Game Design and Development in Canada

Game design

Different colleges in Canada offer programs with a focus on game design, among which the Niagara College, Durham College, Centennial College, and others.

Programs and Courses

Institutions of higher education feature programs with a focus on digital design, game design, animation and classical animation, game art, game development, and others. The Centennial College offers an advancement program in game development and design to students who want to pursue a career as a 3D designer, video or web game developer, or junior game designer. The Nova Scotia Community College also offers a game development program that teaches students programming, sound, animation, video, and visual design skills. Courses focus on visual effects, motion capture, 3D modeling, and more. Students who successfully complete the program work in the video and interactive game industries, television, design studios, and the digital industry. The list of core courses includes introduction to programming, sequential art, introduction to visual effects, sound design, and others. The Toronto Film School also features a program in video game design and development to help students explore different areas, including sound and audio, production, interface development, game design, and more. The curriculum includes a number of core courses such as game debugging and testing, history of video games, and principles of art and design.

Students explore different topics and themes, including mobile game development, cross platform programming, and others. Seneca College features a program in game art and animation with a duration of two semesters. Students master different techniques and skills, including game engine integration, texturing, animation, modelling, and a lot more. The curriculum covers a wide selection of topics and courses such as production design, animation, lighting and rendering, advanced modeling concepts, etc. Fanshawe College in Ontario runs a program in video game design and development and offers a 3-year advanced diploma to students who want to pursue a career as a storyboard artist, conceptual and texture artist, animator, modeler, or audio designer. Graduates also work as level designers and character designers. The list of core curriculum courses covers character design anatomy, animation, communications for media, and modelling, among others. Finally, the Niagara College also offers an advanced diploma with a focus on game development. Students learn more about artificial intelligence development, lighting design, character and environment modeling, and software production and development. They also learn about GUI design, special arts effects, and content design.

Conferences, Themes, Workshops, and Events

The Canadian Games Conference was first held in 2011 in Vancouver and covered topics such as social and mobile phone games, programming, game design, and others. The conference organized by the Canadian Game Studies Association covered a wide list of topics and areas, including players and avatars, space and time, design considerations, sociopolitical games, and many others. In 2017, the themes and topics covered include emergent player practices, death, trauma, and loss, gaming masculinities, simulating systems, and many others. Unwaged and retired members and students pay a reduced fee. The Ottawa International Game Conference brings together hundreds of game design and development professionals and features public events, speaker sessions, and workshops. The goal of the conference is to offer a glimpse into new technologies and games, share best practices, and build long-lasting relationships. Featured themes include starting a studio, designing games for youth, texturizing applications, mobile adverts monetarization and their future, and many others. The External Development Summit is yet another event with a focus on gaming, QA and localization, software engineering, audio, animation, art, and a lot more.