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.

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Program name
Digital Design – Game Design
Experiential learning
Field Placement available with portfolio approval
1 year (3 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 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 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.

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.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Design, develop, and present a working game design document for a marketable game or game component.
  2. Create prototype games and game fragments through the development and use of various software components, along with the use and integration of existing commercial tools and components.
  3. Evaluate different types of games and game platforms and select the appropriate ones for a particular game strategy.
  4. Using innovative techniques – including digital, verbal and written – present the game design documentation and prototype(s).
  5. Manage the design, production, deployment, and maintenance of game prototypes, fragments, and components.
  6. Use applicable programming and mathematical skills to appropriately and correctly implement the various mathematical, simulation, artificial intelligence, graphics, sound, and other aspects of a game or game component.
  7. Identify, choose, and implement appropriate design and programmatic techniques (algorithmic, threading models, rendering, etc.).

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DESN1101Game Design Theory I
DESN1140Game Storytelling
DESN1141Game Psychology I
DESN1143Advanced Level Design I
DESN1145Game Management I
DESN1147Design Documentation
DESN1122Game Production Thesis I


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DESN1111Game Design Theory II
DESN1149Character Development
DESN1142Game Psychology II
DESN1144Advanced Level Design II
DESN1146Game Management II
DESN1148Game Business
DESN1123Game Production Thesis II


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DESN1072Game Experiential Project
DESN1088Studio Entrepreneurship

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

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

Educational/Degree Pathway

G405 Game Design Program Educational Path Diagram



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.

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.

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Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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


Game Development Program Co-ordinator: Jean-Paul Amore, ext. 3427 or

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

This program is part of our School of Design, located at our Waterfront Campus at 3 Lower Jarvis St.

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