Digital Design - Game Design Program (Postgraduate) (G405)

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PROGRAM
Digital Design – Game Design
CODE
G405
SCHOOL
School of Design
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
1 year (3 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Video games have become one of the leading forms of artistic expression in the 21st century. The Digital Design – Game Design one-year graduate certificate is a rigorous program of study that focuses on the principles and techniques of video game design and production required to break into the industry.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

The Digital Design – Game Design program develops the production and design abilities of students in management scenarios through courses in design documentation, milestone and pipeline scheduling, game design theory and psychology. Taught by faculty with industry experience and mentored by local game industry leaders, students will learn how to design and develop games, not only for the entertainment market but also for serious gaming applications in health, education, construction, marketing and other sectors.

Students will have the unique opportunity to develop commercial quality games in a simulated video game studio environment, at times working with industry partners, game artists and programmers.

It is anticipated that graduates of this program will find employment in the game industry. Prior to graduation, each student will have assembled a portfolio/demo of their creative work demonstrating their ability in game design and highlighting their chosen area of specialization.

Watch our video for sample work from our Game Design students.

Field Education 

Field Placement available with portfolio approval

Your Field Education Options 

Students with approved portfolios are eligible for non-mandatory external field placements in Semester 3.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
DESN1101 Game Design Theory I
DESN1140 Game Storytelling
DESN1141 Game Psychology I
DESN1143 Advanced Level Design I
DESN1145 Game Management I
DESN1147 Design Documentation
DESN1122 Game Production Thesis I

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
DESN1111 Game Design Theory II
DESN1149 Character Development
DESN1142 Game Psychology II
DESN1144 Advanced Level Design II
DESN1146 Game Management II
DESN1148 Game Business
DESN1123 Game Production Thesis II

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
DESN1072 Game Experiential Project
DESN1088 Studio Entrepreneurship

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 


G405 Game Design Program Educational Path Diagram

Your Career 

Graduates may go on to careers designing and managing design in the game and digital media sector or in their own business. Graduates of this program will have acquired the necessary skills to be employed as:

  • Game Designers
  • Creative Directors
  • Level Designers
  • Producers
  • Project Managers

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$15,963.00*

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials (non-refundable), student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

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

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

* Qualified applicants will be invited to complete the application questionnaire and submit a portfolio and resume electronically. Details on these supplementary requirements will be communicated at a later date to qualified applicants, as part of the review process. Qualified applicants may also be invited for an interview.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission. In addition, applicants who are considered for admission to the program based solely on their work experience will be required to provide proof of English proficiency at the college level, and may be required to write the George Brown College English admission assessment.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details

Course Exemptions

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

International (Visa) 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 Digital Design – Game Design program.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Design

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3129

Email: game@georgebrown.ca

Game Development Program Co-ordinator: Jean-Paul Amore, ext. 3427 or jamore@georgebrown.ca.

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

Visit Our Campus  

The School of Design is located at both 230 Richmond St. E. and 341 King St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1L1. This program is taught from the 341 King St. E. location. Book a campus tour or explore our virtual tour.

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.

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