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Contact: Steve BurgoonTitle: Department ChairContact: sburgoon@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Junior Game Designer Foundation

Arts Division
Certificate N0622

This multi-level certificate program offers skills needed to compete for a junior level creative career in the computer game industry or to transfer to other institutes for a more advanced study in the field. Students learn the core skills of designing games, planning, prototyping, creating art assets, scripting, integrating it all using standard game engines, testing, and other game development methodologies while also learning to work in close creative collaboration with fellow team members.

Required Courses

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
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    • Software Developers

      Software Developers

      SOC Career Code: 15-1252.00

      Research, design, and develop computer and network software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions, applying principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis. Update software or enhance existing software capabilities. May work with computer hardware engineers to integrate hardware and software systems, and develop specifications and performance requirements. May maintain databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $98.86

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $134,643.82
      Annual Job Openings
      25,438

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Video Game Designers

      Video Game Designers

      SOC Career Code: 15-1255.01

      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.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $72.94

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $77,901.04
      Annual Job Openings
      2,964

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Art Directors

      Art Directors

      SOC Career Code: 27-1011.00

      Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $94.21

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $78,678.85
      Annual Job Openings
      1,975

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Special Effects Artists and Animators

      Special Effects Artists and Animators

      SOC Career Code: 27-1014.00

      Create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $75.64

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $77,764.23
      Annual Job Openings
      2,248

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Graphic Designers

      Graphic Designers

      SOC Career Code: 27-1024.00

      Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $60.18

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $57,214.76
      Annual Job Openings
      4,468

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages

Certificate & Degree Details

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  • Junior Game Designer - Introduction

    Arts Division
    Certificate E0439

    This multi-level certificate program offers skills needed to compete for a junior level creative career in the computer game industry or to transfer to other institutes for a more advanced study in the field. Students learn the core skills of designing games, planning, prototyping, creating art assets, scripting, integrating it all using standard game engines, testing, and other game development methodologies, while also learning to work in close creative collaboration with fellow team members. 

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
    ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
    ANIM 115Storyboarding3
    ANIM 130Introduction to 3D Modeling3
    ANIM 131Introduction to Game Design3
    Total Units15
     

    Animation & Gaming Website 

  • Junior Game Designer - Introduction

    Arts Division
    Certificate E0439

    This multi-level certificate program offers skills needed to compete for a junior level creative career in the computer game industry or to transfer to other institutes for a more advanced study in the field. Students learn the core skills of designing games, planning, prototyping, creating art assets, scripting, integrating it all using standard game engines, testing, and other game development methodologies, while also learning to work in close creative collaboration with fellow team members. 

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    ANIM 100Digital Paint and Ink3
    ANIM 108Principles of Animation3
    ANIM 115Storyboarding3
    ANIM 130Introduction to 3D Modeling3
    ANIM 131Introduction to Game Design3
    Total Units15
     

    Animation & Gaming Website 

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Contact: Steve BurgoonTitle: Department ChairContact: sburgoon@mtsac.edu

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