Video Game Development and Programming Associate's Degree

Video game development associate's degree programs teach students how to create, edit, and develop video games. Explore what you'd learn and what courses you'd take in this program and review the salary potential for several positions in the field, including game programmers and animators. Schools offering Game Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Does a Video Game Development and Programming Associate's Degree Program Involve?

Earning an associate's degree in the video game development and programming field can give you the skills necessary to pursue an entry-level position in video game development, design or programming or to pursue further education at the bachelor's degree level. An associate's degree program can help you understand the basics of video game programming and development, while teaching you different aspects of game design and simulation. Many associate's degree programs also incorporate software applications and studies into their curricula.

Skills Gained Game programming, development and design
Common Courses Programming languages, photo editing, animation, game development, 3-D design
Median Annual Salaries (2014)* $95,510 (software developers)
$63,630 (animators and multimedia artists)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Might I Study?

An associate's degree program in this field typically incorporates general education courses, such as English and math, with courses specific to video game development and programming. You'll likely begin by learning programming languages like Java, C++ and Visual Basic. You'll also learn about other programming and development tools, such as scripting, online support and game play.

Some programs will teach you the fundamentals of 3-D video game art development. You also might gain critical skills in business and technology that could help you advance in your career. Potential courses at the associate's level include:

  • Photo editing and manipulation
  • Game modeling and animation
  • Game texture mapping
  • Applied game design
  • Game development
  • Advanced 3-D design
  • Interface development

How Much Could I Earn?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for software developers in 2014 was $95,510, while the median annual salary for animators and multimedia artists in the same year was $63,630. Software developers create various computer programs, including those which are used in video games, while animators and artists are responsible for developing designs and visual effects for use in said video games.

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