Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.
In addition to listed prerequisites, students must earn grades of "C" or higher in each major field course and AGGP prerequisite to progress in the program.
AGGP 101C Introduction to Game Design and Creation with Programming 2-3-3
Introduces the student to game design with a focus on core programming concepts and common game mechanics. No prior knowledge of game development is assumed. Several hands-on game programming assignments demonstrate real world implementations of abstract concepts. A research paper on the game industry and development topics is assigned. Each student is required to create a small game project during the last several weeks of the course. (Co/Prerequisite: CPET 107C, or with permission of Program Coordinator for AGGP.)
AGGP 103C Introduction to Content Development 2-2-3
This course is designed for students entering the AGGP program to gain practical experience in developing content using applications, techniques, and standards used by the game industry. This course includes an introductory overview of image editing and manipulation, sprites, tiles, and tile based worlds. Course material is reinforced with hands on assignments and the creation of a portfolio. (Prerequisite: Working knowledge of current desktop operating systems.) Students who do not intend to enter the AGGP Program should instead consider enrolling in VRTS 193C: Introduction to Photoshop.
AGGP 131C Introduction to 2-D and 3-D Game Development 2-3-3
This course focuses on the fundamental aspects of programming, development, and design for games using 2-D gameplay. Other topics explored include an introduction to 3-D programming, single-system multiplayer programming, multi-platform programming, and support for data originating from level editors. The coursework is structured with several hands on projects, classroom presentations, a team project, and a final public presentation. (Prerequisites: AGGP 101C, AGGP 103C, and CPET 107C, or with permission of Program Coordinator for AGGP.)
AGGP 140C Digital Art Modeling and Animation 2-3-3
This course is an introduction to modeling and animation for game programmers to provide a common understanding to work with artists and designers in an effective manner. Topics include modeling, material creation, basic lighting, and an introduction to skeletal animation. Models will be created and then used to understand animation and asset pipelines using current industry tools and engines. Course topics are applied through practical hands on assignments. (Prerequisite: AGGP 103C or permission of Program Coordinator for AGGP.)
AGGP 225C 3-D Game Engine Application Development 2-3-3
Students in this course will use a commercially available game engine or framework. The majority of the work in the class will be hands-on using these technologies. A common practice within the industry is team development of applications using licensed game engine technology. Students will understand how to use the engine's interwoven mesh of different systems, which include user input, networking and rendering. Game modification, also known as "Modding", and source control will be covered. (Prerequisites: AGGP 101C and AGGP 140C or with permission of Program Coordinator for AGGP; corequisite: CPET 125C.)
AGGP 231C Application Development and Software Prototyping 2-3-3
Current application development can target multiple platforms across a range of devices such as phones, tablets, smart devices, consoles, and personal computers. Students will study current technologies for cross platform development and deployment. Several intense hands-on software prototype projects will be required where students will design a concept, build a proof of concept, and conduct a postmortem review. (Prerequisites: AGGP 131C, AGGP 140C, and CPET 125C, or with permission of Program Coordinator for AGGP.)
AGGP 247C Math and Physics for Game Programmers 2-3-3
Converting scientific principles and equations into code is a critical game programming skill. Programmed applications which use math and physics concepts will form the foundation for this hands-on course. Increasing one’s critical thinking abilities and learning how to make the conceptual become ‘real’ are two of the course’s main goals. Topics covered will include 3D perspective; collision reactions; equations of motion; implementation of friction and gravity; and 2D and 3D transformations using vectors and matrices. (Prerequisites: AGGP 101C, CPET 125C, and both AGGP Math Electives; or with permission of Program Coordinator for AGGP.)
AGGP 291C Project Definition and Portfolio Specifications 1-3-2
Leaving NHTI with a polished, professional portfolio is one of the most important program benefits for an AGGP graduate. With these portfolios our students find themselves in better positions to compete in the hiring process, to transfer to other schools, and to receive scholarships for further education. In AGGP 291C, students begin the construction of a professional industry portfolio. Assignments given to support an effective portfolio include collecting and polishing potential portfolio pieces, crafting resumes and cover letters, and learning job search networking techniques. An exemplary individual project intended to be included in a portfolio is required in addition to other assignments. A study of game theory and game projects will be used to define a team capstone project to be undertaken in AG294. (Prerequisites: Completion of all AGGP major courses in the first year of the curriculum; corequisites: additionally, the student must be enrolled or have already taken all AGGP major courses for the fall semester of the second year curriculum; or with permission of Program Coordinator for AGGP.) Students enrolling in AGGP 291C come with the expectation that they will directly enroll in AGGP 294C in the next semester. Students who do not take AGGP 294C in the next semester after taking AGGP 291C must re-take AGGP 291C before enrolling in AGGP 294C. Students who have passed AGGP 291C but who are required to re-take the course should be aware that the cost of the course may not be covered by financial aid and should consult with the Financial Aid Office prior to registration.
AGGP 292C Portfolio Development 2-3-3
This course is a culminating demonstration of the student’s experience in the AGGP program. Students will complete the work started in AGGP 291C to build a professional portfolio demonstrating the breath and width of one’s technical skills, programing languages and technologies learned. An effective industry portfolio is an on-line website that is structured to showcase ability, aspirations, and background that makes the student standout. A portfolio is critical to being competitive in order to obtain a job in the game industry. It may also be instrumental to transfer to another school for continued education. An additional exemplary individual project intended to be included in one's portfolio is required. (Prerequisites: AGGP 291C Project Definition; completion of all major AGGP courses in the first year of the curriculum and all major AGGP courses in the second year fall semester and Corequisites: additionally the student must be enrolled in all the AGGP courses for the spring semester of the second year curriculum or have completed these courses; or with permission of Program Coordinator for AGGP)
AGGP 294C Animation and Graphic Game Programming Capstone Project 2-5-4
Students will be working on campus in team projects or off-campus on internships. Students will be creating projects based on the specifications developed in AGGP 291C. The lab portion of this class is devoted for student project development. All work, either on-campus or off-campus, will be supervised by an NHTI instructor and students are expected to work at an industry performance level. Final team presentations of the work accomplished are part of this course. (Prerequisites: AGGP 291C Project Definition completed during the previous semester. Summary of all prerequisites: completion of all major AGGP courses in the first year of the curriculum and all major AGGP courses in the second year fall semester; corequisites: additionally, the student must be enrolled in all the AGGP courses for the spring semester of the second year curriculum or have completed these courses; or with permission of Program Coordinator for AGGP.)