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Top Certificate Programs in Game Design

For students who are intent upon a career in game design, but for whom a degree program is not a good fit, certificates can be an excellent solution. Certificates are much more specific than degree programs, and they tend to be more hands-on as well, so they can be excellent tools for professional studies.

What is a certificate in game design? This program is typically designed for students who have a basic familiarity with computing and games but who desire more detailed knowledge about game design, such as level design, storyline development, and more. Often, students select this certificate in order to pursue game design as a career. Often, students work hands-on with equipment such as game engines, HD video equipment, Adobe, and others. Courses typically include game programming, photography, digital filmmaking, and more.

Those who complete a program in game design can often see many benefits to their careers. Many graduates have improved job prospects as they are able to complete more digital and creative tasks. Having some higher education also typically brings higher salary opportunities to prospective employees.

The cost of a certificate in game design can vary greatly from program to program and between geographical locations. For the most accurate information, prospective students should reach out directly to the programs to which they intend to apply.

These certificates can help individuals without degrees in game design or interactive media to obtain entry-level roles in the game industry. A certificate program can also help students with technical backgrounds in computer science or other digital fields to transfer their expertise to the needs of game industry employers. Graduates often go on to become graphic designers, game engineers, story developers, photographers, and game programmers.

Admissions requirements vary widely between programs. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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9 Results in Game Design

Media Design School

The objective is the joint development of a multi-user 3D games. ... [+]

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The objective is the joint development of Multi-user 3D games.

Facts Duration: full-time, 9:00 to 14:30 Type: Workshop Degree: Certificate MD.H Release dates: 07.11.2016 - 07.22.2016 (Dusseldorf) | 08.29.2016 - 09.09.2016 (Munich) | 08/01/2016 - 08/05/2016 (Berlin) Locations: Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin Admission Requirements

Addressed are young people with Interest in the design and development of computer games. Good is this camp for high school students / inside of classes 11 - 13, junior high school student / inside the class 10 and those who have already been started to study and want to reorient.

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The Media Camp Games offers an insight into the complex working cycles in the development of computer games.... [-]

Germany Munich Düsseldorf Berlin
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German
Full-time
Campus
Academy Class

Get ready to enter the world of 3D games with Unity3D! Unity is the ultimate game development platform to build high-quality 3D and 2D games, deploy them across mobile, d ... [+]

Certification Supporting Material 18-month Free course retake

Get ready to enter the world of 3D games with Unity3D! Unity is the ultimate game development platform to build high-quality 3D and 2D games, deploy them across mobile, desktop, VR/AR, consoles or the Web. This course also focusses on scripting, custom GUI controls, prefab customization, multiplayer networking features like chat, and optimizations that will make your gameplay better on mobile devices and desktops alike. Take a deep dive into Unity’s controls and learn how to build more interactive, high-performance 3D games.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This workshop is created for developers, teachers, and students that are new to Unity. In this project-based workshop, the disciple is introduced to the Unity 3 workspace and typical project work procedures.... [-]

United Kingdom London Manchester Leeds Glasgow Lithuania Vilnius  + 3 More
August 2020
Part-time
5 days
Campus
Online
Academy Class

The 3ds Max Green Belt class focuses on learning the techniques and methods that will get the best results. Over 3 days you will be developing your skills and abilities w ... [+]

Certification Supporting Material 18-month Free course retake

The 3ds Max Green Belt class focuses on learning the techniques and methods that will get the best results. Over 3 days you will be developing your skills and abilities with, Modelling, Lighting, Animation, and Rendering.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

People who have preferably attended the 3DS Max Essentials Jumpstart or have a number of years experience working with 3D tools and have a solid understanding of modeling in the 3D environment.

ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE

You will have taken the 3ds Max Jumpstart zero to HERO course or have equivalent knowledge and experience

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

You will be able to design 3D environments with animated walking characters with realistic lighting viewed from a moving camera.... [-]

United Kingdom London Manchester Leeds Glasgow Lithuania Vilnius  + 3 More
August 2020
Part-time
3 days
Campus
Online
Academy Class

AngularJS is a powerful and extensible HTML and Javascript based framework for building web applications. It is based around the paradigm of Model View Control (MVC), all ... [+]

