AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Amarillo College has developed a new program aimed at honing the skills of many students who spend hours playing video games.
Amarillo College created a game design certificate last fall that “allows students to pursue careers in gaming and create their own portfolio building games,” AC said.
AC clarified that the 18-hour certificate program was developed for career-minded students, but also for those who consider gaming as a hobby.
The program is offered by the college’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) department and includes four required CIS and art courses: Game Design and Creation, Video Game Design, Basic Animation, and Game Engine. Additionally, students can choose two additional courses from electives in Web Programming, Animation Art, 3D Modeling and Rendering, and Game Scripting.
The release says that at the end of the program, individuals will present their completed video games at an on-campus forum.
“I was very pleased with what our students had accomplished at the end of our first semester last fall,” Joseph Melius, CIS instructor at the college, said in the statement. “Gaming is such a huge industry, and this certificate program gives our students a chance to jump into a number of career opportunities.
“The big appeal,” continued Melius, “is that game design isn’t one-dimensional. Graphic designers, sculptors, programmers, scriptwriters can all have their fingerprints on any given project. You get a meaningful collaboration and can really create or invent anything you want; there are no limits.
For more information about the Game Design Certificate Program at Amarillo College, please contact Joseph Melius at 806-371-5213 or [email protected], or Karen Boatman, Program Coordinator at 806-371-5930 or [email protected] .edu.