Interactive Media - Game and Simulation Design

Enter the exciting world of game and simulation design with an Interactive Media associate's degree from Montco. In our program, you'll build the skills needed to become an entry-level game designer, quality assurance tester, or level designer for the electronic game and simulation industry.

After graduation our students frequently transfer to four-year institutions offering interactive media studies. These include such universities as Temple, Drexel, Pennsylvania College of Technology, DeVry and Walden, among others.

Program outcomes
  • Develop electronic games and simulations using industry standard software tools and game design principles;
  • Produce working prototypes of electronic games and simulations.

Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Elective  Quantitative Reasoning 3 - 4
Elective  Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3
Elective  Oral & Written Communication 3
Elective  Aesthetic Sensibility 3
Elective*  Scientific Reasoning 3 - 4

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 111 Computer Science I: Programming and Concepts 3
CIS 111B Computer Science II: Object Oriented Programming 3
CIS 114 Web Design and Development 3
CIS 119 User Interface/Experience Design 3
CIS 140 Client Side Web Development 3
CIS 141 Introduction to Linux 3
CIS 176 Game Design Practice and Theory 3
CIS 177 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3
CIS 210 Applied Software Development 3
CIS 214 Advanced 3D Modeling 3
CIS 216 Interactive Media Capstone 3
CIS 245 Database Management Systems/SQL 3
CIS 276 Game and Simulation Programming Foundations 3
CIS/ART Elective Any 3-credit CIS course (except CIS 110 or CIS 155)
or ART 148 or ART 135
3

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 3
Elective Quantitative Reasoning 3-4
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3
CIS 114 Web Design and Development 3
CIS 111 Computer Science I: Programming and Concepts 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 111B Computer Science II: Object Oriented Programming 3
CIS 141 Introduction to Linux 3
Elective Oral & Written Communication 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3
CIS 119 User Interface/Experience Design 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 176 Game Design Practice and Theory 3
CIS 245 Database Management Systems/SQL 3
CIS 140 Client Side Web Development 3
CIS 210 Applied Software Development 3
CIS 177 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
Elective*  Scientific Reasoning 3-4
CIS 276 Game and Simulation Programming Foundations 3
CIS 214 Advanced 3D Modeling 3
CIS/ART Elective Any CIS 3-credit course (Except CIS 110 and CIS 155) or ART 148 or ART 135 3
CIS 216 Interactive Media Capstone 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 3
CIS 111 Computer Science I: Programming and Concepts 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 111B Computer Science II: Object Oriented Programming 3
CIS 114 Web Design and Development 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Quantitative Reasoning 3
Elective Oral & Written Communication 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 141 Introduction to Linux 3
CIS 140 Client Side Web Development 3
CIS 176 Game Design Practice and Theory 3

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 119 User Interface/Experience Design 3
CIS 245 Database Management Systems/SQL 3
CIS 177 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3
CIS/ART Elective Any CIS 3-credit course (Except CIS 110 and CIS 155) or ART 148 or ART 135 3

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 210 Applied Software Development 3
CIS 276 Game and Simulation Programming Foundations 3

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
CIS 214 Advanced 3D Modeling 3
CIS 216 Interactive Media Capstone 3

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
Elective* Scientific Reasoning 3-4
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3

*PHY-121 General Physics I recommended for Mobile Applications and Game and Simulation Design Concentration students.