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Introduction to Video Game Design

This Introductory certificate course welcomes aspiring video game designers to experience the creation process of digital interactive computer games for the Video Games industries.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Creative ability70%
Technical ability30%

Program Description

This course teaches students how to design interactive digital entertainment. They will study game design theory, including system design, gameplay design and level design, economics, rewards and monetization. Students will be introduced to tools used by professional designers. Video Game Design students learn how to design, test and polish their own games.

Fully Accredited

This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), designated under the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (BCEQA), the Ministry of Advanced Education and listed under the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC).

What does accreditation mean?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.

Admission Requirements

None.  This is a beginners course.

Who should attend this program?

Beginners, Aspiring game designers, people that like to create interactive entertainment with a good technical understanding, must enjoy using computer game engine software. Artists that like to design and create strategies with a wild imagination. Artists that are intrigued of the behind the scenes work done in the video games industry.

Who is our target student?

Beginners, Aspiring game designers who are deeply passionate about digital interactive entertainment.  Artists who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

At VANAS, we believe in the power of simplicity to succeed, focusing on your strengths is our philosophy.

Who is not our target student?

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.  We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize their strengths.

Class Times, Assignments and Workload

  • Classes are delivered 100% online
  • Small class sizes
  • 1 live sessions per week, one hour per session
  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Schedules are assembled by time zone; applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.  We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.

Program Outline

Week Code Name of Course Assignment workload
 1
INGAME-100 
What is a game?
15-20 hours
       
2 INGAME-200 
What is a player?
15-20 hours
       
3
INGAME-300 Storytelling in games
15-20 hours
       
4
INGAME-400 Player challenge & rules
15-20 hours
       

Please note that in order to pass the course, all assignments have to be successfully completed and submitted on time.

Required Materials

Internet

  • Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs
  • Internet broadband / High Speed connection


Software

  • Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software
  • Academic discounts are available to our students

Recommended Books

  • Characteristics of Games by George Elias
  • Half Real by Jesper Juul

Next Start Date:

Starts on Jan 8, 2018 - Application Deadline: 12.15.2017 12:00 2 Days

System Requirements

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Windows
Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player
Apple Mac OSX
Processor: G5 / Intel
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Software Requirements

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Your tuition is protected

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The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act, and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

VANAS has equipped me with a strong understanding of my profession and has given me a good base to continue to work upon. The teachers were absolute gems and really pushed me when I needed it. I really enjoyed the fact that they are working professionals that gave me the tools, knowledge, and confidence I needed for a continuously updating industry.

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27-5490 Byrne Rd., Burnaby BC, V5J 3J1, Vancouver, Canada

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