In this age of emerging technologies it is not uncommon for people to own two, three, or more video game consoles – in addition to a personal computer. It seems that everyday you see another advertisement for new software or an upgraded system.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create your own gaming software… and become the envy of your gamer allies… and rivals?
Problem-solving and logical reasoning skills exist at the center of your degree plan in Game Design and Development. Our classes give you up-to-date knowledge and hands-on instruction to develop the skills and procedures for computer hardware, software and their applications.
The state-of-the-art laboratories at TSTC offer you opportunities to use various types of computers to learn research, design, writing, testing and implementation techniques.
By the time you graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree, you are ready to step into a job as a computer programmer, software or hardware support technician, software sales representative, or game developer. Other potential job titles would include software developer, software tester, system administrator, and Web administrator or programmer. Training in customer service relations is an important part of your experience for all these positions.
What You’ll Do
TSTC’s Star Power Prep
TSTC’s faculty comes to the college with years of professional experience in their respective occupations. Having worked in the field themselves, they know just what an employer is seeking and how to stay on track to accomplish that.
Faculty supports students' success and outcomes through structured faculty advisement activities, coordination of a program-specific peer-tutoring program, and through job placement.
The Game Design and Development program prepares students for careers in software development and software related industries, including the Entertainment Software Industry.
The department partners with industry professionals from computer related fields through a program advisory committee that guides course curriculums and degree plans developed to complement prescribed "hands-on" experiences in state-of-the-art laboratories and encourages early introduction of new techniques including Multi-User Operating Systems, Visual Languages, and System Analysis and Design.
Game Design and Development professionals keep abreast of game design technology and techniques, industry trends, or audience interests, reactions, and needs by reviewing current literature, talking with colleagues, participating in educational programs, attending meetings or workshops, or participating in professional organizations or conferences.
Small Class Size
At TSTC, our classes average 20 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.
Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students spend more than 60 percent of their time learning by doing the actual work they will do upon graduating from college. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the strong training you need to succeed in your career choice.
Students will also be experienced in customer service relations, effective oral and written communication skills, effective teamwork experience, and proper record-keeping techniques. Classes are geared to provide both knowledge and hands-on instruction.
TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain positions when job search time arrives.
The main function of the Game Design and Development Advisory Committee is to identify the knowledge and skills required for entry-level game developers. The input of the Advisory Committee enables the department to identify training requirements, and is mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
How do we do this? As industry professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.