Game Design and Development, Associate in Applied Science



Program Code: 0435

Program Requirements

General Education Coursework
ENGLISH 101Composition3
MATH 118General Education Math (or higher)4
SPEECH 101Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
Fine Arts or Humanities course (HD)3
PSYCH 201General Psychology3
Required Program Core
ART 161Freehand Drawing3
COM DSGN 101Introduction to Communication Design3
COM DSGN 213Motion Graphics II3
GAME 105Game Design I3
GAME 106Game Development and Society3
GAME 109Creating the Art of the Game I3
GAME 153Game Design II3
GAME 160Game Producing and Management I3
GAME 209Creating the Art of the Game II3
GAME 241Gamification3
GAME 253Game Design III3
GAME 254Game Programming3
GAME 259Business of Games3
GAME 260Game Producing and Management II3
GAME 299Game Studio3
Total Hours61

At least one course must meet the Human Diversity (HD) requirement. 


This is an example course sequence for students interested in earning a degree in Game Design and Development. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If the pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Game Design and Development. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ART 161 Freehand Drawing 3
COM DSGN 101 Introduction to Communication Design 3
GAME 105 Game Design I 3
GAME 106 Game Development and Society 3
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
Semester 2
GAME 109 Creating the Art of the Game I 3
GAME 153 Game Design II 3
GAME 160 Game Producing and Management I 3
COM DSGN 213 Motion Graphics II 3
MATH 118 General Education Math 1 4
Semester 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
GAME 209 Creating the Art of the Game II 3
GAME 241 Gamification 3
GAME 253 Game Design III 3
GAME 254 Game Programming 3
Semester 4
GAME 259 Business of Games 3
GAME 260 Game Producing and Management II 3
GAME 299 Game Studio 3
PSYCH 201 General Psychology 1 3
Fine Arts or Humanities Course (HD) 1 3
 Total Hours61

General Education course

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This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Special Effects Artists and Animators

Job Description

Create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$28,990
Median 50th Percentile$56,955
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$134,594

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$14
Median 50th Percentile$27
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$65

Annual Job Openings

74 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less5.53%
A certificate0.00%
Some college39.68%
An Associate degree1.70%
A Bachelor's degree52.75%
A Master's or Professional degree0.34%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

53.09% continue their education beyond an associate degree