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Computer Game Design Magnet
(Information Technology)                

The Computer Game Design Magnet lets your inner gamer come alive as it prepares you for the dynamic world of video game design and animation!  Computer gaming and simulations are rapidly expanding fields and Middleton Magnet High School is committed to pursuing the most current and relevant certifications that the industry provides.  Game Design Magnet students design and produce the next generation of computer games. Students are lead through a variety of programming languages, 3D modeling platforms and 3D gaming platforms. Games are recognized as one of the most powerful communication environments, and with the operational introduction to the tools and technologies of game design, students are prepared to help create the future in many growing industries.9252016_45329_1.jpg
Students learn to design graphics and develop professional publications using digital publishing software that includes CS 6 Photoshop and CS 6 Fireworks. Upper level students are introduced to Autodesk Animation® software which includes Blender, a free and open source software that allows commercial use.  Students use current industry standard software such as 3D Studio Max and Unity.  

In addition to design classes, students will take AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science, which will provide them with programming knowledge that will help prepare them for Computer Game Design college degree programs and related careers.

“In AP Computer Science Principles, students will develop computational thinking vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends.”  (www.collegeboard.com)

“AP Computer Science emphasizes object-oriented programming methodology with an emphasis on problem solving and algorithm development and is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester course in computer science. It also includes the study of data structures and abstraction.”  (www.collegeboard.com)

All courses at Middleton Magnet High School are taught on a two-day rotation cycle.  Students attend four 95-minute periods each day.  This schedule enables students to complete 8 courses per year, rather than the traditional 7 courses at most HCPS high schools.  The addition of an 8th period allows students to include popular electives such as Band, Orchestra, JROTC, Building Construction, and Art, or courses in another magnet program.

Computer Game Design Students Will...
  • Create, Design, and Engineer graphic elements, sound and animations using industry relevant software
  • Learn how to create and manipulate images with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software
  • Have the opportunity to sit for the Adobe Certified Associate CS 6 Dreamweaver and CS 6 Flash, Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Unity  Industry Certification
  • Be a part of FBLA and TSA, which are co-curricular student organizations that offer competitions related to the Computer Game Design curriculum - at the regional, state and national levels
  • Industry Certification Opportunities:
  •  Microsoft Office Specialist: Word
  •  Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel
  •  Microsoft Office Specialist: Outlook
  •  Microsoft Office Specialist: PowerPoint 8152017_81138_1.jpg  Adobe Certified Associate for Photoshop
  •  Adobe Certified Associate for Illustrator
  •  Adobe Certified Associate for Flash/Animate
  •  Autodesk Certified User for 3DS Max
  •  CIW - Internet Business Associate
  •  CIW - Site Development Associate
  •  CIW - JavaScript Specialist
  •  Unity Certified Developer
Middleton Magnet Program Pathways of Study
     These are the recommended pathways for the magnet programs at Middleton High School.  Electives are chosen to meet the needs of individual students in satisfying the requirements of their course of study.  Students enrolled in the College Preparatory Course of study are required to include two credits of Foreign Language.

     Advanced Placement courses and courses such as music, require students to enroll for both terms in the school year.  Each pathway of study may be technologically advanced by completing AP Courses, or Drafting-CAD I, II, and III as electives.  

     The final courses in each of the Magnet Pathways of Study may involve a senior project, portfolio completion or workplace/laboratory experiences.  A student who is accepted to the magnet program is accepted for the entire four-year program.  If a student is retained at the end of a school year he/she will lose their seat in the program and will be removed from the Magnet Program.
Course Sequence for Computer Game Design      (Standard Magnet Track)

Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
English I Honors
English II Honors
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
Geometry Honors
Algebra II Honors
Pre-Calculus (Honors)
AP Calculus AB or BC
Biology Honors   
Chemistry Honors
Physics Honors or AP Physics 1
AP Biology or AP Physics 2
AP Human Geography
AP World History
AP US History
AP Economics Elective
Game Design
Foundations
Game Design
Composition
Game Design 3D Animation
Game Design Advanced Applications
Computer Fundamentals
AP Computer Science Principles
Game Design Programming (C#)
AP Computer Science A (Java)
Elective
HOPE
World Language
World Language
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

Game Design Course Descriptions

Video Game Design Foundations
entry level course where students use a game engine to create
9 to 12 arcade style video games in their first year.  No experience is required.  The focus is on creating games quickly. No coding language is used.
Video Game Design Composition
second year course where students create game design documents and more intense games.  Using Engine001 and Multimedia Fusion software, students will create games with detailed characters and stories.  Design begins with Role Playing Games and will end with a computer simulation to run their own game studio.
Game Design 3D Animation
uses Autodesk 3D Studio Max software to design game assets and
characters in 3D.  The course will focus on the creation of digital 3D assets and rigging them for correct animation inside a video game.
Game Design Programming
features computer coding using C#.  Students will use Microsoft Visual Studio to code computer interactions for video games.
Video Game Design Advanced Applications
is a capstone course where students work in teams to make a professional game using Unity PRO software.  Students will display their professional portfolio of work and seek out employment and  internships at local companies.
Advanced Placement Computer Science
Principles
course is a college level course focusing  on the computational thinking required in any technology field.  Coding is not the focus of this course, rather students use assembly programs to solve computer problems.
Advanced Placement Computer Science A
is a Java coding course.  Students will create Java programs and get a rich coding experience.  As with any AP course, college credit will depend on the AP Exam score and the requirements by each individual college.
Computer Fundamentals
 is a beginner course to sample IT workflow software such as
Office 365 and HTML Internet design.

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