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Video games are a major emerging art form, and courses in game design are becoming more and more standard. By entering these programs, students have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with developing games to prepare them for their future careers.

You may be wondering, what is a course in game design? Programs focusing on this skill set are split into two fields of study: theoretical and practical. Understanding game theory is vital to success, but students may also be able to create actual games to build experience and a portfolio at the same time. This series of courses is well complemented by 3D animation, interactive design, or interactive storytelling classes.

Besides building a portfolio that can help you get a design job after graduation, courses in game design also build a set of personal skills that will be beneficial in this industry. The ability to communicate and work with a group is imperative to game design, as well as critical thinking and problem solving.

Factors that determine how much the program costs include university choice, program length, and the country you study in. The most common countries to study game design are Finland, Sweden, and the United States. Be sure to research before enrolling.

The nature of the game industry allows for great flexibility in career options. More so than ever before, it is very feasible to create video games independently. Alternatively, with a growing market, it is becoming easier to get work with an existing studio. Plus, there are many different fields that you can specialize in, including design, programming, art, scripting, production, writing, and research, so you can find the niche that matches your interests.

It is the most exciting time to work in this industry, so start looking into the courses in game design available to you today. 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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17 Results in Game Design

South & City College - Birmingham

Our courses are for anyone interested in careers in computer game development and gaming content for industry and media. You will gain a sound grounding in these areas wh ... [+]

‘Students studying games art use industry-standard software and develop appropriate technical skills to create a 3D treasure chest for an online game.’ Ofsted, 2018

Why study Games Development with us? Our courses are for anyone interested in careers in computer game development and gaming content for industry and media You will gain a sound grounding in these areas while working across a variety of platforms You will use the latest computer industry technologies We prepare you for pursuing routes to specialisms in higher education Animation, Visual Effects and Games

Level: 3 | Location: Digbeth Campus

South and City is the only college in Birmingham to offer this NextGen course for skills in the Visual Effects (VFX) and Games industries. The uniqueness of this course and something that we are very excited about is that it has been created by and for the Animation, VFX and Games industry.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
September 2019
Full-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Access Creative College

If you love computer games and would like to develop and programme your own, then this Level 3 Games Technology course is the perfect way to prepare for a creative career ... [+]

If you love computer games and would like to develop and programme your own, then this Level 3 Games Technology course is the perfect way to prepare for a creative career or university.

LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GAME DESIGN & APPS Learn about the fundamental design principles and techniques for creating games and interactive applications using Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop. WORK WITH ADVANCED GAMES ENGINES Familiarise yourself with high-end 3D game engines, such as Unreal Engine 4 and Unity, using scripting and node-based systems. TEST YOUR OWN GAMES Create test cases and experience bug tracking, focus testing, and quality assurance. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Understand how the games and media industries work and how to market yourself successfully. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER ... [-]
United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York  + 4 More
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
Access Creative College

If you love computer games and would like to create designs for your own, then this Level 3 Games Art course is the perfect way to prepare for a creative career or univer ... [+]

If you love computer games and would like to create designs for your own, then this Level 3 Games Art course is the perfect way to prepare for a creative career or university.

DESIGN ENVIRONMENTS, OBJECTS, AND CHARACTERS Create digital concept art for characters, objects, and environments using Autodesk Maya/Mudbox and Adobe Photoshop. LEARN HOW TO BUILD 3D WORLDS Get to grips with building game-ready characters, animations, and environments. CREATE GAMES FROM START TO FINISH Experience the full games development cycle using 3D games engines such as Unreal Engine 4 and Unity. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Understand how the games and media industries work and how to market yourself successfully. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER ... [-]
United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York  + 4 More
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
Access Creative College

If you love computer games and would like to start producing your own, then this Level 2 Games Development course is perfect for you. ... [+]

If you love computer games and would like to start producing your own, then this Level 2 Games Development course is perfect for you.

LEARN ABOUT THE GAMES & MEDIA INDUSTRIES Understand how the industry operates. CREATE ART FOR GAMES & MEDIA PRODUCTS Create art and animation for games and media using Autodesk, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. GET EXPERIENCE AS A GAME DEVELOPER Plan, pitch, create and test a games project using Autodesk and GameMaker. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Get business savvy by creating a personal portfolio website to promote your own work as a professional. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER

Choosing this Games Development Level 2 course is the beginning of your journey into the creative industries.... [-]

United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York  + 4 More
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
Pyramind

The Sound for Picture & Games program is specifically tailored to prepare you for a career in post-production, sound design, and composition for visual media. This on ... [+]

Overview

The Sound for Picture & Games program is specifically tailored to prepare you for a career in post-production, sound design, and composition for visual media. This one-year curriculum focuses on technical production skills, creative workflow, interactive game audio, film scoring and music composition.

