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Game, Simulation & Animation Design

Quick Facts

  • Program: Information Technology
  • Pathway: STEM
  • Campus: South

Game and simulation programmers use 2D and 3D animation techniques to design and develop video games as well as simulations.

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Our Program

Why choose Game, Simulation & Animation Design?

  • Exercise your creative & your technical skills every day
  • Be able to choose to work independently or as part of an organization
  • Learn to use industry-standard software, such as Adobe, Autodesk, Epic & Unity
  • Use state-of-the-art hardware in our labs as you learn to create:
    • 2D & 3D games
    • Simulation & animation assets
    • Projects
    • Demo reels
  • Create a job interview-ready portfolio of your best work

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Design complex graphics & animations
  • Create 2D & 3D  images of objects or characters in motion
  • Develop video game features, such as story lines, characters & game mechanics
  • Collaborate with others on the development team to identify game or simulation details & specifications.

Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

  • During our program, you must be prepared to work on projects outside of class time.
  • You can apply the software skills you will learn in settings other than video game design, such as movie or television production.
  • 3 skills or work style traits that will help you succeed in this field:
    • Attention to detail
    • Cooperation
    • Creativity

Need a boost to get ready for college?

Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.

Degrees & Certificates



Level 1

Level 2

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2022–2023 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Information Technology-Game, Simulation and Animation Design 60 $3,840
CRT1 Animation for Game and Simulation 21 $1,344
CRT1 Game and Simulation Programming I 20 $1,280
CRT2 Game and Simulation Programming II 39 $2,496


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


South Campus

Michael A. Jackson
Assistant Professor & Department Chair

Call 817-515-4578


South Campus

Stephen Oeffner

Call 817-515-4578


South Campus

Vivian Smith
Career Advisor

Call 817-515-4360


Updated January 20, 2023