Game – Programming Program (T163)

PROGRAM
Game – Programming
CODE
T163
SCHOOL
School of Computer Technology
LOCATION
Casa Loma Campus
DURATION
3 years (6 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September, January
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Whether it’s online or console, cell phone or PC-based, the game industry in Canada is large and growing rapidly. Game developers and publishers in the Greater Toronto Area range from small specialized units to mid-sized companies to Microsoft, Nintendo and other industry leaders. Computer programmers are the fundamental resource for companies that develop, produce, distribute and market computer-based games. In fact, our industry advisers tell us it is the technical skills that are most in demand – a demand that this George Brown program is focused on meeting.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Whether it’s online or console, cell phone or PC-based, the game industry in Canada is large and growing rapidly. Game developers and publishers in the Greater Toronto Area range from small specialized units to mid-sized companies to Microsoft, Nintendo and other industry leaders.

Computer and game programmers are the fundamental resource for companies that develop, produce, distribute and market computer-based games. In fact, our industry advisors tell us it is the technical skills that are most in demand – a demand that this George Brown program is focused on meeting.

Students in George Brown’s three-year Game – Programming advanced diploma program will learn the technical skills they need to be successful in the job market by learning “the language of gaming” (C and C++), as well as artificial intelligence, 3D graphics and much more.

The added advantage of this program is that students will also be taught by George Brown’s School of Design faculty throughout the program, working closely with design students to create games, explore all aspects of the game industry, and learn to work in teams, just as they will in industry. Classes take place at George Brown’s Casa Loma and St. James Campuses. Some courses are offered online, and in some semesters, evening courses may be required.

Note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August).

T163 Three George Brown College Game designers at a lecture

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 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2018-2019PDF icon

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course name
GAME1001 Introduction to Programming
GAME1003 Web Game Development
GAME1005 Game Production I
GSSC1045 Business Applications for Information Technology
MATH1180 Mathematics for Game Development
COMM1007 College English†

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course name
GAME1011 Object-Oriented Programming
GAME1012 Game Engine Scripting
GAME1013 Graphical User Interface Development
GAME1014 Game Production II
MATH1107 Linear Algebra and Geometry
GSSC1027 Personal Finance

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course name
GAME2013 Game Engine Fundamentals
GAME2001 Data Structures and Algorithms
GAME2005 Game Physics
GAME2020** Game Production III
GAME2016 Graphics Programming Fundamentals
GAME3001 Artificial Intelligence
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course name
GAME2030** Game Production IV
GAME2002 Multimedia Systems Development
GAME2011 Mobile Game Fundamentals
GAME2012 3D Graphics Programming
GAME2015 Virtual Reality Development
COMP2148 Professional Workplace Competencies
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course name
GAME3020** Game Production V
GAME2014 Android Game Development
GAME3002 Physics Engines
GAME3003 Console Game Development I
GAME3111 Advanced Graphics Programming
GAME3121 Game Engine Development I

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course name
GAME3030** Game Production VI
GAME3004 iOS Game Development
GAME3011 Advanced Game Programming
GAME3015 Game Engine Development II
GAME3110 Multiplayer Systems
GAME3112 Console Game Development II

†Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

**Course delivered at the St. James Campus. All other courses are delivered at the Casa Loma Campus.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Electives 

ALTERNATIVE STUDY OPTIONS

Students looking to focus more on the art/asset development aspect of game development may be more interested in our Game – Art advanced diploma program (G119), which is centred in the George Brown School of Design. Even though several courses are co-delivered in both programs, we encourage you to consider which program most closely suits your goals prior to making a final decision.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

The Industry 

"Canada's video game industry is recognized as a global powerhouse for game development and has played a significant role in shifting what was once a 'niche industry' into a blockbuster industry and driver of innovation. In 2015, the industry contributed more than $3 billion to the Canadian economy and provided 20,400 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs across the country, representing an increase of 31 percent and 24 percent respectively since 2013.
"Industry growth both globally and in Canada has been explosive and is expected to continue into the future.​ Canada’s video game industry crosses the country with 472 active studios that develop, publish, and distribute video games. The sector is mainly concentrated in the provinces of Quebec (29.4 percent), British Columbia (27.1 percent), and Ontario (22.9 percent)."

Entertainment Software Association of Canada

Educational / Degree Pathway 

Graduates of Game – Programming have the opportunity to apply to the BSc (Honours) Computer Games Design program at the University of Gloucestershire, beginning in level 6. For more information about this program, visit www.glos.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/cgs/pages/computer-games-design-bsc.aspx.

Your Career 

Our graduates will be able to work in many areas of the digital game industry, including:

  • software or hardware development
  • publisher
  • ISP and game portal development and maintenance
  • website development
  • distribution middleware and tool provider
  • production servicer
  • content/IP owner

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$4,256.00 *

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 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  

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

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • Attending a Program Information Session is highly recommended

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

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

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Computer Technology

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287

Email: computertechnology@georgebrown.ca

The office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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  

Classes in the Game Programming program take place at our Casa Loma and St. James Campuses. Sign up for an Information Session or Campus Tour to learn more about George Brown College and the program. You can also 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.