Simulation and Animation DesignProgram Overview
Simulation and Animation Design is a pathway in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career cluster. This program is designed for students who wish to develop, design, and implement projects in the ever-expanding field of game design and development. The program emphasizes the techniques and tools used in game design and the creative design or content of such media. Both theoretical learning and activity-based learning are provided for students who wish to develop and enhance their competencies and skills. The program focuses on the basic areas of ethics, character development, audio and video production, and design using visualization software. The program finishes with a performance-based unit that requires students to develop their own gaming environment. This comprehensive project component provides practical experience toward developing a portfolio of work. Membership is encouraged in the student organization, Technology Student Association (TSA), which promotes technological literacy, leadership, and problem solving, resulting in personal growth and opportunity.Simulation and Animation Design I encompasses the foundation skills necessary in the game design industry. Content such as safety, ethical issues, video game history, career opportunities, game mechanics, and photography with emphasis placed on real-world, hands-on practice related to illustration, level design, character development, and animation is offered to students. Students will receive two Carnegie units upon completion of the course.Simulation and Animation Design II focuses on audio design, programming, and video game production. This course gives students the opportunity to produce a final video game project that incorporates the skills and knowledge learned in the Simulation and Animation Design I course, allowing the students the chance to showcase what they have learned and accomplished. Upon the completion of this course, the students will also have put the finishing touches on a video game portfolio that is cumulative of their work throughout all semesters of Simulation and Animation Design. Students will receive two Carnegie units upon completion of the course.