This program draws from Pyramind Studios’ deep history of award-winning productions. Analyze and recreate real sessions from AAA and mobile game titles, film and commercial work originally produced by our in-house team.

Build your portfolio and diverse set of skills by booking private weekly sessions in our multi-studio complex that includes our Meyer Cinema Surround Sound mix stage.... [-]

USA San Francisco
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Full-time
12 months
Campus
Think Tank Training Centre

The Think Tank Online program is designed to train working artists for the CG industry in the following roles: Environments for games (immersive real-time environments) ... [+]

Stemming from the success of our campus program, our online program is a full 4 terms (16 month total) with each term 14 weeks in length. Term 1 Foundations, anyone can apply (if the candidate meets the system requirements, etc.). Upon completing this term, you then move on to choose your career specialty in ONE of the following disciplines;

Environment for Games Hard Surface Modeling for Film Character Modeling for Games Organic Modeling for Film Texture & Look Development

*All required software is provided and licensed for you! (Maya, Photoshop, etc.). You do not need to know your specialization prior to applying as you can discover your abilities as you work through our Foundations Term.... [-]

Canada Canada Online
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Full-time
Part-time
16 months
Online
Oxford Royale Academy

The Game Development Programme provides prospective developers with the chance to gain experience in this growing field, culminating in their own creative project. ... [+]

Introduction

For students who are computer game enthusiasts, and would like to investigate the possibility of working in the games industry, this course will provide a perfect opportunity to gain practical experience, and either start a portfolio of work, or make valuable additions to their existing body of work.

The Project

The Game Development Programme focuses on the production of an extended piece of work that the student will conceptualise and produce independently under the guidance of our tutors. This will likely consist of a playable game concept, developed from an idea through to a playable alpha-state project. Students will explore ideas and concepts with their experienced tutors, moving through to early exploration of the Unity game engine, before spending the bulk of their time in constructing and refining their game.... [-]

United Kingdom Yarnton
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Full-time
10 - 10 weeks
Campus
exMedia

Lab.D, which stands for Laboratory for Dimensional research, is a primary facility at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, KHM for research and production of interdisciplin ... [+]

Lab.D, which stands for Laboratory for Dimensional research, is a primary facility at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, KHM for research and production of interdisciplinary projects dealing with 3D technologies and investigating space, time and play as a principal thematic field.

We are equipped to assist with conceptual grounding and idea-testing of the projects. Our scope is quite wide ranging from character animation to mobile technologies and site-specific gaming.

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Germany Cologne
October 2019
Full-time
Campus
Infopulse University Ukraine

This is a general purpose, object-oriented and high-level programming language, prevalent in many sectors. Startups, banking and finance, aerospace, high-tech, medical an ... [+]

This course is instructor-led-online. It is not like video lecture and automatic tasks results checks. You will communicate with the trainer and he will answer your questions and will correct your mistakes.

Please be sure that you have at least B2 level of English to participate this course

Course outline

Introduction to Java

Application areas. The Java platform. Features of Java. Java Virtual Machine. Java Development Kit. Java Runtime Environment. Compiling and running programs from the command line. Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Overview of popular development environments. Perspectives of using and development of the Java programming language Working with Eclipse IDE Download and installation Eclipse. Setting up a workspace. Configuring Java in Eclipse. Overview of Eclipse working environment. The concept of the project. Creation and running a simple Java application in Eclipse. Overview of program debugging. Diagnosing problems. The concept of unreachable code. Debugging programs in Eclipse. ... [-]
Ukraine Kyiv
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Online
LISAA Paris

The Entry Level year allows students to further basic theoretical, technical and methodological knowledge applicable across design disciplines and to prepare for studies ... [+]

The Entry Level year allows students to further basic theoretical, technical and methodological knowledge applicable across design disciplines and to prepare for studies in the fields of animation, special effects and video games.

It is aimed at students who have already completed a first year of further education in design (Foundation year (MANAA) or Introductory Course in Applied Arts) and who can show a satisfactory level of visual presentation skills in their portfolio.

