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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Honours Bachelor of Game Design

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

Join the next generation of game designers.

Program Overview

A program incorporating material from multiple disciplines

To complement core game design courses, you'll study:

  • Game design and mechanics
  • Level design
  • Programming and technology
  • Game narrative and audio
  • 2D and 3D art and animation
  • Professional development and project management

Professors with industry experience

As a world-renowned leader in digital media and animation, Sheridan is uniquely positioned to educate the next generation of game designers. Our professors' expertise, technology savvy, and industry experience offer students an unmatched foundation for careers in the game design industry.

Real-world experience

Game Design courses focus on providing applied, real-world skill development. Assignments and class work focus on case studies, simulations and lab projects. Students will also complete a Co-op Work Term within the industry. The final semesters in the program are project-based, in which students work in teams to develop a game.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    GAME13796 Game Design 1: Foundations of Game Design3
    GAME14777 Introduction to Design Thinking2
    GAME18263 Narrative Skills for Game Designers 3
    GAME14645Introduction to Game Studies 3
    GAME12805 Programming for Game Designers 1: Fundamentals3
    ENGL17889GD Composition and Rhetoric3
    Total:17
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    GAME17083Game Design 2: Play Design3
    GAME11738 Team Project: Design and Development Cycle2
    GAME19207 Non Linear Storytelling For Game Designers3
    GAME10561Game Asset Creation 1: Art, Animation and Integration 3
    GAME15738 Programming for Game Designers 2: Planning Systems and Game Engine Scripting3
     Breadth Elective 3
    Total:17
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    GAME21723Game Design 3: Systems3
    GAME21662Design Practice 1: Game Project – Planning and Documentation2
    GAME27900Level Design 1: Foundations of Level Design3
    GAME25490Game Asset Creation 2: Modelling, Texturing and Animation3
    GAME28567Programming for Game Designers: Motion3
     Breadth Elective 3
    Total:17
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    GAME27748Game Design 4: Data and Design3
    GAME21468Design Practice 2: Game Project – Production and Testing2
    GAME29207Level Design 2: Principles of Level Design3
    GAME22243Game Asset Creation 3: Game Feel and Aesthetics3
    GAME23550Programming for Game Designers 4: Artificial Intelligence3
     Breadth Elective 3
    Total:17
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    GAME37183Game Design 5: Game Economies3
    GAME31208Design Practice 3: Gamification Project – Research, Design and Pre-production2
    GAME30835Level Design 3: Applications of Level Design3
    Breadth Elective 3
     Complete ONE (1) of the following three (3) courses:
    GAME39750Advanced Topics in Game Programming3
    GAME32146Advanced Topics in Game Art3
    GAME31234 Advanced Topics in Narrative Design3
    Total:14
    COWT10023Co-op Work Forum 
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    GAME31469 Game Design 6: Game Design Patterns 3
    GAME31816 Design Practice 4: Gamification Product – Production, Data, Analytics 2
    GAME39275 Player Engagement: UX and Social Network Design 3
    Breadth Elective 3
    Complete ONE (1) of the following three (3) courses:
    GAME34750 Business Models and Project Entrepreneurship for Games 3
    GAME37779 Experiments in Physical Computing for Games 3
    GAME30001  Advanced Topics: Sound Design for Games 3
    Total: 16
    COWT 18888 Co-op Work Term (Degree Programs)
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    GAME43796 Capstone Design Seminar Studio Practice 1 9
    GAME43557 Professional Profile Development 1: Design Research 3    
      Breadth Elective  3    
    Total: 15
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    GAME49999 Capstone Design Seminar: Studio Practice 2 9
    GAME43324 Professional Profile Development 2: Portfolio 3
      Breadth Elective  3
    Total: 15

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)

plus

  • Grade 12 Math (U)
  • Four other Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level
  • Minimum 65% overall average

or

  • Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with minimum 65% overall average

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the assessment of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses) and the results of a portfolio assessment. A portfolio fee is required with submission.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

Ministry Consent

Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting January 13, 2020 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Game Design program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Career Opportunities

Demand for game designers is on the rise in Ontario’s ever-growing video game industry. With a bachelor of game design degree from Sheridan, graduates will be well equipped to find meaningful work in the game industry.

Here are some jobs you might find:

  • Game Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Systems Designer
  • Artist and Designer
  • Mobile or App Developer
  • User Experience Designer for Games
  • Interface Designer
  • Quality Assurance Playtester

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Co-op

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Degree Completion

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Learning Outcomes

Game Art & Design

By the end of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Apply techniques and methods in the production of a diverse portfolio of industry-standard game-art animation assets, game prototypes ad documents.
  • Create compelling game content for multiple gaming applications, including triple-A, serious, casual and mobile games, utilizing industry-standard tools and software.
  • Implement game assets to execute the production of a game within a team setting.

Business & Theory

By the end of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the appropriate skills necessary for proper project production planning and management of computer and video games.
  • Deploy a comprehensive knowledge of the historical, cultural, sociological and psychological aspects of computer games to engage with an audience.
  • Lead, or participate in an interdisciplinary team-oriented game production project.
  • Engage with gaming industry best practices to enable and entrepreneurial position in the gaming marketplace.

Computation & Technology

By the end of this program, the student will:

  • Deploy technology as a discipline, understanding its relationship to other disciplines and its implications and impact on the individual, society and the future.
  • Utilize the basic principles of computer science, mathematics, physics and other technical skills necessary for the design of computer games.
  • Adapt the new technologies and environments, and quickly learn new skills and methodologies.

Game Narrative

By the end of this program the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Design within the framework of an overall narrative structure to create interesting plots, subplots and gameplay for an area or level.
  • Develop game design solutions having significant theoretical, narrative, perceptual and aesthetic coherence.
  • Evaluate the degree to which a game can be intuitively engaged by a user.

Game Development

By the end of this program the student demonstrate the ability to:

  • Participate creatively in every level of game development from initial design to publishing.
  • Manage the production of a computer game, allocating resources and developing an effective and efficient schedule, budget and milestone plan to develop the game.
  • Communicate orally, graphically and in writing, employing the professional skills and techniques used in the design, development and documentation of computer games.

Critical Thinking & Analysis

By the end of this program, the student will show:

  • The development of critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, written, and oral communication.
  • More than introductory knowledge in humanities, sciences, social sciences, global cultures, and/or mathematics.
  • Knowledge of society and culture, and skills relevant to civic engagement.
  • More than introductory knowledge of the distinctive assumptions and modes of analysis of a discipline outside the core field(s) of study.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Internship

This program contains a mandatory internship for all students during the winter semester (January–April) between the 5th and 6th academic semesters (3rd Year).

Internships are a form of work-integrated learning that links classroom learning with work experience within a professional environment. Internship work terms are related to the academic studies of the student and may be paid or unpaid. The work terms provide an opportunity to learn by doing. You’ll apply theory to practice, develop a meaningful view of the working world, and cultivate an awareness of yourself as a professional.

Students receive in-class and 1-on-1 career education support to help prepare for the Internship. The Internship component is delivered by Sheridan’s Co-operative Education Office, which facilitates over 1800 Co-op/Internship work terms per year Sheridan-wide.

Learn more about Cooperative Education and Internships at Sheridan.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

For Canadian Students

The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website. For English Language Studies, depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

For International Students

The fees shown here are for Fall 2021, and are subject to change. The English Language Studies program is offered to international students in 7-week sessions. The fees displayed are for each 7-week session and include tuition and health insurance. Depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$9,512.05
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$20,829.05

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Full-time 4 years Program code: PBGDS

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