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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Honours Bachelor of Game Design

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

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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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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

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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.

  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    GAME13796 Game Design 1: Foundations of Game Design 3
    GAME14777 Introduction to Design Thinking 2
    GAME18263 Game Writing: Narrative Skills for Game Content Development              3
    GAME14645 Introduction to Game Studies 3
    GAME12805 Programming for Game Designers 1: Fundamentals 3
    ENGL17889GD Composition and Rhetoric 3
    Total: 17
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    GAME17083 Game Design 2: Play Design 3
    GAME11738 Team Project: Design and Development Cycle 2
    GAME19207 Non-Linear Storytelling for Game Designers 3
    GAME10561 Game Asset Creation 1: Art, Animation and Integration 3
    GAME15738 Programming for Game Designers 2: Systems and Game Engine Scripting 3
      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
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    GAME27748 Game Design 4: Data and Design 3
    GAME21468 Design Practice 2: Game Project: Production and Testing 2
    GAME29207 Level Design 2: Principles of Level Design 3
    GAME22243 Game Asset Creation 3: Game Feel and Aesthetics 3
    GAME23550 Programming for Game Designers 4: Artificial Intelligence 3
      Breadth Elective  3
    Total: 17
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    GAME37183 Game Design 5: Game Economies 3
    GAME31208 Design Practice 3: Gamification Project – Design Research 2
    GAME30835 Level Design 3: Applications of Level Design 3
    Breadth Elective  3
      Complete ONE (1) of the following three (3) courses:
    GAME39750 Advanced Topics in Game Programming 3
    GAME32146 Advanced Topics in Game Art 3
    GAME31234  Advanced Topics in Narrative Design 3
    Total: 14
    COWT10023 Co-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 Principles of Business and Entrepreneurship for Games 3
    GAME37779 Designing with Alternate Controllers 3
    GAME30001  Advanced Topics: Sound Design for Games 3
    Total: 14
    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

Courses subject to change.

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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 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

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Co-op

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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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Degree Completion

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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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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 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 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 2022–2023 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.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$9,624.55
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$20,924.55

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:

International Entrance Scholarship

All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL excluded) in Spring 2022, Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

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 27, 2022. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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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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Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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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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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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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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Computer Science Specializations

In our Honours Bachelor of Computer Science program, you'll learn foundational skills that prepare you to work in any area of computer science. But you’ll also have the chance to specialize in one of four emerging fields that interests you the most.

In the first year of the program, you’ll be introduced to each of these four fields: cloud computing, data analytics, game engineering, and network engineering.

Then, you’ll focus your studies on your selected specialization. You’ll take eight courses in your specialization of choice, gaining specific skills that are not taught in traditional diploma and degree programs. Your computer science specialization will give you a competitive advantage when you graduate.

You can specialize in one of the following fields:

  • Get a deeper understanding of cloud computing — the delivery of computing system resources such as software, databases, servers, data storage, and more — over the Internet. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of private, hybrid or public cloud delivery.

    Specialized Courses
    • Internet of Things
    • Storage Systems
    • Virtualization
    • Cloud Infrastructure
    • Distributed & Parallel Computing
    • Security & Privacy in the Cloud
    • Cloud Economics
    • Cloud Monitoring & Governance
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Cloud Software Engineer: Develop large-scale production clouds.
    • Cloud Developer: Create new cloud services and improve current cloud products.
    • Cloud Automation Specialist: Design and implement automated technologies and processes that support your employer’s cloud offerings.
    • Cloud Architect: Use software development and information technology skills to build hybrid DevOp platforms that leverage your employer’s web services, cloud and on-premise data centres.
    • Systems Administrator – Cloud Operations: Automate, organize, monitor and maintain all of your employer’s cloud-based systems.
    • Cloud Services Adviser: Sell and market various cloud solutions, such as Office 365 or Watson analytics.
  • Learn how to apply statistical analysis, data mining and other advanced techniques to draw new and useful insights from large data sets. Confidently interpret and share information about the data patterns you discover.

    Specialized Courses
    • Business Processes
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 1
    • Big Data Management & Processing
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 2
    • Data Warehouse Design & Implementation
    • Machine Learning Techniques
    • Data Mining
    • Business Communication
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Data Scientist: Perform data analysis and develop and implement predictive models.
    • Data Architect: Design and implement big data solutions that support the Data Warehouse Environment (DWE).
    • Data Analyst: Apply current technologies, concepts and methodologies to build development projects that integrate various data sources.
    • Data Developer: Use Big Data architectures to migrate data from various databases, implement latest technologies and meet functional and technical requirements.
    • Big Data Platform Engineer: Design, build and administer platforms that combine several big data applications and utilities within a single solution.
  • Master the algorithmic, programming and mathematical techniques used to develop software components for computer games.

    Specialized Courses
    • Gameplay Programming 1
    • Game Engine Architecture
    • Gameplay Programming 2
    • Computer Graphics & Animation
    • Artificial Intelligence for Games
    • Game Tools and Data-Driven Design
    • Multiplayer Games
    • Games in Emerging Technologies & Hardware
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Game Developer: Design new games, including art and animation, or write programs to implement a game.
    • Gameplay Programmer: Enhance computer games with gameplay features that improve the user experience.
  • Learn the specialized skills needed to plan, construct, optimize and manage the computer networks that businesses and organizations rely on every day.

    Specialized Courses
    • IP Engineering 1
    • Network Access Technologies
    • Network Service Applications
    • IP Engineering 2
    • Enterprise Network Operations
    • IP Engineering 3
    • Emerging Topics in Networking
    • Internet Core Technologies
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Network Engineer: Design, install, maintain and support computer networks.
    • Data Network Services: Troubleshoot computer network performance issues, analyze network traffic, plan capacity solutions and ensure service readiness.
    • Network Quality Assurance Engineer: Perform manual and automatic quality assurance testing for networks.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

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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

Honours Baccalaureate Degree
Start date Campus Status
Sep 2022 Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville) Waitlisted

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