Advanced Diploma in Game Programming (Optional Co-op) (Online)


Program Description

Program Details

  • Program Code: 3609
  • School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
  • Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Program Type: Post-secondary program
  • Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters
  • Start Date: Fall, Winter
  • Location: Online

Program Overview

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With training from Centennial College's Game – Programming you'll graduate with an advanced diploma and the know-how to launch a career in the game software industry.

Whether you love the classics or today's technologically advanced games, in this interactive gaming program's courses you'll participate in various phases of game development, such as:

  •  Game design
  •  Three-dimensional graphics programming
  •  Simulation design
  •  Multiplayer online game programming

This advanced diploma technology program will also focus on topics such as object-oriented software design methodologies and user-oriented interface design, software testing and QA, C#, Java, advanced graphics, web game programming, HTML5/JavaScript, Unity3D, and mobile application development.

To underscore the curriculum's applied focus, two software development projects will be included. These "real world" games/simulations/applications will require you to utilize all the technical and business skills acquired during your studies to build high-quality software.

Who knew those years of video games would count as resumé experience?

Please note: Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software may gain direct admission into Semester 3 of this three-year program and receive their advanced diploma in four semesters (program #3129) or four semesters and two work terms (optional co-op version, program #3139).

Program Highlights

  • Game – Programming courses are delivered using leading-edge technology geared to industry standards.
  • The offering employs project-based learning.
  • Knowledgeable and approachable faculty members from the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science have diverse business experience and academic credentials.
  • The program is also presented in a co-op version (program #3119). Students who choose this option gain practical experience in the field and network before graduation.
  • Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either the Canadian Information Processing Society or their provincial engineering technology association.

Program Outline

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
  • COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2
  • COMP-100 Programming I
  • COMP-213 Web Interface Design
  • COMP-391 Introduction to Game and Simulation
  • GNED General Education Elective
  • MATH-175 Functions and Number Systems
  • COMP-122 Introduction to Database Concepts
  • COMP-123 Programming 2
  • COMP-125 Client-Side Web Development
  • COMP-225 Software Engineering Methodologies 1
  • COMP-253 Assets for Game Developers
  • COMP-301 Unix/Linux Operating Systems
  • COMP-228 Java Programming
  • COMP-229 Web Application Development
  • COMP-246 Object-Oriented Software Engineering
  • COMP-305 Game Programming 1
  • GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action
  • MATH-185 Discrete Mathematics
Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
  • COMP-212 Programming 3
  • COMP-254 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • COMP-397 Web Game Programming
  • ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications
  • MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics
  • CNET-124 Fundamentals of Computer Networks
  • CNET-307 IT Project Management
  • COMP-231 Software Development Project I
  • COMP-304 Mobile Applications Development
  • COMP-394 Practical Game Design
  • COMP-396 Game Programming 2
  • COMP-256 Special Topics in Interactive Gaming
  • COMP-308 Emerging Technologies
  • COMP-313 Software Development Project 2
  • COMP-392 Advanced Graphics
  • COMP-395 Simulation Design
  • EMPS-102 Employment Skills 2
  • GNED General Education Elective

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes describe what graduates of the program have demonstrated they can do with the knowledge and skills they have achieved during their studies. The outcomes are closely tied to the needs of the workplace. Through assessment (e.g., assignments and tests), students verify their ability to reliably perform these outcomes before graduating.

  • Analyze the differences in game genres in order to develop games that meet the needs of specific markets. 
  • Analyze the history of video games to compare various approaches to game development. 
  • Support the development of games by identifying and relating concepts from a range of industry roles—programming, design, and art. 
  • Contribute as an individual and a member of a game development team to the effective completion of a game development project. 
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the games industry. 
  • Perform all work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations, legislation, industry standards, and codes of ethics. 
  • Analyze game engines and make recommendations for the most appropriate game engine to support new and existing projects. 
  • Apply advanced theories and principles of mathematics and science as required for 2D and 3D games. 
  • Support real-time game environments and simulations using elements such as system architecture, graphics programming, and sound/audio to optimize performance. 
  • Optimize programming code to achieve high performance, high speed, and reduced memory utilization, for all types of games. 
  • Develop artificial intelligence strategies and tactics to support real-time game environments and simulations.  
  • Implement network solutions and co-ordinate user groups to ensure seamless network interaction among different groups in on-line game communities. 

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Career Options, Academic Pathways, and Partners

Companies Offering Jobs

SpongeLab, CIBC, Bell Canada, Hudson's Bay Company, IBM Canada, ManuLife, Royal Bank

Articulation Agreements

Successful graduates of the Game – Programming (Optional Co-op) program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify to transfer credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Career Outlook

  • Software developer
  • Game programmer
  • User interface developer
  • Mobile application developer
  • Software tester
  • Computer programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Web application developer
  • Database administrator
  • Applications or software support

Areas of Employment

  • Software companies
  • Gaming companies
  • Government
  • Public institutions
  • Banks
  • Small and medium businesses

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission (score of 170 or 171 is required for admission)
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency

Co-op Option

The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete three work terms as an employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.

To participate in programs with optional co-op, students will typically complete an application process in the second semester of their studies, and if academically qualified, may be admitted to the co-op program. Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for the co-op preparation course as scheduled. When you graduate, your diploma will highlight the co-op credential.

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program as scheduled

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Cente ... Read More

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Centennial promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education, and industry placements Read less