Online Associate Degrees in Game Design

Online associate-level programs in game design may provide students in-depth training creating the technical and artistic aspects of video games. In this two-year program, students may learn how to use multimedia computer programming, mix different lighting and textures, and implement database design. Program coursework may include general education courses as well as core courses, such as digital imaging, color fundamentals, and elements of game design.

Graduates may either seek entry-level employment or enroll in a game design baccalaureate program. Associate-level graduates may find employment in video game or motion pictures and software publishing.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 8% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for associate-level programs in game design may combine general education requirements alongside core game design courses. These courses may teach students how to create games, use animation software tools, and gain technical and artistic expertise. Core game design courses may include the following:

  • Scripting
  • 3D Production
  • Color Fundamentals
  • Elements of Game Design
  • Figure Drawing
  • Digital Imaging
  • Multimedia Programming

Career Options

Graduates of online associate-level programs in game design may find employment options in video game development, motion pictures, or software publishing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment options are expected to increase by 8% from 2010-2020*.

Possible careers include:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Application Tester
  • Animator
  • Web Application Developer

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an online associate-level program in game design may decide to further their education by enrolling in a baccalaureate program. These four-year programs in game design may provide students additional skills and training creating and implementing various video games through story development and production. Although most employers do not require their candidates have any sort of postgraduate experience, employers do look for individuals who have a strong portfolio and technical skills. Most animators and multimedia artists do opt to earn a baccalaureate degree.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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