Simulation and Game Development
The field of computer modeling and simulation combines computer programming and digital media to create software for entertainment, training, or the study of real-world systems or processes.
The Associate in Science (A.S.) simulation specialization and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) simulation focus were created by Seminole State College in partnership with the National Center for Simulation and simulation industry experts working in the field.
A.S., Computer Programming and Analysis: Simulation Specialization
Students pursuing the Associate in Science (A.S.), Computer Programming and Analysis can select a specialization in simulation. This specialization teaches programming skills used in the video game and simulation industries.
After earning the A.S. degree, students may continue their simulation education by enrolling in the B.S., Information Systems Technology.
B.S., Information Systems Technology: Simulation Focus
Students can select focused courses in simulation within the Bachelor of Science, Information Systems Technology (B.S. I.S.T.) programming specialization. These courses will build upon the skills earned in the A.S., Computer Programming and Analysis.
Central Florida is the epicenter for more than 150 modeling, simulation and training companies, the highest concentration of such companies in the United States. These companies include defense contractors, theme parks, healthcare organizations and video gaming companies such as EA Sports.
Learn more about the Florida High Tech Corridor's economic impact on the modeling and simulation industry.
Anchored by The National Center for Simulation, located in Research Park, view the list of companies who develop or use computer models and simulations in Central Florida.
The job data below was reported in an economic impact study of the computer modeling, simulation, and training (MS&T) industry by the University of Central Florida in 2016.
It is estimated that the total activities of the firms in the MS&T industry have sustained 73,802 total jobs in Florida in 2015. The direct effect of the activities of the firms modeled in this industry resulted in 30,236 MS&T jobs sustained with an average annual salary of $78,341.
Future job growth is bright for the MS&T industry, especially for computer programmers.
Graduate School Opportunities
Students who earn the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology (B.S.I.S.T.) with the simulation focus, can choose to pursue a master's degree after graduation. The following master's degrees are offered at the University of Central Florida with video game programming and simulation specializations.
- Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA):
master's degree specializing in video game programming
- School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training (SMST):
master's degree in modeling and simulation