Do you love playing video games? Are you curious about how they are made? If so, Anne Arundel Community College’s Game Development program might be a perfect fit. Game Development is a flexible field. You can work for a large AAA game company, or as an independent developer making and publishing your own games. And at AACC, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and one-on-one time with faculty, as well as state-of-the-art software, hardware and labs. You’ll develop skills and experience that can help you jump start your career right now or prepare to transfer to a game program at a four-year institution.
AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into transfer agreements that allow these degrees to transfer to select colleges. A list of active agreements may be found under Transfer Services on this website.
Learn how to make your own games and gain the skills to become your own game developer. We'll teach you about game design, how to produce 2D and 3D game art, how to work with game engines, and how to publish games for various platforms. You’ll also gain valuable experience through a gaming internship or practicum course where you will work on developing a real game. This A.A.S. is not intended as a transfer degree, but when you finish, you will be well on the way to achieving your gaming career goals.
The Visual Arts and Humanities department is proud to offer the following Associate of Arts (A.A.) in this area of study. As an additional transfer option, AACC has a unique Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.
Obtain a basic understanding of how games are made and what careers are available. In addition, you'll form a solid foundation in art and design, taking courses that are commonly taken in the first two years at a four-year institution. You’ll build a foundational portfolio that you can display during our annual Student Art Portfolio, where more than 20 local, regional and national schools come to meet and review the portfolios of our Visual Arts and Digital Design students. When you finish, you’ll be well prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university. In fact, our transfer students are better prepared and more apt to receive scholarship money than many of their four-year peers.
The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career.
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The following certificate prepares students for employment and feeds into the A.A.S. degree, if desired.
Gain experience designing and making your own games. This certificate is for professionals already holding a degree who wish to make a career change or add game development to their existing skills. Those interested in taking courses in just gaming development are also welcome.
You can transfer to a four-year university, create your own games or seek entry level employment at a AAA game company. Our graduates pursue a number of rewarding careers, such as junior designers, graphic designers, web designers, visual designers, media specialists, instructional designers, graphic specialists and more. They work at a variety of companies as well, such as design agencies, web companies, large corporations, government entities, nonprofits or small businesses. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.