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Photo of one of the images created by TSTC students in the Graphics, Gaming & Simulation programs.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

  • Design core features of video games

  • Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies

  • Create and maintain design documentation

  • Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed

  • Review or evaluate competitive products, film, music, television, and other art forms to generate new game design ideas. 

  • Create gameplay test plans for internal and external test groups. 

  • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product.

  • Write or supervise the writing of game text and dialogue.

  • Present new game design concepts to management and technical colleagues, including artists, animators, and programmers.

  • Prepare and revise initial game sketches using two- and three-dimensional graphical design software.

  • Oversee gameplay testing to ensure intended gaming experience and game adherence to original vision.

  • Devise missions, challenges, or puzzles to be encountered in game play.

  • Determine supplementary virtual features, such as currency, item catalog, menu design, and audio direction.

  • Create gameplay prototypes for presentation to creative and technical staff and management.

  • Create and manage documentation, production schedules, prototyping goals, and communication plans in collaboration with production staff

  • Collaborate with artists to achieve appropriate visual style.

  • Document all aspects of formal game design, using mock-up screenshots, sample menu layouts, gameplay flowcharts, and other graphical devices

  • Create core game features including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise

TSTC’s Star Power Prep

  •  5 semesters of intensive training in lab settings utilizing the software and equipment used by industry professionals, along with the academics and support courses you need to succeed

  • Small class size with a strong one-on-one instructional approach

  • Opportunities to gain real hands-on experience by working on an actual campus home, as well as through an internship or co-ops

  • Experienced staff with industry training guided by an advisory board comprised of field experts


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.

Job Credibility

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.

Hands-on Learning

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.

Advisory Committee

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.



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