Simulation & Game Design

  • Overview

    Tell your parents they may have been wrong after all. It turns out that sitting in front of that game console all those years prompted your interest in one of today’s most dynamic careers.

    The Simulation and Game Design program at William Peace University provides a broad background in the industry, whether you’re interested in the entertainment side of it or the burgeoning field of serious gaming. Through the program, you will learn to master design, 3D modeling and programming used in developing video games or simulation training in military, healthcare, academic and industrial applications.

    Growth in the industry has increased demand for artists and designers who can combine an artistic background with technical know-how and an understanding of the complex interconnectedness of the world we inhabit. The curriculum emphasizes aesthetics, technical skills, audience analysis and development,including a lab that reflects the industry’s latest and greatest technologies. Internship and career opportunities are numerous; there are currently more than 30 simulation and game organizations in the Triangle area alone.

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  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Simulation and Game Design

    Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours
    Simulation and Game Design Core Courses 48 credit hours
    General Electives 23 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.A. in Simulation and Game Design 120 credit hours

     

    Simulation and Game Design Core Courses
     48 credit hours
    ART 110: Drawing 3
    ART 160: Art Appreciation 3
    COM 220: Design and Type I 3
    COM 270: Digital Media Convergence 3
    COM 329: Imaging 3
    COM 420: Motion for the Screen 3
    ENG 313: Writing About Storytelling in Simulation 3
    MAT 202: Finite Math 3
    SGD 111: Intro to Simulation and Game Design 3
    SGD 151: Programming C++ 3
    SGD 211: Simulation and Game Technology I 3
    SGD 222: Simulation and Game Design 3
    SGD 311: Simulation and Game Technology II 3
    SGD 322: 3D Modeling and Animation 3
    SGD 411: Collaborative Simulation and Game Design 3
    SGD 422: Senior Project 3

     

    General Electives
    23 credit hours
    Must complete 23 elective credit hours 23
  • Faculty
    Justin Johnson, WPU Professor
    Assistant Professor of Communications and Simulation and Game Design
    Roger Christman, WPU Professor.
    Department Chair of Art, Communication, and SGD; Associate Professor of Art, Communication, and SGD
  • Careers

    Simulation and Game Design majors focus on learning the creative and analytical elements of conceptualizing, designing, building and producing for this fast growing Industry. There are currently more than 30 simulation and game companies in the Triangle area alone.

    Potential internship and employment sites include:
    • EPIC Games
    • IBM
    • ICARUS Studios
    • Lenovo
    • Red Storm Entertainment
    • Virtual Heroes
    • Wake Med Hospital

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