Unlock your creative potential in game design
and production through WPCC’s Simulation and Game Development
Western Piedmont Community College’s Simulation and Game Development degree trains students to compete for the simulation and game industry including cutting-edge development for the most updated deliverables including Web, Mobile Apps, Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences. Courses in the degree target up to date technologies and practices that help graduates obtain careers in the fast-paced field of game design. We also offer career pathways to four year universities in interactive media.
While navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, our faculty and staff are committed to offering quality instruction and resources to students in both our New Media programs. Our programs are uniquly positioned to offer skillsets that will benefit graduates who seek remote contract services that require graphics media development.
WPCC’s SGD Facilities
Students in our Simulation and Game Development program have access to state-of-the-art lab facilities in which to practice their skills. Students have access to a wide assortment of development tools including a variety of VR stations, 3D scanning equipment and high-performance cross-platform computer stations to cutting edge content for their portfolios.
Professional Software Skills Sets Subscription Services
Both our Digital Effects and Animation Technology and Simulation and Game Development programs offer each student professional subscription services that supplement skills sets taught in our curriculum.
The subscription services include the following:
So where can I work?
If you graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate in Simulation and Game Development at WPCC, you will be prepared for jobs such as:
- 3D Content Creation
- Interactive Visualization
- Mobile Device Augmented Reality Development
- Virtual Reality Development (Oculus Quest, Valve Index, HTC Vive)
- Game Engine Scripting
Career pathways may include a variety of industries including mobile app development , web-console game development and product visualization for corporate, and educational organizations. Freelance opportunities are also available for graduates. Statistics from ONET Online suggest that the salary (median to high) range for multimedia artists and animators in North Carolina is from $59,180 to $91,050 per year. In addition, the WPCC Digital Effects & Animation Technology program provides opportunities for transfer to area four-year colleges and universities to complete bachelor’s degrees in related fields of study.
What You Will Study
The Digital Effects & Animation Technology program at WPCC offers you three options:
Fall Curriculum Classes for New Entering Students
- SGD 111-Introduction to Simulation and Game Development
- SGD 114-3D Modeling 1
- ART 171-Computer Art 1
- ART 131-Drawing 1
Registration for Fall Semester 2020 will take place July 13th through July 30th. If you need assitance with advisement or registration, please contact Jonathan Crumpler by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 828 448 3544.
If you are new to WPCC, please visit our Fall Semester page for details on enrolling. Returning students can consult the Semester Guide for information. Full details on the courses (meeting days/times, instructor, etc.) is available on our Class Schedules page.