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Game Design

Location: JATC-South
Courses Taught:
SLCC Art 1080 Photoshop 4 credits 
SLCC Art 2440 Web Design 3 credits 
Game Development

Program Description: 

Design and develop Games Students will learn to Code and Design. This is a great way to find out what your students enjoys in the IT world. Students focus on projects that are specific to game design using Illustrator and Photoshop. Students create sound effects for the games.   Students can earn 7 college credits during the first semester. Students will specialize during 2nd Semester  using HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, C# (Developers during 2nd semester), and Unity. Courses in this program may be taken concurrently with SLCC: Art 1080 Photoshop & Digital Media (4 credits), and Art 2440 Website Design (3 Credits). Students will be required to study for industry certifications Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Animate, Microsoft Intro to Programming using HTML and CSS, and HTML5 Fundamentals. Advanced Students can earn additional industry certifications. 


Program Expectations

Students will work on soft skills and develop an understanding of a professional work environment by earning the JATC Portfolio Medallion. Students must follow Jordan District’s Network Acceptable Use policy (AUP) for internet use, and the extended privileges form. We will learn to create the games that typical students just play. Students will be prepared to enter any college program with a portfolio of work. Students complete multiple games per year for competitions. Students are part of the Technology Student Association, SkillsUSA, and Digital Media Arts Festival. 


Summer Homework

SLCC Concurrent 

Game Design Fees

Game Design Required Forms

Parent Night Slideshow

TSA Link

SkillsUSA Link

Optional Animation Tour Information 2019

Animation Tour Parent Letter

Animation Tour Information 

2019 TSA Interactive App & Game Design 2nd Place Jacob Haight, Brandon Dinger,Luis Colmenero, Stephano Liza, Randy Ramirez

2019 TSA Interactive App & Game Design 3rd Place Mason Martell, Ryan Garcia, and Austin Richards. 

2019 TSA Video Game Design 3rd Place Jacob Haight, Brandon Dinger,Luis Colmenero, Mario Stephano Liza, Randy Ramirez


Melinda Mansouri

Melinda Mansouri is creative, innovative, and goal
oriented. She enjoys design work and solving
problems using technology. She has been teaching
for 24 years for Jordan School District. Melinda has
been teaching in CTE for the last 13 years in the
subject areas of Digital Media, Game Design and
Web Design. Her hobbies include sewing, dancing,
traveling, digital scrap booking, cooking, and reading
(100 pages per hour average). She recently celebrated
her 18th wedding anniversary, and has three children
Hope 14, Max 12, and Ty 11.
Melinda’s favorite color is pink.


NCWIT Teacher of the Year 2019

UACTE Teacher of the Year 2018

Congressional Recognition of Teachers 2018- Mia Love

Jordan Education Foundation Teacher of the Year 2016
UITEA New Educator of the Year 2011
Bingham High CTE Teacher of the Year 2011
Nominated for Most Inspirational Teacher by Bingham High Sterling Scholars in 2010 and 2011

South Valley Chamber 2018 JATC South Teacher of the Year
South Jordan Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Award 2013 & 2015
Award Bingham High Faculty April 2012
Teacher of the Month Joel P. Jensen Middle School and Indian Hills Middle School