Certification Supporting Material 18-month Free course retake

AngularJS is a powerful and extensible HTML and Javascript based framework for building web applications. It is based on the paradigm of Model View Control (MVC), allowing modular development of your applications in javascript via controllers, and has data-binding client-side via HTML, with live data at runtime. This is a far more powerful and adaptable pattern for a web app than the traditional server-side PHP/ASP bindings called only once on the page-load. AngularJS is the ideal framework to adopt for building web applications, and HTML5 based mobile apps. Combined with other UI frameworks like IONIC, AngularJS offers the best practices for making native PhoneGap/Cordova mobile apps. The course is two days in length. The first day explains the framework and shows it uses, the second day is used to construct a fully working application that makes use of local client-side storage and server-side storage using Firebase.... [-]

United Kingdom London Manchester Leeds Glasgow Lithuania Vilnius  + 3 More
August 2020
Part-time
2 days
Campus
Online
Academy of Interactive Entertainment

The Game Development Foundations course will allow you to create 3D games using the powerful Unity 3D game engine. Students will be introduced to industry standard tools ... [+]

The Game Development Foundations course will allow you to create 3D games using the powerful Unity 3D game engine. Students will be introduced to industry standard tools and techniques for game development.

The course covers:

Use C# to develop games in Unity 3D Learn about game mechanics and how to implement them Create games faster as you learn rapid prototyping Explore Unity3D’s components and scripting to generate levels, special effects, user interface and game logic Import artwork assets for games Manage projects using version control and collaboration tools Successful completion awarded with Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and technology

During the course you will develop two games and a web page to display them; the first game introduces you to development in Unity3D. The final production allows you, in small teams or individually, to create the concept, manage the scope, integrate art assets and test a game.... [-]

Australia Sydney Melbourne Canberra Adelaide Australia Online USA Lafayette Seattle USA Online Campbellsville Perth  + 8 More
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Part-time
10 - 20 weeks
Online & Campus Combined
Friends of Design - Academy of Digital Arts

Make use of your existing design skills and expand your creativity into other markets such as Game Design for Ad games, Educational games, Online or Mobile games and more ... [+]

Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment

Make use of your existing design skills and expand your creativity into other markets such as Game Design for Ad games, Educational games, Online or Mobile games and more – we’ll show you just how to get there.

Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Arts, has been running the Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment Course since 2012 with great success, being the first Council of Higher Education accredited, stand-alone course of its kind in South Africa.

This course offers game enthusiasts, creatives and interactive media interested students the chance to get an education in this field, thus providing the future employees for companies in the digital entertainment business, as well as equipping students for starting their own companies as freelancers.... [-]

South Africa Cape Town
Full-time
1 year
Campus
edX

Learn what a successful game designer does and how they think. ... [+]

Learn what a successful game designer does and how they think.

Imagine what it would be like to turn your love of playing video games into a career. What skills would you need to become a successful video game designer, and what job opportunities could you pursue in the industry?

In this XSeries, those questions and more will be answered by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Game Design and Development faculty and the director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong National Museum of Play. You will learn how various roles within the video game design discipline work together, helping you dive deeper into your area of interest and the career paths available.... [-]

USA Cambridge
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
25 weeks
Online
edX

These courses will lead you through the most popular undergraduate course at Harvard, CS50, an Introduction to Computer Science. ... [+]

Program Overview

The video games of the 1970s and 1980s have never lost their appeal. Pong, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda — these games defined a generation and set the stage for the massive billion-dollar video game industry of today. Even among the current blockbuster action-adventure titles, retro indie games play an important role, but how are these games made? What principles do you need to master to become a game designer and create the next hit title?

These courses will lead you through the most popular undergraduate course at Harvard, CS50, an Introduction to Computer Science. The first course will introduce you to common programming languages, providing a strong foundation to build the skills necessary to design and develop your own game. The second course will introduce you to the fundamentals of game programming itself.... [-]

USA Cambridge
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 months
Online
London College of Contemporary Arts

Our HNC/HND in Creative Media Production (Computer Game Development) is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. This course will ... [+]

HNC/HND Computer Game Animation

Our HNC/HND in Creative Media Production (Computer Game Animation) is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. This course will give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to be ready for employment. The HNC/HND in Creative Media Production (Computer Game Animation) also provides career development opportunities within the industry.

This course provides students with the theoretical knowledge and the skills required to design and develop computer games using 3D and 2D design and animation. Learners will develop a range of skills and techniques, and focus on the development of higher-level skills in the Computer Game Development context.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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Full-time
1 - 2 years
Campus