The Game Development Programming Certificate Students will learn programming, design skills, and multiple programming languages using industry proven game development technologies. Students will be required to create several game projects including a team project.

This certificate consists of six courses from the Animation and Graphic Game Programming (AGGP) Degree. Courses in this certificate program are offered days and evenings and can be completed in nine months. This program is financial aid eligible. 

While is it recommended that students consider having a computer of their own, it is possible to complete this certificate’s instruction and hands-on training in NHTI’s computer labs.

Who is the Certificate for?

The Game Development Programming Certificate is intended for the following students:

  • Professionals looking to get a jump start into game programming
  • Individuals accepted in an apprenticeship program

All other students should consider the Animation and Graphic Game Programming (AGGP) Degree instead.

What’s Next After Finishing this Certificate?

Students who complete the Game Development Programming Certificate will be able to:

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Game Development Programming Certificate

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
AGGP 101CIntroduction to Game Design and Creation with Programming233
AGGP 103CIntroduction to Content Development223
AGGP 131CIntroduction to 2-D and 3-D Game Development233
AGGP 140CDigital Art Modeling and Animation233
CPET 107CIntroduction to Programming with C++233
CPET 125CData Structures233

CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

In order to fulfill the certificate requirements and to meet the prerequisite requirement of subsequent major field course, students are required to earn a grade of “C-” or higher in each of the courses listed above.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete this certificate will be able to:

  • Know the syntax and usage of programing languages used in the game industry;
  • Apply Object Oriented Programing design and techniques in software projects;
  • Prototype content and game systems;
  • Import custom content using content pipelines from one or more major game engines;
  • Design and create games in a variety of genres using the programing and/or scripting systems from one or more major game engines;
  • Identify and research topics about the game industry and game programming;
  • Identify game mechanics and systems found within games genres and specific games;
  • Be proficient in the use of one or more major source control systems;
  • Understand and apply basic project management planning and techniques.

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