Game - Design - 374

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Explore design thinking and design building as it relates to the development of physical and digital games

Mohawk's new Game - Design Advanced Diploma program will prepare you for a career in the industry by developing a wide range of skills needed for creating and iterating unique gaming environments, levels, characters, assets, props and systems. The program combines design, technical and artistic skills used in game production. 

Program Highlights

  • Join a rapidly growing industry with a need for skilled personnel. 
  • Learn from professionals with deep connections to the gaming industry.
  • Network with Hamilton's growing game industry and beyond.
  • Benefit from smaller class sizes where you will receive more focused attention from faculty.
  • Engage in experiential learning by participating in real-world projects with industry partners. 
  • Build a professional portfolio and network with studio representatives.
  • Experience a program that models equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) by examining ethical questions about content creation and workplace interactions.

What you'll learn

  • Study game design and game art to create impactful, immersive user experiences.
  • Learn the systems and mechanics that are fundamental in the game industry.
  • Use industry-standard hardware and software.
  • Develop functional multi-level games.
  • Discover new and diverse topics within gaming, including education, training, entertainment and social work.
  • Use gamification to attract audiences and players.
  • Explore opportunities to develop pathways and connections with various Mohawk programs.


Program Length

3 academic years (periods of 8 months)

Program Promos

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Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

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Tuition and Fees

Estimated 2022-2023 tuition and fees

Fees have not been established for the first intake in Fall 2023.

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $846.45 $727.48 
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $3,296.00 $3,296.00
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $4,142.45   $4,023.48
Total 1st Year Fees $ $8,165.93

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

Estimated International 2022-2023 tuition and fees

Fees have not been established for the first intake in Fall 2023.

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,770.00 $8,770.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00  $375.00 
Total International Per Semester $9,220.00 $9,145.00
Total 1st Year Fees $18,365.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Course Overview & Descriptions

Program of Studies for the Game - Design (374) program
Course Name Total Hours
Semester 1
Fundamentals of Design 42
Game History 42
Design Thinking 56
Game Engines 1 (2D) 56
Game Assets 1 (2D) 56
Game Ethics 42
Communications 42
Semester 2
Game mechanics 42
Story Development 42
Playtesting 42
Game Engines 2 (3D) 56
Game Assets 2 (3D) 56
Introduction to Prototyping 56
Elective 1 42
Semester 3
Play Design 42
Level Design 1 (2D) 42
User Experience 42
Cinematography 56
Game Assets 3 (Audio) 56
Prototyping 2 56
Elective 2 42
Semester 4
Game System Design 42
Level Design 2 (3D) 42
Psychology for Game Design 42
Game System Programming 56
Game Assets 4 (Shaders & VFX) 56
Design Practise (6 cred) 84
Elective 3 42
Semester 5
Game Economics 42
The business of Game Design 42
Capstone 1 126
Elective 4 42
Semester 6
Experiential Design 42
Portfolio Preparation 56
Capstone 2 126
Elective 4 42

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities




Your future career options

Design Roles:

  • Combat Designer
  • Economy Designer
  • Game Designer
  • Gameplay Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Live Service Designer
  • Narrative Designer
  • Quest Designer
  • Systems Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • User Interface Designer
  • World Designer

Technical Roles:

  • App /Mobile Developer
  • Game Developer
  • Game Scripter
  • Technical Artist
  • Technical Designer
  • Tools Designer
  • Unity/Unreal Developer

Marketing Roles:

  • Community Manager

Quality Assurance Roles:

  • Quality Assurance Tester (QA Tester)


Where you could work includes:

  • Game design studios
  • Web design 
  • Television
  • Film 
  • Advertising 
  • E-sports

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *


Pathways beyond Mohawk

  • See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
  • Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
  • Graduates are encouraged to explore Mohawk College's micro-credentials to build on their experience.

Additional Information

The Game Design program has a mandatory laptop requirement. All students are required to have a laptop that is capable of effectively running the software packages that we use for instruction. This provides our students with 24/7 access to industry-relevant production tools and learning resources.

The requirement of an approved game development capable laptop is foundational to our learning structure and is necessary upon program entry. We have updated our policy to include laptops capable of meeting our required software specifications - both Windows PC laptops and MacBook Pro laptops.

Mohawk College currently has a partnership agreement with Dell. We recommend that you shop on Mohawk's Custom Online Dell Store to receive educational discounts when purchasing your new Laptop. If you already own a laptop which meets our minimum standard necessary to run the required software, a new purchase will not be required.


To Access Mohawk’s Custom Online Store:

  • Login to your MyMohawk account with your MohawkID and password.
  • Click on Technology Solutions.
  • Navigate to the Computer Store.
  • Once you arrive at the Mohawk College Discount Store webpage, select the link at the top right corner to view a list of the laptops we recommend for this program.


Minimum and recommended Workstation Laptop configurations for Fall 2023:

  • Windows Workstation
    • OS: Windows 10 or 11 (64-bit)
    • CPU: Intel 12th Gen i7 or better
    • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3050 or better
    • RAM: 16GB or greater (32GB recommended)
    • Internal storage: 500GB or greater, solid state drive technology
    • Recommended machine: Dell XPS Laptop
  • macOS Workstation
    • OS: macOS 12 Monterey
    • CPU: Apple M1 Max (8-core) or better
    • GPU: Apple M1 Max (10-core) or better
    • RAM: 16GB unified memory or greater (32GB recommended)
    • Internal storage: 500GB or greater
    • Recommended machine: Apple MacBook Pro

Note: Basic PC laptops and Chromebook devices will not be able to run the required professional game development software that our students will use regularly during each semester of the Game Design program.



  • Mobile Device: The Game Design program teaches many different aspects of game development. Mobile games represent the largest demographic in digital games. As such, it is a requirement that all students have an Android mobile device, phone or tablet, for use in mobile development.
    • OS: Android 10 or later
    • Note: Android devices are used because the development ecosystem is free and accessible on both Windows and macOS computers. iOS devices such as iPhones present additional challenges as they require both macOS computers for development and paid development access.
  • Personal Storage:
    • Minimum capacity: 1TB
    • Technology: solid-state drive (SSD)
    • Read/Write Speeds: approximately 500MB/second or greater (USB 3.1 or better)
    • Connector: USB-A or USB-C connector as required to interface with your laptop
    • Recommended: ‎SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD
  • Digital Drawing Pen:
    • Specific technology requirements will be shared soon.

Contact us

Game - Design Special Advisor, Dr. Angela Stukator

Dr. Angela Stukator

Dr. Angela Stukator is an arts educator whose career includes teaching at the University of Western Ontario, and academic leadership at Sheridan College and Haliburton School of Art and Design. She brings to Mohawk College expertise in game design and animation, and the priority of creating programs that model best practices. An advocate of lifelong learning, Angela is dedicated to promoting domestic and global opportunities for students at all stages of their professional development. 

Dr. Angela Stukator can be contacted at

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