Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Game Design and Simulation degree teaches students the skills in design and technology to develop games and other digital art. This degree takes an interdisciplinary approach, with students learning how to use industry standard software and techniques to create game models and textures, animate characters, program gameplay, and create sounds. Students will learn game design theories to understand media and design their games to create emotional attachments and guide players through the mechanics and environments. By the end of the program, students will have the skills to fully develop and publish their own games using industry standard software, techniques, and workflow.

Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

The degree will provide students with a solid foundation in all aspects of game development, such as design, programming, and art. Graduates from the program are prepared for industry or independent work in game development, or related industries such as digital art or UX design. Students are also well-suited to continue their studies for a related bachelor’s degree at UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions, such as degrees in digital media art, computer science, or fine art.

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Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of applied science in game design and simulation program is available from the Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or at, or the Business and Industrial Technologies Division, at 505.925.8711.