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Game Design Diploma

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

Overview

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 software Maya and Unity
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes

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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 Maya and Unity, and create original work for your portfolio!

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Industry Qualification

Diploma

Duration

9 months

Commitment

20 hrs weekly

Skill level

Intermediate

Prerequisites

Introduction to Game Design or portfolio submission

Delivery

Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Unity, Maya, Adobe Creative Cloud

Start date

Nov 2, 2020

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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.

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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

Curriculum

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

Term 1: 12 weeks
Game Design Theory

Before you can begin building a game you need a basic understanding of game design theory. We'll look at HOW things should be designed, WHY they work, and WHAT you need to do to make a compelling game. See how a platform can change the game design in fundamental ways, and how the differences must be adapted across genres.

Don’t let the word ‘theory’ fool you! Expect to play a LOT of games in the name of research. Every great designer must know how to analyze, deconstruct and understand how each game differs and why. You'll achieve this by learning how to paper design and concept, getting the hang of writing a level design specification, and ensuring level functionality and other technical needs are met.

Learn how to:

  • Design compelling game systems, quests & objectives
  • Apply core game mechanics
  • Add visuals to enhance levels
  • Design fun 2D and 3D game levels
  1. Advanced Core Systems
  2. Advanced Player Systems
  3. Advanced NPC Systems
  4. Advanced Object Systems
  5. Advanced Combat Systems
  6. System Design for Levels
  7. Designing Level & Map Requirements
  8. Designing Story, Objectives, Quests & Missions
  9. 2D Level Map Layout
  10. 2D to 3D Level Layout in Unity
  11. Designing Enemies & Combat Scenarios in Levels
  12. Designing Objects & Interactions in Levels
Term 2: 12 weeks
Game Design Applications

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 the final term of the game design course, you’ll apply everything you’ve learned to bring your ideas to life and see if what you’ve created is indeed fun and compelling.

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.

Learn how to:

  • Design advanced game systems, maps and assets
  • Create a compelling game pitch
  • Whitebox a level in Unity
  • Execute basic scripting in a level
  1. Cross Platform Game Design Overview
  2. Differences in Mobile Game Design
  3. Porting & Redesigning Games to Mobile
  4. Mobile Game User Acquisition,
    Monetization & Free to Play
  5. Mobile Game Flow & Layout
  6. Mobile Game Interfaces
  7. Level Construction During Production
  8. Intro to Implementing Level Designs
  9. Implementing Objects & Interactive Elements
  10. Implementing Missions & Objectives
  11. NPC Spawning & Placement in Unity
  12. Advanced Level Layout in Unity
Term 3: 12 weeks
Portfolio and Career Development

This final term is about launching your career! With your mentor’s guidance, you’ll polish your best pieces for your portfolio. As a diploma student, you can access additional career development services to learn how to develop your competitive edge, market yourself, and make the best possible impression in front of employers.

Learn how to:

  • Polish your portfolio to impress employers
  • Be more confident with negotiation
  • Network & self-promote effectively
  • Tap into the hidden job market 

All diploma students receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager.

  1. Getting your career started
  2. Self-promotion
  3. Portfolio prep
  4. Payments and contracts
  5. Your first commissions
  6. Finding your audience
  7. Staff vs. freelance
  8. Developing personal projects
  9. Path of the independent artist
  10. Skill development practices
  11. Motivational guidelines
  12. Emerging art career tips
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Mentors

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

 

Monthly
$1,185 USD

(9 x payments)

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Per Term
$3,199 USD

(3 x payments)

Monthly
$1,485 USD

(9 x payments)

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Per Term
$3,999 USD

(3 x payments)

Study Pathway

Your journey to a successful career starts here

Study duration: 12 months
Game Design Pathway

We've built our courses based on industry input and focus on teaching skills studios are hiring for. The courses below form a complete study pathway designed to fast track your education so you can land your first job sooner. Each course can also be taken separately depending on your skill level and career goals.

Overview:

The Introduction to Game Design Certificate teaches you solid foundations, giving you an idea of what it takes to pursue a career in this field.

Prerequisites:

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Software: A student educational license of Unity, Maya and Adobe Creative Cloud is provided to all students for free

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Overview:

The Game Design Diploma develops your skill level further with more complex techniques and a focus on producing the high quality expected in game production.

Prerequisites:

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Software: A student educational license of Unity, Maya and Adobe Creative Cloud is provided to all students for free

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Studios that hire our students

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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