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Wanted: People Who Play Video Games

You can have an exciting and lucrative career in game programming!

Chell from the game Portal

Do you enjoy playing video games? Do you have a creative game idea that you would like to transform into a reality? Computer video games are big business in the US, with computer and video game software sales of $91.5B in 2015. 38% of US video and computer game companies are located in California, with half of those in the Bay Area. Qualified candidates are in great demand with employment growth in the industry averaging 9% annually since 2009, much faster than average.

Programming and hardware essentials are a must for a career in video games, considering games are sophisticated computer software. Cabrillo offers you a way to get started in the game programming industry and other computing fields. Our Computer Science Program gives you an advantage by providing you with a state-recognized skills certificate in game programming when you complete the following three course series:

Course Units
CS-11 or CS-12J: Introduction to Programming 4
CS-12GP: Game Programming in Java 4
CS-20J: Java Programming 4
Total: 12

Cabrillo's courses transfer to most colleges and universities, and some courses have prerequisites. For more information visit:

Learn How to Program Your Own Video Games!

CS-12GP: Game Programming in Java

In this course you learn how to program your own video games. Learn the techniques that let you create games the way you want them to work. We start with the basics of the Java programming language and progress through a number of exciting techniques that you use to produce your own computer video game.Topics include:

Mario from Super Mario 3
  • Displaying and animating images
  • Transforming images to produce visual effects
  • Adding intelligent behavior to sprites and NPCs
  • Programming sound effects and music
  • Interacting with the game and controlling the player avatar

These skills are useful for programming your own video games -- and in a wide array of other computer industries and careers.

This course is open to the general public and no prior programming experience is required. For a more detailed list of course topics visit the instructor's home page:

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