Game Design (AA)

Game Design (AA)

The Associate of Arts degree provides Game Development students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of game construction and game engine technology. Once earned, the Associate’s degree can also be used as a stepping stone to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as it provides a foundation for advanced game development coursework.


Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

GAM 105 Introduction to Maya Core/3
GAM 107 Game Engines Core/3
GAM 110 Introduction to Game Development Core/3
GAM 111 2D Tools for Game Development Core/3
GAM 115 Elements of Scripting Core/3
GAM 150 Game Design, Theory and Analysis Core/3
GAM 170 Level Design for Video Games 1 Core/3
GAM 201 3D Modeling for Games 1 Core/3
GAM 215 Scripting for 3D Games 1 Core/3
GAM 235 2D Level Design and Mechanics Core/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 33
Major 6
Liberal Arts 21
Total 60

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    2 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Employment Communications & Practices course
    1 Quantitative & Programming Fundamentals course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication

  • Integrate environments, characters, or props for a cohesive game experience
  • Visually demonstrate skills that meet project parameters


  • Demonstrate familiarity with technology related to contemporary game production

Presentation Skills

  • Clearly present ideas using industry standard terminology

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Visually communicate research and ideas throughout the design process

Professional Readiness

  • Final Review deliverables demonstrate foundational skills for the game development industry

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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