Software Engineering Technology – Interactive Gaming (Co-op)

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Program Code: 3119

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 9 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

The Software Engineering Technology – Interactive Gaming (Co-op) program makes those years of playing video games count as resume experience.

The three-year offering, which is facilitated by the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, prepares you to launch a career as a software developer in the gaming industry. In your Interactive Gaming courses you are trained to participate in various phases of game development — game design, three-dimensional graphics programming, simulation design and multiplayer online game programming.

This is achieved through a combination of theory and practical application of object-oriented software design methodologies and user-oriented interface design, software testing and QA, C#, Java, advanced graphics, Web game programming, HTML5/JavaScript, Unity3D, mobile application development, game and simulation design, cloud computing and more.

Software Engineering Technology – Interactive Gaming (Co-op) also includes two software development projects that are intended to be "real world" game/simulations/applications experiences. To complete the projects, which require you to build higher quality software, you must apply all the technical and business skills acquired during the program.

The co-op component allows you to enhance your learning by working as a paid employee in the field. The experience gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned to a real workplace and network with professionals who may be valuable to you as they launch your career.

Please note: Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software may gain direct admission into semester 3 of this three-year program and receive their advanced diploma in four semesters plus two work terms (program #3139).

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
COMP-100 Programming I Progress Campus
COMP-120 Software Engineering Fundamentals Progress Campus
COMP-213 Web Interface Design Progress Campus
GNED-219 The Canadian Workplace Experience Progress Campus
MATH-175 Functions and Number Systems Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMP-122 Introduction to Database Concepts Progress Campus
COMP-123 Programming 2 Progress Campus
COMP-125 Client-Side Web Development 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
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
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
COOP-221 Employment Pre-placement Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
MATH-185 Discrete Mathematics Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP222 Co-op Work Placement 1 follows Semester 3.

Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
COMP-212 Programming 3 Progress Campus
COMP-228 Java Programming Progress Campus
COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance Progress Campus
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP331 Co-op Work Placement 2 follows Semester 4.

Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-124 Fundamentals of Computer Networks Progress Campus
CNET-307 IT Project Management Progress Campus
COMP-231 Software Development Project I Progress Campus
COMP-304 Wireless Programming Progress Campus
COMP-394 Practical Game Design Progress Campus
COMP-396 Game Programming 2 Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP332 Co-op Work Placement 3 follows Semester 5.

Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
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

Companies Offering Jobs

SpongeLab, CIBC, Bell Canada, Hudson's Bay Company, IBM Canada, ManuLife, Royal Bank

Program Highlights

  • This Software Engineering Technology – Interactive Gaming (co-op) program includes a one-year (three-term) co-op component.
  • Project-based courses use cutting-edge technology geared to industry standards.
  • Knowledgeable and approachable School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials, and offer you solid knowledge and advice.
  • Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) or their provincial engineering technology association.


  • The Canadian Information Processing Society 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.
  • 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).


Please note: 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.

Career Outlook

  • Software developer
  • Game programmer
  • Mobile application developer
  • User interface developer
  • Software tester
  • Computer programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Web application developer
  • Database administrator
  • Applications or software support

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission (score of 170 or 171 is required for admission)
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,300.00 $4,067.00
International $12,800.00 $2,845.00 $15,645.00