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Introduction to Video Game Design

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The Introductory certificate course in Video Game Design welcomes aspiring Game Designers to experience the exciting world of Video Games.

Type: Online Certificate
Cost: $499 CAD (includes application fee of $125)
Level: Beginner
Duration: 1 month
Start Dates: Jan, Apr, Jul, Sep.
Admission Requirements: None

Course Description

Welcome to the exciting world of Video Game Design.  In this introductory Video Game Design Online Certificate Course you will learn why Game Designers play such an important role in the Interactive and Video Game Industries.  Their mission is to set a game structure to connect with their audience. Video Game Designers are in the first stages of the studio pipeline, they are studying real life simulations for the next best-selling game.  This is an introductory online Video Game Design Certificate Course.


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.


Delivery Methods

  • Award Winning Proprietary Online Campus
  • Studio Setting (20% Theory, 80% Practice)
  • Weekly Live Sessions (Synchronous)
  • Access 24/7 to Online Campus (Asynchronous 24 hrs, 7 days a week)
  • 15:1 Student Ratio
  • 1:1 Personalized Critiques


Class Times, Assignments & Workload

  • Classes are delivered Online
  • Weekly Live Classes scheduled on your time preferences provided in your application
  • Weekly Assignments (Four assignments total)
  • Assignments Workload: 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Weekly 1 on 1 personalized critiques (4 critiques total)
  • Total hours of instruction: 7 hours
  • Total hours of assignments: 40 - 80 hours



Course Outline

What is a game?
What is a player?
Basics of Storytelling
Player Challenges and Creating Rules

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



Who should attend this class?

Aspiring video game designers, people that demonstrate problem solving skills, people that like to create, entertain and have a wild imagination.  People with the ability to convey their game ideas through game engine software.


Software needed

Word processing software, PDF reader,  Spreadsheet software


System Requirements


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program the student will have a basic understanding of Video Game Design. Students will have gone through the basic process of game design; all in their own personal  style.



Credits of this course can be used towards our Diploma Programs within six months of completion.


Academic Credential

A Vancouver Animation School Certificate is a short term duration but specialized training program.  We are a studio school (20% theory 80% hands on).  Students will graduate with a Certificate credential.



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