Video Game Design - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Video Game Design

Video Game Design | AAS

Associate of Applied Science
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes

Video Game Design is a program of study in game design, interactive software development, and programming. You will develop skills and technical knowledge that apply to traditional artistry, 3D modeling, animation, fundamentals of game engine development, and artificial intelligence for games. You develop an understanding of the full game development life cycle through the art and design process and are able to design, develop, test and deploy interactive software. With an understanding  of the full cycle of creating game software, you can assume responsibility for a specific job within this cycle.

Graduates of Video Game Design can pursue a career as a 3D modeler, animator, game support specialist, game scripter, and game world buildery.

Courses help you develop an understanding of:

  • video game development
  • 3D graphics and animation
  • creative process
  • team collaboration
  • level, art, and graphic design
  • careers in the video game industry.

Meet Your Advisor

Jennifer Conley
Jennifer Conley
Career Navigator
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
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Career Options

Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

Required Classes for Video Game Design | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
CIS 124 3D Modeling & Topology 3
CIS 221 Scripting Basics 3
CIS 369 Video Game Portfolio Preparation 2
CIS 383 Digital Composition and Graphics Pipeline I 2
CIS 386 Game Design 3
CIS 389 Level Design I 3
CIS 384 Digital Composition and Graphics Pipeline II 2
CIS 395 Game Engines 3
CIS 404 Environmental Modeling 3
CIS 405 Video Game Portfolio Polish 1
ART 370 Traditional & New Media 2-D Design 3
ART 371 Traditional & New Media 3-D Design 3
ART 373 Digital Color, Lightening & Rendering 2
CIS 305 Video Game Art Test Preparation 3
CIS 391 Animation for Games 2
CIS 408 Advanced 3D Gaming Art 3
CIS 414 Environmental Art and World Building 3
CIS 415 Video Game Portfolio Refinement 2
COM 723 Workplace Communications 3
CIS 396 Game Development Team 3
CIS 397 Physics for Game Design 4
CIS 398 Gaming Final Submission 2
CIS 399 Video Game Portfolio 2
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Dr. Frank Heffner
Dr. Frank Heffner
Video Game Design Instructor
Sioux City Campus, TSI Bldg

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $13,199.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $13,266.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,075.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Advisory Board

Patrick Cavanaugh The Peter Kiewit Institute
Eric Diemer Wells' Blue Bunny
Brenda Garno Romero University of California, Santa Cruz Loot Drop w/John Romero
Fred Gorham Freelance Artist & HDR, Inc
Jeannie Novak Novy Unlimited/Cengage Learning
Ben Vu Sky Vu Entertainment Mobile Games