North Fort Myers High School offers four levels of Game Design courses as well as three higher level specialized courses.

Once students complete their first two years in the Gaming Program they have the option to specialize in up to three areas: 3D Modeling, 3D Animation, and Advanced Gaming. These specialized courses would take the place of the broader third and fourth year courses, allowing students with a passion for gaming and animation to go deeper into a subject than they would normally be able to in the third and fourth year courses.

Game and Simulation Courses

First Year: Game & Simulation Foundations (8208110)

Game & Simulation Foundations is a challenging, project-based class. This class requires exceptionally high quality work and classroom participation. Students will focus on the broad concepts behind game and film design while learning the basics of storyboarding, modeling, animation, and game development.  Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have received industry certification in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, put together a resource folder to take with them into higher-level courses, and will have begun a digital portfolio that highlights their modeling and animation skills.

Second Year: Game & Simulation Design (8208120)

Game & Simulation Design is only available to the second year students who have a successfully passed Game & Simulation Foundations.  Students must have an interest in one or more of the following areas: 3D Modeling, Game Design and/or 3D Animation.

In this level, students will learn new programs such as Autodesk 3ds Max and Adobe Photoshop while adding to their expertise from the Foundations class. Students will also gain additional skills in Gamemaker and game design.

Third Year: Game & Simulation 2D Graphic Development (8208130)

Game & Simulation 2D Graphic Development is only available to third year students. The prerequisites for this course are Game & Simulation Foundations AND Game & Simulation Design, and as such, it is expected that students already have intermediate knowledge of the programs learned in the first two years, including Gamemaker and Autodesk.

This course focuses on a wide variety of gaming, modeling and animation concepts. Students will be taking their 3D skills to the next level in this course, creating more complex digital projects. Students will also be introduced to 2D animation and can expect to earn industry certification in Toon Boom Harmony.

Fourth Year: Game & Simulation 3D Graphic Animation (8208140)

Game & Simulation 3D Graphic Animation is only available to fourth year students. The three prerequisites for this course are Game & Simulation Foundations, Design, and 2D Graphic Development. This course will focus on the creation of an independent portoflio project that encapsulates all topics taught throughout the four years of Game & Sim. 

In this advanced level, students can expect to gain a better understanding of the production pipeline and how to successfully execute a high-quality portfolio piece that showcases their strengths in either modeling, gaming and/or animation.

Specialized Courses

3D Animation (3D Animation Tech 1 - 8718110)

3D Animation Tech 1 is only available to third and fourth year gaming students. This is a specialized course focusing on 3D Animation.  It is expected that students have animated both simple and complex characters in their other courses, as this class will take those skills to the next level, focusing on the Principles of Animation to create believable motion.

In this class students will learn the history of animation, develop a solid understanding of the Principles of Animation, be able to hand-key facial and body animation, and will dive more deeply into the graph/curve editor to adjust and polish animation. They will leave this course with a better understanding of the animation pipeline, with a resource folder that includes various assets and information, and with several portfolio-quality pieces that showcase to colleges and employers what they know and can accomplish.

3D Modeling (3D Animation Tech 2 - 8718120)

3D Animation Tech II is only available to the third and fourth year gaming students. This is an intermediate to advanced specialized course focusing on 3D modeling for gaming and entertainment.

Students will be learning theory and technique using 3D objects in Autodesk 3ds Max and Mudbox.  Topics include an architectural study, character modeling, lighting and texture/surface mapping. 

Advanced Gaming (Game & Simulation Programming - 8208330)

Game & Simulation Programming is only available to third and fourth year gaming students and relies heavily on the foundation of knowledge learned in the first and second years. It is expected that students have intermediate knowledge of Game Maker, intermediate to high knowledge of Maya and/or 3Ds Max, and have a general understanding of game design as a whole.

In this class students will learn about the history of gaming, will gain additional skills in Game Maker, skills in Unity, and knowledge of Virtual Reality using Unity and Google Cardboard. They will leave this course with a better understanding of the gaming pipeline, with a resource folder that includes various assets and information, and with several portfolio-quality pieces that showcase to colleges and employers what they know and can accomplish.

Visual Course Map

Game Design Course Progression

Industry Certification

Toon Boom Certified Associate

North High is proud to offer certification in both Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Toon Boom Harmony as a part of the Game and Animation program. Toon Boom is the current industry standard in television animation and is widely used in the planning and production of film, games, and mobile applications.

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro is a digital storyboarding software that allows students to visually explore and organize their creative ideas. A storyboard is a series of static images displayed in sequence for the purpose of previsualizing a film, animation, or game. Storyboard Pro helps streamline the storyboarding process with a slew of specialized tools designed to help artists efficiently convey their ideas. In conjunction with Storyboard Pro, students will use Wacom drawing tablets to draw directly into the computer, allowing them to easily create and interact with their storyboards. 

Toon Boom Harmony is a 2D animation production software that allows students to create professional-quality animation. Harmony is more robust than its storyboarding partner, allowing for high quality final animation. Students have the ability to integrate 3D elements into their 2D work and can easily set up reusable assets to systemize and quicken the production process.

Some memorable productions developed using the Toon Boom software:

 Toon Boom Credits