Game Design - Certificate of Completion

The Game Design Certificate at NMSU Grants provides students interested in the Video Game Industry a wide foundational skillset in industry standard software so that they may begin the path to a more specific career in the industry. Our courses include training in software such as Unreal Engine 5, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Blender, and the Adobe suite of software. Our campus boasts the capability for students to gain experience working with studio level workstations and equipment such as Wacom Cintiq Drawing Tablets, Oculus and HTC Vive Virtual Reality kits, and Alienware workstations with modern ray tracing capabilities. Students who complete this certificate will have skillsets in 3D Modeling, Conceptual Game Design, 3D/CG Visual Effects (VFX), Digital Media Design, Programming along with 2 Game Prototypes for their portfolio.

30 credits

Prefix Title Credits
FDMA 1515Introduction to Digital Image Editing - Photoshop3
FDMA 1531Evolution of Electronic Games3
FDMA 1535Introduction to Illustrator3
FDMA 17203-D Character Design3
FDMA 2530Introduction to 3D Modeling3
FDMA 2715Special Effects3
FDMA 2770Critical Game Studies3
FDMA 2775Game Tools and Techniques3
FDMA 2785Level Design Concepts3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Any course with a FDMA prefix that is not listed above
Total Credits30

A Suggested Plan of Study

This roadmap is only a suggested plan of study in order to complete a Certificate in two semesters. It is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.  Students are advised to earn a C or better in courses to avoid repeating courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FDMA 1535 Introduction to Illustrator 3
FDMA 1531 Evolution of Electronic Games 3
FDMA 2530 Introduction to 3D Modeling 3
FDMA 2770 Critical Game Studies 3
FDMA Elective 3
FDMA 1515 Introduction to Digital Image Editing - Photoshop 3
FDMA 1720 3-D Character Design 3
FDMA 2775 Game Tools and Techniques 3
FDMA 2715 Special Effects 3
FDMA 2785 Level Design Concepts 3
 Total Credits30
Program Manager: Michael Webb
Phone: (505) 287-6631
Office:  McClure Hall, Room 304