computer Science A to learn Java programming.

Southwest CTA also offers Jumpstart classes in partnership with CSN, which allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college classes during their high school years.

Industry Certifications

Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, students in the digital game development program can work towards earning Unity Certification as a Programmer, Artist, or VR Developer.

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