Be a Game Designer
Become the creator of a world with endless possibilities.
Become the creator of a world with endless possibilities.
As a game designer, you are involved in the creation of a game from concept to final product. You’ll be in charge of all artistic decisions of the game from big picture, to the smallest detail. You’ll be responsible for creating all of the rules of the game, creating the story, and managing your team efficiently. In this one year Video Game Design program, you’ll develop and learn all the skills you need to get started working in this bustling and growing industry.
The Videogame Design Intensive provides students with training and practical knowledge in the field of game design for videogames. It is designed to give the student an entry level knowledge in how to design videogames, giving them the necessary foundation for being hired as Junior Game Designers inside of the videogame industry. All courses taught within the program will be instructed by working professionals, currently employed in their area of expertise, ensuring that all students learn the most up to date industry standards techniques being used in the industry today. Guest Speakers from throughout the industry will share first hand knowledge of their experiences and present students with numerous opportunities to network. Going beyond technical theory, this program will place considerable emphasis on arming students with everything they need to know about getting employment in the animation industry, ensuring that our students can swiftly move from school to the studio soon after graduation.
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The Videogame Design Intensive prepares students for careers as professional videogame designers, working in the videogame industry. The skills acquired are also advantageous for careers in QA and Project Management, both inside, and out of the games industry. This program has been designed to deliver “all killer, no filler” industry-standard training that will make students employable and competitive upon graduation.
At the end of this program students will have both the tools and real world experience to be able to perform the role of a junior game designer. They will know entry level skills in a variety of game design disciplines. They will graduate with the basic business skills required to gain employment in professional studios or even create their own small game development company.
Over a period of 48 weeks, students in The Videogame Design program will experience a dynamic 952 hour program of classroom instruction.
To qualify for SchoolCreative Full Time Training in the Videogame Design Intensive, applicants must;
Have Graduated from Grade 12 or equivalent (BC high school diploma, BC Adult Graduation Diploma, General Educational Development (GED)), or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction; or have mature student status (age 19 prior to the start of classes) and demonstrated competence at the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy, comprehension and/or written skills to enable success in the program.
Applicants will be interviewed and given a short aptitude test, testing their basic problem solving skills.
Applicants with mature students status, and/or students whose first language is not English, below are the minimum scores required from any one of the following tests in English proficiency: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge. If necessary, we may also require a telephone or in-person interview.
Our game design programs have one intake per year occurring in September. This 52 week program runs Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:30 pm with classes scheduled in varying blocks of either 9:00 am – 1:30pm or 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm. We are always accepting applications for upcoming terms, please find start dates below.
SchoolCreative also adheres to all provincial and federal holidays, for more information as well as a full list of British Columbian statutory holidays, please see our Statutory Holidays page.
You’ve grown up with a videogame controller in hand, and nobody appreciates the medium more than you. You’ve got a mind full of big ideas and you’re ready to put them into play. The world’s next great video game is set to launch from the depths of your imagination.
School Creative offers two distinct programs. One geared for future programmers, the other catering to the game designers of tomorrow.
48 weeks and 960 hours of course time: this is what stands between you and a rewarding career doing exactly what you want to do. SchoolCreative is confident anyone with a passion for the industry will love what happens during the in-between.
You’ll learn from some of the best in the business. SchoolCreative’s facilities are ideally suited for optimizing the learning experience. We also happen to be situated in the perfect community for job prospects.
Vancouver is an established hub in the gaming field. Electronic Arts (The Sims 4), Capcom (Dead Rising 3), Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes) and United Front Games (Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition) all call Vancouver home, and that’s just a handful of the names on a lengthy list.
SchoolCreative is here to help you in your quest to master the techniques required for landing the perfect gaming job.
329 video game companies currently operate in Canada, employing over 16,500 employees
Over 800 animation, digital film, VFX, video game, mobile content companies in Vancouver alone ($3 billion industry)
The Global game market will be worth over $103 billion by 2017
Writers, Actors, Animators, Photographers and Game Designers; SchoolCreative’s instructors come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Our talented faculty are more than just instructors, they’re working artists who are all currently excelling in their respective fields in Vancouver and beyond. Whatever discipline you may find yourself interested in pursuing, our mentors are keen to share with you their first hand experiences as working as artists in today’s creative arts industries. Check out our Faculty page to see what our instructors have accomplished.
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