Jonathan Crumpler
Coordinator     (828) 448-3544


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Jonathan Pardue
Lead Instructor  (828) 448-6193

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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.


About Our Digital Media Program

Learn more about WPCC digital media programs through our video below.

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.

So where can I work?

If you graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate in Digital Effects & Animation Technology at WPCC, you will be prepared for jobs such as:

  • Motion or Broadcast Designer
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Video Animator
  • Revisualization Artist
  • Film Title Designer
  • Concept Designer
  • Special Effects Artist

Positions are available in a variety of industries, including film, broadcast, internet, advertising, 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:

Associate in Applied Science Degree

WPCC’s two-year program has 66 hours of coursework and laboratory experiences using a variety of computer tools. It offers you the most options for potential careers, including the possibility to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.

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3D Modeling & Animation Certificate

The Digital Design & Motion Graphics Certificate provides a year-long introduction to software tools, design concepts, and workflows  that use moving images and provides additional studies for related majors.

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Game Design & Programming Certificate

WPCC’s Film & Video Production Certificate is a one-year introductory program that focuses on the study of software and techniques for the development of film & video projects, providing additional study opportunities for related majors.

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