Game Design & Application Programming

Design the Games and Apps of Tomorrow

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The Game Design and Application Programming Certificate and Degree programs at NCTC prepare you for an assortment of careers in video game design and mobile app design. Through hands-on training in game development, application programming, animation programming, and video game design you will attain the skills that are needed for entry level employment in this burgeoning field.

Game designers and mobile app developers are the creative minds behind the computer and platform games we play and the apps we use on our smart phones and tablets. The proliferation of video games and mobile apps compels programmers and designers to find their area of interest and focus their skill-set. NCTC’s certificate and degree programs present you with the opportunity to explore aspects of game design and app development that most interest you and will favor your success in this field.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

With the global value of the video game industry nearing $100 billion, the related careers that fuel the industry are experiencing growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects Software Developer jobs will increase by 17 percent between 2014 and 2024.  According to the BLS, the median annual pay for Software and Application Developers was $102,160 in 2015. The BLS lists Multimedia Artists and Animators jobs growing by 6 percent between 2014 and 2024 and the median annual pay was $63,970 in 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to earn a certificate or degree? add

The Certificate in Game Design is designed to be completed in one year while the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Gaming/ Application Programming is set to conclude in two years. Students, however, may set their pace.

Are any of the courses offered online? add

Yes, courses in Gaming/Application Programming are offered online through Canvas. Online courses are comparable to classroom courses, but may be attended at a time and place of the student’s choosing. Hybrid classes may also be available each semester. Check with the department for the current class schedule.

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Will this program transfer to a four-year university? add

Yes! The Associate degree (AAS) will transfer to several North Texas universities through the AAS to BAAS transfer programs. For more information and a list of participating institutions, please review the AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

Is financial aid available for this degree? add

NCTC believes that all students should be allowed the opportunity to pursue a higher education. The Financial Aid office will help you when applying for aid. For more information, call (940) 668-4242 or go to Financial Aid online or visit the Financial Aid office on any of NCTC's six campuses.

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Who may I contact for more information? add

Susan Svane
Division Chair, Information Technology
Corinth Campus
(940) 498-6438