The Digital Design – Game Design program is offered in partnership with MEET's Digital Culture Centre in Milan. 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. NOTE: Graduates of this program will not be eligible for the Post-graduation work permit (PGWP) in Canada upon completion.

Overview

Program name
Digital Design – Game Design
Code
G205
Experiential learning
Field placement available with portfolio approval.
Duration
1 year (3 semesters)
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study
FT

Year of Study

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2020-2021

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Program Availability

Domestic students
This program is currently only available to international students.
International students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

Full 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 international faculty with industry experience and mentored by 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. The program offers a unique and intensive delivery structure in which the first two semesters are held in Milan, and the final semester is held in Toronto.

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.

Experiential Learning

Field placement available with portfolio approval.

Your Field Study options

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

Note: External field placements in Toronto are contingent on successful visa applications.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Design environment and characters using the principles of game design.
  2. Read, analyze and create game design documents for effective game creation and management.
  3. Create environments, objects and characters for integration within a video game.
  4. Import game assets and levels into game engines to create appropriate high-end 3D game applications or engines.
  5. Produce a 3D game using appropriate tools and game management techniques.
  6. Create and produce digital components, games and documentation using a variety of computer platforms.
  7. Prepare a variety of industry standard documents and prototypes in a skilled manner and demonstrate professional presentation and organizational skills.
  8. Develop and present a working game design document for a marketable game.
  9. Use an existing game engine to create a prototype game.
  10. Evaluate different types of games and platforms and select the appropriate ones for a particular game strategy.
  11. Present the game design prototype and document using innovative techniques as well as digital, verbal and written skills.
  12. Manage the design and production process of a game prototype.

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1 (in Milan, Italy)

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DESN1101Game Design Theory I
DESN1122Game Production Thesis I
DESN1140Narrative Design I
DESN1141Game Psychology I
DESN1143Advanced Level Design I
DESN1145Game Management I
DESN1147Design Documentation

SEMESTER 2 (in Milan, Italy)

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DESN1111Game Design Theory II
DESN1123Game Production Thesis II
DESN1142Game Psychology II
DESN1144Advanced Level Design II
DESN1146Game Management II
DESN1148Game Business
DESN1149Narrative Design II

SEMESTER 3 (in Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DESN1072Game Experiential Project
DESN1088Studio Entrepreneurship

Detailed course outline

Articulation Agreement

George Brown College’s Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology is the official academic partner of MEET – a new centre in Milan that aims to cultivate digital culture through events, exhibitions and academic programming.

MEET, Milan’s Digital Centre, is a social enterprise and forum that anticipates and brings international trends to the public – a place where digital culture’s innovative practices and languages are fully experienced. MEET’s vibrant and varied programming includes international events, workshops and courses for individuals of all ages and postgraduate programs offered in partnership with George Brown College.

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

NOTE: Graduates of this program will not be eligible for the Post-graduation work permit (PGWP) in Canada upon completion.

Educational/Degree Pathway

G405 Game Design Program Educational Path Diagram

Tuition

€16,100 (Euros)*

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 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 and at later dates.

Note that this program is international— all enrolled students are subject to international fees, regardless of country of origin.

To accept your offer and confirm your seat in the program you will be required to pay a minimum of your first semester fee of approximately 5,500 Euros.

For applicants from non-EU countries, you may choose to pay your fees in Canadian dollars or other currency. You may make payments using the CIBC payment platform on our Online Application for International Students page.

Financial Assistance

This program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

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.

To be admitted into the post-secondary program (Postgraduate) you must:

  1. Have graduated from senior secondary school and university or college.
  2. Be 17 years of age or older at the time of program start.
  3. Pay the non-refundable $95 application fee. This can be paid by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, AMEX), or electronic bank transfer as specified on the online application.
  1. Provide proof of English proficiency. If English is not the official first language in your country, you must have one of the following (upload a copy of the Test Report)
IELTS (Academic)6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band
TOEFL

88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band

PTE (Academic)60 overall, minimum 55 in each skill band
George Brown English for Academic Purposes ProgramNot available for this program
George Brown Admissions Test (only offered in Toronto)Only Offered in Toronto. For more information, please visit our Admission Assessment page.
ESL from other Ontario collegesNot available

View list of countries eligible for exemption from providing proof of English proficiency.

You may also be able to meet our English proficiency requirements by completing the appropriate ESL level at one of our language school partners (in Toronto only). For more information, please see our International Partners page.

Supporting Documents
  • Copy of your passport page containing your photo and personal information.
  • Translated and attested copies of University/College transcript & Degree/Diploma.

Special Notes

  • For most countries, copies of originals should be attested as “true copies” by the educational institution or by a notary.
  • If you are under 17 at program start, you must submit custodianship documents.

Please attach all documents required in support of your application but do not send any extra documents that are not required.

George Brown College Admissions Officers reserve the right to request original documents if there are any doubts or questions with regard to authenticity or legibility of documents submitted electronically.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants will be required to provide proof of English proficiency at the college level.

Please see our English Proficiency page for further information regarding requirements.

Special Requirements

Important Immigration Information

Applying for a Study Visa to Italy

If you are a non-EU student, you will be required to apply for the proper study and residency Visas through your local Italian Embassy, Consulate, or local Italian authorities in your country. More information about this process will be added to this section at a later date.

Applying for a Study Permit to Canada

Please note: Students will require a Study Permit and “Co-op” work permit for the in-Canada portion starting in May 2021 and finishing at the end of August 2021.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regulations state: “If the overall course of study is greater than six months, then the student requires a study permit for the in-Canada portion of the program, even if the in-Canada portion is less than six months. The duration of the study permit should be for the duration of the in-Canada portion only [4 months].”

The processing time for Canadian study permits in Italy is approximately 3 weeks, but this could change without notice.

Students should apply for their study permits and co-op work permits well in advance of arriving in Canada.

In addition, they will need to request the appropriate George Brown supporting documentation (i.e., an enrolment letter and a co-op work permit support letter) to be able to apply for their study permit and their co-op work permit.

Please note that students of this program are not eligible for a postgraduate work permit upon completion of the program, since the in-Canada component is only 4 months.

Please see our Study Permit for International Students page for further information.

Students are solely responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regulations at all times during their studies and while in Canada, including any medical or study and work permit-related requirements.

Applicants and students of George Brown College are encouraged to consult the CIC website or consult the CIC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to confirm or clarify immigration-related information and requirements.

How Do I Apply to the Program

Please go to this link for how to apply information:

https://www.georgebrown.ca/international/futurestudents/howtoapply/

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

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

MEET's Digital Culture Centre is located in the former Spazio Oberdan cultural centre in Milan, Italy. The building has been renovated by Carlo Ratti Associati to make it suitable for traditional and non-traditional program delivery, including the creation of classrooms, meeting areas, an auditorium and exhibition space. The first two semesters of the program will be delivered in this new space, situated in the heart of Milan in a district that represents the city's dynamism and vibrant history.

The third semester of the program is offered through George Brown's School of Design, located at our Waterfront Campus at 3 Lower Jarvis St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The School of Design resides in a new 103,000-square-foot facility in the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts development. This state-of-the-art building supports academic programs and industry projects with features such as:

  • Virtual and augmented reality lab
  • Usability and testing lab
  • Future Ways of Living lab
  • Peer tutor lab
  • Digital Sandbox
  • Incubators
  • Prototyping and workshop spaces
  • Design and innovation showcase spaces

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