Game Design Diploma

Become a video game designer and turn your passion for games into a career


Learn game design from the experts

Expert game design career training and 1-on-1 mentorship

Building on your fundamental game design skills, it's time to create more elaborate video games. Using AAA case studies, learn to build immersive game levels and interfaces, combine different gameplay systems to create more engaging experiences, and discover what it takes to launch a successful game.

Why study game design at CG Spectrum:

  • Approved Blizzard Entertainment training partner
  • Learn from game experts with real-world experience
  • Train on industry-standard Unreal Engine 4
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes


Dive deeper into the exciting world of games with CG Spectrum's comprehensive game design course. You'll learn advanced level design techniques, take on fun and challenging projects each week, and build the job skills you need to become a valued asset a game studio.

As an online game dev school, we're here to ensure you gain speed and confidence with industry-leading software Unreal Engine 4, and create original work for your portfolio!

Industry Qualification


Study duration

9 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Introduction to Game Design or portfolio submission


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Unreal Engine 4, Photoshop

Start date

Jul 5, 2021

Why study with us

The most comprehensive game design course to get you studio-ready

Our expert-led courses prepare you for an exciting career in the video game industry. Turn your passion for games into a career and build practical job skills studios are looking for.

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from mentors who have worked on best-selling games

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical, relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Options to help you pursue your passion and start working sooner


Industry-approved curriculum to launch your career as a game designer

Term 1: 12 weeks
Designing and Implementing Game Systems

It's very easy for game designers to get wrapped up in design theories and ideas. But most game ideas need to be touched, felt, played and tested sooner rather than later. In this term, you’ll learn how to bring your ideas to life and find out what goes into making a fun and compelling game.

Great ideas are a dime a dozen, being able to execute them well is more important. Using the concepts, processes and theories you’ve learned so far, you’ll learn how to validate and express your ideas then apply your new skills and knowledge of level and game systems design to tackle more complex level design problems and areas by creating your own playable game prototype in Unreal.

Portfolio projects: UE4 beautiful corner prototype. 

Expect to:

  • Design advanced game systems, maps and assets
  • Create a compelling game pitch
  • Learn how to use the Unreal Engine to design and build games
  • Whitebox a level in Unreal Engine 4
  • Create a small beautiful game prototype in Unreal 4
  1. Core Systems
  2. Implementing Gameplay
  3. Player Systems
  4. Systems in Levels
  5. Polishing
  6. Combat Systems
  7. Level Design
  8. Designing Systems in Levels
  9. Level Layout
  10. Implementing Levels
  11. NPC Systems
  12. Characters & Animations
Term 2: 12 weeks
Designing and Creating Shooters

Action and combat are an important part of many different games and genres. This term is about learning how to design and create great AAA combat and action games for PC and consoles. You'll take all of the theory and basic understanding of the Unreal engine which you have learned in previous terms and really learn how to apply it to make an incredible game that you can show off in your portfolio.

Take your game from idea to designing the game systems, to designing a fun level, to implementing it in Unreal so that others can play it using our custom toolkit for Unreal. You'll have all the assets and tools you need to build a game, even if you are not an artist or programmer.

Portfolio projects: Shooter project GDD, UE4 shooter project prototype.

Expect to:

  • Create compelling game worlds which can create franchises, not just games.
  • Design and create amazing combat in action games
  • Understand how to implement complex AI in Unreal
  • Design and implement complex objects in the game which players can use
  • Create a shooter portfolio project in Unreal Engine 4
  1. Worldbuilding
  2. Stories to Quests
  3. Landscapes
  4. Combat in Levels
  5. 2D Level Map Layout
  6. FPS Prototyping
  7. AI in Levels
  8. FPS Implementation
  9. Object Systems
  10. Implementing Objects
  11. Interactions In Levels
  12. Player Gameplay
Term 3: 12 weeks
Designing and Creating Multiplayer Games

Multiplayer games are much harder to create as players will play them over and over again.  And when humans compete against each other, there are lots of possible problems and edge cases to consider.

This term is about learning how to design and build multiplayer game systems and levels. You'll discover how to apply the theories and applications in single player design you have previously learned and use them to create complex multiplayer games where multiple players can play with or against each other online. 

Portfolio projects: Shooter project GDD, UE4 shooter project prototype.

Expect to:

  • Design multiplayer games
  • Design and build multiplayer levels
  • Design team-based multiplayer games
  • Create a multiplayer game portfolio project in Unreal Engine 
  1. Multiplayer Design
  2. Multiplayer Gameplay System Design
  3. Multiplayer Level Design Concepts
  4. Multiplayer Systems
  5. Multiplayer Prototype
  6. Team-Based Game Design Concepts
  7. Team-Based Level Design Concepts
  8. Creating MP Levels
  9. Balance & Tuning MP Levels
  10. Multiplayer Modes
  11. Testing & Building Multiplayer
  12. Finalizing the MP Project

Get direct access to seasoned game designers with years of experience

To be the best, learn from the best. Game design classes are taught by mentors who have worked with major game studios all over the world.

Study Options

Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn
Study Options

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


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Our commitment to job-outcomes and focus on career development has helped graduates find work at studios all over the world.

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