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Computer Gaming Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Computer or Video Game Designer

A career designing computer and video games may seem too good to be true, but computer gaming programs at Ontario colleges can help make it happen. Computer game design and development won’t be all fun and games, however – although you’ll get plenty of hands-on testing time, the programs still require hard work, attention to detail and the ability to think ahead.

If you have digital design skills and a passion for computer games, and you want to become a video or computer game designer, here’s what you need to know. More

Computer Gaming Courses

Computer gaming programs provide multimedia training and cover all aspects of game creation, including storytelling, design, motion capture and 3D animation. Classes in drawing and modeling teach students the core methods used to design games, which they can build on using the latest computer game design software.

Study areas include environment, game levels, texture, character and animation, as well as the influence of game culture on design and development.

Hands-on training and opportunities to meet with industry professionals help students prepare for work in the computer gaming industry. Some programs may also include a field placement.

General Computer Gaming Program Requirements

Computer gaming programs are offered as entry-level diploma programs and graduate studies certificate programs for those with training in the design field.

Entry-level programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a grade 12 English credit. Graduate studies programs require proof of formal education in the field (post-secondary degree or diploma), or a combination of education and work experience.

Students in both types of programs may be asked to submit a portfolio of their work in the visual arts or design field.

Computer Gaming Jobs and Salaries

Possible careers in the computer gaming industry include (but are not limited to):

  • Game Animator
  • Environmental Artist
  • 3D Modeller or Texture Artist
  • Character Designer
  • Quality Assurance Tester

Salaries vary depending on the position, but the average starting salary for a computer or video game designer or developer is around $31,000 per year. Positions requiring a higher level of experience will have higher salaries, ranging from $40,000 to $80,000 per year.

Ontario Colleges Offering Computer Gaming Design Programs

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Animation LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Animation


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ANIM
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Animation 2D/3D BORÉAL SUDBURY OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Animation 2D/3D


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ANIM
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Bachelor of Arts (HONOURS) Game Design (APPLY THROUGH OUAC) NIAGARA WELLAND CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Arts (HONOURS) Game Design (APPLY THROUGH OUAC)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 6800
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: COLLABORATIVE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Bachelor of Information Technology - Interactive Media Development ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Information Technology - Interactive Media Development


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: CIM
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: COLLABORATIVE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Collaborative Program With Carleton University. Apply To This Program Through The Ontario Universities' Application Centre (Ouac), Www.Ouac.On.Ca.

Show details Bachelor of Science (HONOURS) Game Programming (APPLY THROUGH OUAC) NIAGARA WELLAND CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Science (HONOURS) Game Programming (APPLY THROUGH OUAC)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 6801
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: COLLABORATIVE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Digital Design - Game Design GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Digital Design - Game Design


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: G405
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Game Art and Animation SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Art and Animation


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GAA
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Game Art and Animation SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Game Art and Animation


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GAA
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Game Art and Design CENTENNIAL STORY ARTS CENTRE WAITLISTED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Art and Design


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 6422
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Game Development ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Development


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 3013X01F
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Game Development DURHAM OSHAWA OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Development


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GDEV
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Game Development GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Development


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: G109
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Game Development GEORGE BROWN ST JAMES CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Game Development


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: G109
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Game Development NIAGARA WELLAND CAMPUS WAITLISTED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Development


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0441
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Game Development - Advanced Programming FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Development - Advanced Programming


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GDP1
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Requires A Degree Or College Diploma. Refer To The Fanshawe Website (Www.Fanshawec.Ca) Or Program Guide For Specific Admission Requirements.

Show details Game Development Advanced Programming SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) WAITLISTED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Development Advanced Programming


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PGDAP
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Game Development Technician ST. LAWRENCE CORNWALL WAITLISTED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Development Technician


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1067
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Game Level Design SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) WAITLISTED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Level Design


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PGLDS
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Game Programming GEORGE BROWN CASA LOMA CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Game Programming


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: T163
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Game Programming GEORGE BROWN CASA LOMA CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Game Programming


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: T163
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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