Game Development Program (G109)

PROGRAM
Game Development
CODE
G109
SCHOOL
School of Design
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
3 years (6 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September, January
CERTIFICATION
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Video games are becoming one of the leading forms of artistic expression in the 21st century. Game development requires a combination of talents, hard work and passion. The Game Development three-year advanced diploma is a rigorous program of study that focuses on the principles and techniques of video game art creation required to break into the industry.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Character design image by student Kyle Ennis

Video games are becoming one of the leading forms of artistic expression in the 21st century. Game development requires a combination of talents, hard work and passion. The Game Development three-year advanced diploma is a rigorous program of study that focuses on the principles and techniques of video game art creation required to break into the industry.

Students will develop both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artistic abilities by learning concept art, sprite and pixel art, modelling, texturing, animation and level design. Taught by faculty with industry experience and mentored by local game industry leaders, students will develop games for commercial, educational and other purposes.

Students will have the unique opportunity to develop commercial quality games in a simulated video game studio environment, at times working with industry partners and game programmers. In the second year, students choose whether to specialize in game modelling or game animation.

Prior to graduation, each student will assemble a portfolio/demo of their creative work demonstrating their ability in game development and highlighting their chosen area of specialization. It is anticipated that graduates of the Game Development program will find employment in the game industry at entry-level positions.

Watch our video for more information on the Game Design program.

 

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

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Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

YEAR 1

SEMESTER 1

Code Course name
DESN1037 Drawing I
DESN1084 2D Digital Art I
DESN1118 Introduction to Modelling
DESN1130 2D Interactive Prototyping I
DESN1083 Asset Development I
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

Code Course name
DESN1038 Drawing II
DESN2015 2D Digital Art II
DESN1119 Introduction to Animation
DESN1131 2D Interactive Prototyping II
DESN1086 Asset Development II
GHUM1029 Design Culture

GAME MODELLING SPECIALIZATION

YEAR 2

SEMESTER 3

Code Course name
DESN2012 Environment Modelling I
DESN1132 Game Art and Architecture I
DESN2014 Level Design I
DESN2010 Texturing and Shading I
DESN2013 Game Project Development I
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course name
DESN2018 Environment Modelling II
DESN1133 Game Art and Architecture II
DESN2016 Level Design II
DESN2011 Texturing and Shading II
DESN2017 Game Project Development II
GNED General Education Elective

YEAR 3

SEMESTER 5

Code Course name
DESN3014 3D Sculpting I
DESN3016 Organic Modelling I
DESN3018 3D Interactive Prototyping I
DESN3020 Cinematics I
DESN3010 Game Project Development III
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

Code Course name
DESN3015 3D Sculpting II
DESN3017 Organic Modelling II
DESN3019 3D Interactive Prototyping II
DESN3021 Cinematics II
DESN3022 Game Portfolio Design
DESN3012 Game Project Development IV

GAME ANIMATION SPECIALIZATION

YEAR 2

SEMESTER 3

Code Course name
DESN2019 Environment Animation I
DESN2020 Rigging I
DESN2014 Level Design I
DESN1136 Motion Studies
DESN2013 Game Project Development I
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course name
DESN2022 Environment Animation II
DESN2021 Rigging II
DESN2016 Level Design II
DESN1137 Motion Capture
DESN2017 Game Project Development II
GNED1089 Sequential Arts

YEAR 3

SEMESTER 5

Code Course name
DESN3023 Procedural Animation I
DESN3025 Special Effects I
DESN3027 Character Acting I
DESN3020 Cinematics I
DESN3010 Game Project Development III
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 6

Code Course name
DESN3024 Procedural Animation II
DESN3026 Special Effects II
DESN3028 Character Acting II
DESN3021 Cinematics II
DESN3022 Game Portfolio Design
DESN3012 Game Project Development IV

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 


G109 Game Design Program Educational Path Diagram

Your Career 

Graduates of this program will have acquired the necessary skills to be employed in various game and digital media studios, with careers in:

  • character art
  • 2D environment art
  • 3D environment art
  • 3D modelling
  • 3D animation
  • character modelling
  • level design
  • cinematic animation
  • special effects
  • texture design
  • user interface design
  • quality assurance

Future Study Options 

Graduates may be eligible for admission into George Brown postgraduate programs. Students who successfully complete this program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher may be eligible for direct admission into the Game Design program.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$7,512.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Success Stories  

Watch the video below to see some of the incredible work created by students of the Game Development Program.

 

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Design

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3129

Email: game@georgebrown.ca

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002. 

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.