• What does the Simulation and Game Art Degree Cover?

Moreno Valley College’s Simulation and Game Art degree teaches students the essentials of the game development process. Students are prepared for game conception, including how to make a game design document and the interview and pitch process. Students also learn 2D and 3D design, animation, dynamic effects, and essential teamwork skills.


• Why not get a game development degree at schools like Full Sail, USC or the Art Institute?

Though schools like Full Sail, USC and the Art Institute are great alternatives, MVC has one of the few fully accredited game development programs in Southern California. There is no need to travel out of state or pay outrageous student loans; MVC offers an affordable education for those looking for a career in the video game industry.


• What computer programs will I learn to use in the Simulation and Game Art program?

Students in Moreno Valley College’s Simulation and Game Art program can expect to develop a working knowledge of Autodesk’s powerful 3D application, Maya and Adobe Photoshop. Electives also offer courses in Autodesk Mudbox, Adobe Flash and Illustrator, and more. Full course lists and descriptions can be found in the MVC Catalog.


• Will I have to purchase any of these programs to complete my degree?

Moreno Valley College’s classrooms and labs are equipped with state-of-the-art computers and loaded with all of the software necessary to complete your coursework. Students are not required to purchase any of the applications used in the classroom.


• What careers will the game development program prepare me for?

The program offers a broad overview of the video game industry, with an emphasis on 3D art. Students can expect to develop a solid foundation for career entry as a 3D modeler, Lighting and Effects Artist, Animator or Producer. Programs like Photoshop and Maya are widely used across the entertainment industry and students can use the skills they develop as a basis for many related careers.


• Will I be able to get a job right out of school?

That depends on you. The video game industry is highly competitive, and breaking into it can be difficult without effort. Students are encouraged to further develop their skills and portfolio outside of the classroom to set them apart from their peers. College graduates and new hires typically get entry-level positions as game testers or interns. Most middle-tier positions seek those with at least 2 to 3 years experience. Students should look into internships at companies like Blizzard, Microsoft and EA who offer opportunities for college students seeking careers in game development.


• Can anyone become a video game developer?

Not just anyone can be a game designer. Game developers have a deep love and appreciation for video games, but they don’t just spend their day playing games. Game developers create games–from a game’s conception to the moment it ships and beyond, they are the men and women behind the creative process. Video game creation can be a very rewarding field, but it requires dedication and creativity. Developers are expected to innovate and push boundaries in a highly competitive, constantly evolving industry.


• Why do I have to take traditional art courses for a degree focused on digital work?

The Simulation and Game Art degree focuses on both the technical and creative aspect of game development, the latter of which being very much artistic process. Though some students might not feel confident in their fine art skills, knowledge of light, shadow, composition, observation and the human form is required in order to better create and manipulate objects in three-dimensional space.


• Is video game development a good career choice?

Of course! Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, and the profits continue to grow yearly. Game developers can work for industry giants like EA or Activision, independent studios, freelance or build your own development company. The choice is yours.


• What careers are possible in the video game industry?

Ranging from programming to digital painting, careers in the video game industry are highly varied. The most well-known careers include 3D Artist, Animators, Programmers and Software Engineers, Concept Artists, User Interface Artists, Writers, and Producers.


• What is the salary game developers can expect to make?

Salaries vary depending on your field, experience and employer, but you can expect to earn a competitive salary and benefits.