Attend a Game Design Course and Open the Door to Various Careers

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Are you looking for a reliable game design program that will allow you to become a software developer, game programmer, software tester, computer programmer, system analyst, business analyst, web application developer, database administrator or applications or software support? Do you want the program you end up taking to be respected in the industry? If so, you should consider applying to the game design program at Centennial College known as Software Engineering Technology - Interactive Gaming (Co-op).

This program is designed to train students in just three years to work on various phases of the game programming life cycle, including: game design, game engine design, three-dimensional graphics programming, multiplayer online game programming and more. Additionally, the program is backed by two respected organizations, ensuring that students are gaining knowledge that is valuable and relevant to the field. First, the game design program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board. Secondly, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists recognizes the Software Engineering Technology - Interactive Gaming program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.

All game design courses in this offering emphasize a balance between theory and practical application. As such, courses are delivered using leading-edge technology geared to industry standards and are taught by knowledgeable and approachable faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials. The main focus of the game design program is object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, Microsoft's .NET, DirectX, XNA, Software Testing and QA, C#, Java, J2EE, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Unix/ Linux, HTML/ XML, Rational/ WebSphere, and more.

Much of the training offers a practical component. First, the program includes two software development projects. These real-world business applications require students to utilize all the technical and business skills acquired during their studies to build higher quality software. Second, game design program students are required to apply what they have learned during a co-op component that also provides valuable contacts for future careers. In order to be eligible for co-op, students will have to complete a minimum of 80 per cent of Year 1 courses, a minimum C grade in COMM-170/171 and a 2.5 GPA or greater for COOP-221. This program's co-op option is a paid placement.

Those interested in attending the game design program are required to hold at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent are also required. Students are placed in the appropriate English level based on a skills assessment. In addition, qualified college or university graduates with a background in software can gain direct entry into semester three of this three-year program and receive their Software Engineering Technology - Interactive Gaming Co-op Advanced diploma in four semesters plus two work terms.

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Jason wrote this piece about the structure of Centennial College's game design course, which include theory, practical and real-world experiences.

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