Advantages of the Course Classes led by industry professionals High-standard technical equipment Classes centred around real projects allowing students to obtain technical skills Personalised student follow-up for the creation of their portfolio and professional project Links between different disciplines in order for students to understand the complementary relationship of different areas of expertise Entry Requirements & Application ... [-]
France Paris
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Somerset College

Succeeding in the field of Games Technology involves a combination of technical aptitude and commercial and creative know-how. That’s exactly what our degree programmes a ... [+]

Course Description

Succeeding in the field of Games Technology involves a combination of technical aptitude and commercial and creative know-how. That’s exactly what our degree programmes are intended to equip you with, meaning that you’ll stand every chance of landing your dream job once you graduate from Somerset College.

This programme incorporates our innovative use of work-based learning, to help you gain hands-on experience in professional environments during your studies. First years undertake a work placement with an employer in the games technology industry, while the second year includes a live games production project. In the past, students have worked on developing games for partners such as the NHS, Mole Valley Farmers, British Red Cross and Somerset Wildlife. ... [-]

United Kingdom Taunton
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
VanArts

At VanArts, you’ll go a long way in a short period of time. Right now, you only visualize characters and sets in 3D; learn how to move those 3D assets from your imaginati ... [+]

Course - Game Art & Design

Gaming and film calls your name; VanArts game design school helps you to answer that call.At VanArts, you’ll go a long way in a short period of time. Right now, you only visualize characters and sets in 3D; learn how to move those 3D assets from your imagination onto the screen when you attend our game design school. Discover everything about character modeling, rigging, lighting and texturing so your creations blow away the competition. And learn all this from creators currently working in the industry, right here in Vancouver, home to several gaming empires.Take your skills in traditional drawing, sculpting and concept art to a higher level by developing your game design abilities in advanced 3D techniques and production methods. At graduation, your portfolio and demo reel will showcase your game design talent, creativity and flair for working with creative teams. Until then, caring mentors will work with you to develop your confidence and networking strategies so you are ready to meet with art directors and industry recruiters.Next Start Dates... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid

Aimed at those young people who seek to develop their professional activity in the field of audiovisual production (film, television and video), videogame, 2D and 3D anim ... [+]

COURSE LANGUAGE: SPANISH

Are you impressed by the effects and animations you see in the cinema and would you like to know how they were made? This curiosity can become a profession and take you far into the animation and video game industry.

With the Higher Level Training Cycle in 3D Animations, Interactive Games and Environments , Videogames specialist, you can acquire the necessary knowledge to give life to interactive multimedia projects, generate virtual spaces and 2D and 3D animations, control postproduction processes and monitor the effects of edition. And all this while you start in the exciting world of video game design and know the latest tools needed to develop applications and games on any platform.... [-]

Spain Madrid
October 2019
Spanish (Spain)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Inter-Dec College

The Video Games program at Inter-Dec College develop the skills needed to follow every step required to produce a fully functional video game. From story conception to ch ... [+]

MONTREAL, A MAJOR HUB FOR VIDEO GAMES

A leader in the digital arts field, Inter-Dec College gives its students the opportunity to explore their creativity through the exciting world of video games. A true video game industry centre, Montreal is the ideal place to increase your knowledge in the field.

This program was created for those who wish to become professional 3D artists, modellers or animators in the video game industry.

Throughout this program, students will have the chance to use state-of-the-art software, explore virtual reality and work in teams to create their own game during a semester dedicated to replicate the industry’s reality. They will also learn to create, edit and implement different types of animation such as characters, scenery and moving or 3D images, and to model different game elements, among others skills. At the end of the semester, they will present the game to a jury of gaming industry professionals.... [-]

Canada Montreal
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Western Iowa Tech Community College Distance Education

We invite you to experience our online program in Video Game Development. The program develops skills in modeling, texturing, basic scripting, artistic knowledge, and the ... [+]

We invite you to experience our online program in Video Game Development. The program develops skills in modeling, texturing, basic scripting, artistic knowledge, and the video game pipeline. These skills will also help you to create video game assets and incorporate them in a game engine. Emphasis is placed on providing enhanced learning through teaching complex, technical concepts in an understandable way. Project based assignments are utilized to develop a professional portfolio used when applying for careers in the industry. Video game companies expect you to show them what you can do and this program is designed to build the skills necessary to do so.

Watch this video to experience a final student project produced in the program! You will be creating a portfolio of your works to use when applying for jobs.... [-]

USA Sioux City
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Online