Game Design for Beginners Short Course

Do you have a passion for games? Want to make the switch from gamer to Video Game Designer? Maybe you have some great game ideas in your head, but don’t know how to turn your ideas into an actual playable game?

Knowing where to start can be a bit overwhelming, and understanding exactly what game design is and where you want to fit in the game development pipeline can be confusing. But don’t worry we’ve got you covered!

Introduction to Game Design Overview

CG Spectrum has created this Introduction to Game Design course to give anyone who thinks they want to become a Game Designer an overview of what it is really like to design a video game at an AAA game company. This introduction course will teach the fundamental theory of game design, while also teaching hands-on skills in system design and level design to help you land your dream job designing games.

  • Learn the basics of game design through systems and mechanics
  • Understand different job roles and team structures in game design
  • Deconstruct your favorite games to reveal intricate design decisions
  • Dive right in and start designing and building your own game world!

Over the course of 12 weeks you'll get an in-depth look at what it takes to become a Game Designer and get clear on where to focus your energy as your pursue your game design career. 

The Introduction to Game Design course can be taken in a small group or as a one-on-one mentorship. Whichever you choose, know that your mentor will take a personal interest in your future success and guarantee an educational experience like no other.

This course can be used as credit towards the Game Design Diploma.

Start Date

October 5th, 2020

Duration

3 Months

Delivery Method

Customized video lessons, weekly online classes via Zoom along with recorded feedback, e-mail support and a student community

Software

A free student educational license of Unity, Maya and Adobe Creative Cloud is provided to all students

Course Load

20hrs/week

Skill Level

Beginner

Prerequisites

Course Curriculum

Introduction to System Design

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Every game is a series of game mechanics or game systems that work individually or together to make a game fun and engaging. As a Game Designer, you'll begin to understand that EVERYTHING in a game is a conscious choice made with intent. 

In this course, you'll learn what game mechanics and game systems are, how they are designed, and the full scope of a Game Designer's job. This is a very high-level introduction to video game design which should give you a basic understanding of the various types of games and how they are designed.


Learn how to:

  • Deconstruct and analyze video games
  • Design and create interesting game systems
  • Communicate your design ideas effectively
  • Design gameplay systems for different genres
  • Add compelling gameplay into a world’s design

Weekly Breakdown

Introduction to System Design

  1. Introduction to Game Systems
  2. System Design
  3. Communication
  4. Development Process
  5. Game Genres
  6. Designing Gameplay Systems

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

Introduction to Level Design

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Find out what a Level Designer does, the theory behind level design, world building and creation, and how to successfully turn your concept into a prototype. Expect a mix of theory, paper design, concepting and hands-on practice with level design implementation using editors.

Uncover the secrets of what makes a level fun, how to incorporate storytelling and visual appeal, and dig into the technical aspects of building and scripting levels in a game engine. Learn what a Level Designer at a AAA game company does, and start building your toolbox of level making skills!


Learn how to:

  • Develop efficient prototyping processes 
  • Use visual design to enhance gameplay
  • Develop your scripting skills
  • Create a level with a gameplay system
  • Design single and multiplayer games

Weekly Breakdown

Introduction to Level Design

  1. Introduction to Level Design
  2. Single Player Design
  3. Technical Design
  4. Visual Design
  5. Multiplayer Design
  6. World Building

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

LOOK INSIDE

HOW IT WORKS?

Meet Your Mentors

Troy Dunniway

Troy Dunniway

Dept. Head of Game Development

Known for

Resistance: Fall of Man

Michael Cameron

Michael Cameron

Mentor of Game Design

Known for

Distant Star: Revenant Fleet

Heath Smith

Heath Smith

Mentor of Game Design

Known for

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Andrejs Verlis

Andrejs Verlis

Mentor of Game Design

Known for

Far Cry 5

The CG Spectrum Advantage

Flexible Scheduling

Whether studying full-time or working around a busy schedule, CG Spectrum’s virtual learning model allows you to study when you want, where you want.

Industry Mentors

Learn from highly experienced and passionate mentors who are actively working in the industry on major feature films and AAA video games.

Job Ready Skills

Our specialized, custom-built digital art courses and hands-on teaching method ensure the skills you gain are exactly those that studios are looking for.

Payment Plans

Your education is an investment. We offer various payment options to help you pursue your passion, hone your craft, and start working sooner.

Ready to Start Something Great?

Tuition & Study Options

Small Class Option

If you enjoy learning with others and sharing ideas, small group classes are for you! Fun, engaging and capped at 5 students max, this is an affordable way to learn game design from a top industry mentor. Ideal if you thrive in a collaborative environment and would like to start building your peer network while you learn. While there is some flexibility with class times, if your schedule is rather busy, consider 1-on-1 mentorship.

MONTHLY

$1180 USD

3 x payments

 

UPFRONT

$3225 USD

1 x payments

(Save 10%)

1-On-1 Private Option

Progress faster with 1-on-1 mentorship! Private tuition offers a higher level of individual attention and more flexibility to schedule classes around work and family commitments. Your mentor can also customize the game design course based on your particular strengths and interests. This option is perfect for those looking to change careers to get into the industry, or established artists looking to upskill or change specialties.

MONTHLY

$1485 USD

3 x payments

 

UPFRONT

$4050 USD

1 x payments

(Save 10%)

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