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.
Digital Design – Game Design
Field placement available with portfolio approval
1 year (3 semesters)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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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 placement available with portfolio approval
Your Field Study options
Students with approved portfolios are eligible for non-mandatory external field placements in Semester 3.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Design environment and characters using the principles of game design.
- Read, analyze and create game design documents for effective game creation and management.
- Create environments, objects and characters for integration within a video game.
- Import game assets and levels into game engines appropriate high-end 3D game applications or engines.
- Produce a 3D game using appropriate tools and game management techniques.
- Create and produce digital components, games and documentation using a variety of computer platforms.
- Prepare a variety of industry standard documents and prototypes in a skilled manner and demonstrate professional presentation and organizational skills.
- Develop and present a working game design document for a marketable game.
- Use an existing game engine to create a prototype game.
- Evaluate different types of games and platforms and select the appropriate ones for a particular game strategy.
- Present the game design prototype and document using innovative techniques as well as digital, verbal and written skills.
- Manage the design and production process of a game prototype.
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|DESN1101||Game Design Theory I|
|DESN1140||Narrative Design I|
|DESN1141||Game Psychology I|
|DESN1143||Advanced Level Design I|
|DESN1145||Game Management I|
|DESN1122||Game Production Thesis I|
|DESN1111||Game Design Theory II|
|DESN1149||Narrative Design II|
|DESN1142||Game Psychology II|
|DESN1144||Advanced Level Design II|
|DESN1146||Game Management II|
|DESN1123||Game Production Thesis II|
|DESN1072||Game Experiential Project|
Detailed course outlines
General Education Electives
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
- Project Managers
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* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials (non-refundable), student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.
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* 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.
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College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.
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If you are a college or university student or graduate, you may be eligible for program transfers or course-to-course transfers. We have transfer agreements with colleges and universities across Canada and internationally.
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Watch the video below to see some of the incredible work created by students of the Digital Design – Game Design program.
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