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Digital Game and Simulation

Associate of Applied Science

Prepare for a career in digital games and simulations.

Program/Major/Concentration Codes: AASDAG/DAG/**** (see concentration codes below)

What can I do with this degree?

Career options:  Become a game play tester; game designer or programmer; or an artist, character builder, or modeler working with digital games and simulations.

Academic options:  While this degree was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs.  See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements 2017-2018

Department faculty or advisor approval is recommended when selecting a concentration.

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Communication Requirement 6
Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement ** 3
Humanities and Social Science Requirement *** 6
Subtotal 15


Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
GAM 101 Game Design I 4
GAM 102 Game Design II 4
GAM 120 Introduction to Game Programming 4
GAM 201 Game Design III 4
GAM 218 Game Design Portfolio Capstone 4
Subtotal 20

Core Concentrations

Complete courses from one concentration. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
Digital Programming Concentration (Concentration Code: DAGP)
CIS 129 Programming and Problem Solving I 5
CIS 131 Programming and Problem Solving II 5
CIS 142 Introduction to C# 4
CIS 278 C++ and Object-Oriented Programming 4
CIS 279 Java Programming 5
GAM 150 Game Programming I 4
GAM 296 Independent Study in Game Design 1-4
MAT 188 Precalculus I 4
Subtotal 32-35
Digital Animation and Production Concentration (Concentration Code: DAGA)
ART 213 Life Drawing 3
DAR 120 Applied Computer Graphics 4
DAR 122 Desktop Graphics: Adobe Illustrator 4
DAR 221 Photo Image Editing: Adobe PhotoShop 4
DAR 250 Computer 2D Animation: Adobe After Effects 4
DAR 251 Computer 3D Animation: Maya 4
DAR 252 Interactive Design I 4
DAR 258 Advanced Computer 3D Animation: Maya 4
MAT 145 Mathematics for Game Design 4
Subtotal 35
Total 67-70

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Analysis & Critical Thinking - MAT 145 or 188 fulfills 3 of 6 credits;  Computer and Information Literacy Requirement - core and support courses fulfill this requirement.

** Physics course is recommended.

*** ART 100 or 110 is recommended.