The Option in Simulation and Digital Entertainment A.A.S. degree and the SDE Certificate programs provide students with the skills to design and develop computer games for fun, advertising, education and simulations.
Simulation & Digital Entertainment (SDE) is a new gaming major at HCC. The SDE major teaches students how to use various programs and languages currently used by many companies in the gaming industry. SDE is an area of study where students can learn to take real events and represent them in a virtual environment using computers. Students can break down complex ideas into a visual medium where they can be seen in an easy and understandable way.
Interactivity has become a large part of the SDE field. A large portion of interactive media is in the framework of video games. Video game making has become a strong staple both in entertainment and in education. HCC's SDE program helps students take a concept and produce an image or an animation. In conjunction, interactive components are taught to enhance the visual experience.
Students learn how to program using a variety of software, languages and scripts, such as Flash, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Actionscript 3.0, C++, and many more.
SDE students have had the opportunity to apply their current knowledge and get real world working experience through internships with many companies, such as d'Vinci Interactive , Washington County Technical School , and the Washington County Free Library .
After successfully completing the SDE program at HCC, students can further their education by pursuing a Bachelor's degree with other colleges and universities. Students can transfer the credits they earned while studying at HCC towards the completion of a four-year degree. Both Shepherd University  and the University of Baltimore  have partnered with HCC to make this process as easy as possible.
Studying SDE offers opportunities in many career paths, such as: Programmer, 3D Artist, 2D Artist, Animator, Producer, Quality Assurance, Software Tester, Audio Designer, Level Designer, Analyst, Software Engineer, Concept Artist, AI Developer, Creative or Art Director, UI Designer, Script Engineer, Character Rigger, CGI specialist, and Graphics Engineer.
In the Maryland and DC area, almost 100 gaming, animation, modeling and interactive companies exist.
Career Outlook: Check out the Game Career Guide !