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Game Development

Game Development

Game Development

Game Development

Game Development

This program offers a well-balanced education in every aspect of the game development process. There is an enormous difference between playing games and creating them, and this program is designed to teach you how to convert your love of gameplay and artistry into a lucrative career. The experience and knowledge gained in the Game Development program at Durham College has given graduates the edge in landing careers in industry-leading game studios.

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Program Description

This program was developed with input from veterans in the digital entertainment industry and continues to garner enthusiastic support from studios and professional artists across the country. All of our professors come from that industry and are ready to share their knowledge and experience with you. The focus of this program is 2- and 3-D game prototyping.

You will explore environmental and level design, employing modelling, texturing, lighting techniques and real-time effects through 3-D gaming. You will develop sprite-based games using scripting and design through 2-D gaming. All of your work will be supported by a foundation in animating, concept art and pre-production.

You will gain a solid base in the skills needed to explore new technology and software with confidence including courses in:

  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Film
  • Theory

Industry context is also strongly emphasized though a History of Games course. As a graduate, you will enter the industry with strong technical and creative ability, a realistic understanding of the world of games and a keen sense of professionalism.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Visual arts credits (recommended)
  • Portfolio of work
  • Interview (may be required)

Additional requirements

In addition to the academic requirements, admission to this program requires the submission of a personal profile and a portfolio of artwork. The purpose of the portfolio is to allow students to demonstrate their drawing and creative ability. There are several free portfolio information sessions to attend designed to help in understanding how to put a portfolio together.

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Career Options


  • 3D generalist
  • 3D modeller
  • Animator for games
  • Concept artist
  • Environment artist
  • Game developer
  • Level designer
  • Pre-production artist
  • Surfacing artist
  • Quality assurance technician
  • Technical artist


  • Gaming studios
  • Animation studios
  • Digital production companies
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Course List & Descriptions

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$250$250
Total Fees:$8,524$18,706

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: GDEV
  • Program length: Six semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $7,144 (CAD)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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