Computer Game Design Magnet
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.
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...
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)
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