Software Engineering Technology – Interactive Gaming 3109

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Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 3109
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Progress Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

This advanced diploma will prepare you to work as a software developer in the game software industry. Graduates will be able to participate in various phases of the game programming life cycle, such as game design, three-dimensional graphics programming, game engine design, multiplayer online game programming and more.

The course work will emphasize object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, Software Testing and QA, C#, Java, Advanced Graphics, Web Game programming, HTML5/JavaScript, Unity3D, Mobile Application Development, Game & Simulation Design, and more.
To underscore the applied focus of the curriculum, the program includes two software development projects for technology students. These “real world” game/simulations/applications will require learners to utilize all the technical and business skills acquired during their studies for building higher quality software.

Software Engineering Technology - Interactive Gaming program is a fully CIPS/CTAB accredited program.

Fast Track

Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software gain direct admission into semester three of this three-year program and receive their Software Engineering Technology - Interactive Gaming advanced diploma in four semesters (program #3129).

Who knew those years of video games would count as resume experience? In Centennial’s Interactive Gaming program you’ll train for a career as a software developer in the gaming industry. Whether you love the classics or the freshest games, you’ll learn to participate in various phases of the game programming life cycle, such as game design, three-dimensional graphics programming, game engine design and multiplayer online game programming. Centennial’s Interactive Gaming program emphasizes object-oriented software design methodologies and user-oriented interface design.

Semester 1 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
COMP-100 Programming I Progress Campus
COMP-120 Software Engineering Fundamentals Progress Campus
COMP-122 Introduction to Database Concepts Progress Campus
GNED-219 The Canadian Workplace Experience Progress Campus
MATH-175 Functions and Number Systems Progress Campus

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMP-123 Programming 2 Progress Campus
COMP-213 Web Interface Design Progress Campus
COMP-225 Software Engineering Methodologies 1 Progress Campus
COMP-301 UNIX/Linux Operating Systems Progress Campus
COMP-391 Introduction to Game and Simulation Progress Campus
MATH-185 Discrete Mathematics Progress Campus

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMP-214 Advanced Database Concepts Progress Campus
COMP-229 Web Application Development Progress Campus
COMP-246 Object Oriented Software Engineering Progress Campus
COMP-305 Game Programming 1 Progress Campus
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-124 Network Technologies Progress Campus
COMP-212 Programming 3 Progress Campus
COMP-228 JAVA Programming Progress Campus
COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics Progress Campus

Semester 5 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-307 IT Project Management Progress Campus
COMP-231 Software Development Project I Progress Campus
COMP-303 Java EE Programming Progress Campus
COMP-304 Wireless Programming Progress Campus
COMP-394 Practical Game Design Progress Campus
COMP-396 Game Programming 2 Progress Campus

Semester 6 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-329 Business and ICT Progress Campus
COMP-308 Emerging Technologies Progress Campus
COMP-313 Software Development Project 2 Progress Campus
COMP-392 Advanced Graphics Progress Campus
COMP-395 Simulation Design Progress Campus
COMP-397 Web Game Programming Progress Campus
EMPS-102 Employment Skills 2 Progress Campus

Career Outlook

Program graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions as:
  • Software developers
  • Game programmers
  • Software testers
  • Computer programmers
  • Systems analysts
  • Business analysts
  • Web application developers
  • Database administrators
  • Applications or software support
    Program Highlights
    • Option exists for one-year of paid co-op experience (program #3119)
    • Courses are delivered using leading-edge technology geared to industry standards
    • Project-based learning
    • Knowledgeable and approachable faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials

    The Software Engineering Technology - Interactive Gaming program is a fully CIPS/CTAB accredited program.

    The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and the Canadian Council of Technician and Technologies (CCTT) jointly approved accreditation of this program in 2011. This joint accreditation is the first of its kind in Canada.  Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either CIPS or their provincial engineering technology association.

    CTAB Nationally Accredited Program
    The Software Engineering Technology - Interactive Gaming program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).

    Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist
    OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Software Engineering Technology - Interactive Gaming program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.

    The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College.  In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.


    Start showcasing your ideas through two software development projects. These real world applications require you to use all the technical and business skills acquired during your studies to build high quality software. With the co-op option, you’ll benefit from paid co-op experience that starts in your fourth semester, allows you to gain practical experience and network—all before graduation.


    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
    Academic Requirements
    • For applicants who are currently attending high school in Ontario, your midterm and final grades will be transmitted automatically to the college.
    Career Outlook
    Companies that have hired graduates of Software Technology programs include:
    • SpongeLab
    • CIBC
    • Bell Canada
    • Hudson's Bay Company
    • IBM Canada
    • ManuLife
    • Royal Bank

    Prepare to enter an exciting industry more profitable than Hollywood. Graduates work as software developers, game programmers, software testers, computer programmers, systems analysts, Web application developers, database administrators, and in software support roles.

    These programs are also available as Fast-track option(s).
    Please see page 6 for details.