Game - Design - 374

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
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.

Explore design thinking and design building as it relates to the development of physical and digital games.

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)

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Program delivery

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Admission

Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Statement of Interest
  • Game Design Activity

Statement of Interest 

Applicants must submit a statement of interest where they can describe their experience with gaming/game design, interest in our EDI-focused program, and their future goals. If you have any queries about this statement of interest, please reach out to us at game-design [at] mohawkcollege.ca (game-design[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca) for assistance. 

Game Design Activity 

The game design activity is meant to assess thinking. It helps demonstrate their ability to follow instruction and highlights their problem-solving/critical thinking. The activity would also include an EDI-specific game design consideration to further see their thinking around it. It also signals to prospective students the kind of work that is most relevant to the program. There is a high correlation between successful activities and a student's performance and retention in game design. 

After you have submitted your application on ontariocolleges.ca, please complete the Game Design activity found here


Options are available for mature applicants.


Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

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Tuition and Fees

Estimated 2023-2024 tuition and fees

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

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$864.60$758.46
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$3,296.00$3,296.00
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$4,160.60  $4,054.46
Total 1st Year Fees$8,215.06

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


Estimated International 2023-2024 tuition and fees

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

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,875.00$8,875.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00 $375.00 
Total International Per Semester$9,325.00$9,250.00
Total 1st Year Fees$18,575.00

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

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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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

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 in our digital game development courses. 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. While all anticipated software run on both Windows 10/11 and macOS laptops, we recommend Windows laptops as it is the primary platform for digital game development.

Mohawk College currently has a partnership agreement with Dell. To receive educational discounts when purchasing your new laptop, please visit the Mohawk Custom Online Store. 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 the Technology Solutions tab.
  • Navigate to the Computer Store and click “Online Dell Store.”
  • Once you arrive at the Mohawk College Discount Store webpage, select “Shop Your Standard Configuration” to see the list of laptops we recommend for this program. 

Minimum (Better) and Recommended (Best) 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 SSD
    • Recommended machine: Dell Inspiron 16 Plus (7630) or Dell XPS (9530)

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. Apple laptops are not recommended as they are not a game design industry standard, but will work if it can run the required software.

Software Requirements

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: A monthly subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud can be purchased from the Adobe Creative Cloud website.
  • Microsoft Office: Available with your Microsoft 365 account.
  • Unity: Free student version from Unity
  • Visual Studio (Community Edition): Free download from Microsoft

Hardware Requirements

  • 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 access to 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 External 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
    • Digital Drawing Pen: Students will use XP Pen graphic tablets as part of select courses in this program. Students will need a PA2-compatible XP Pen stylus. We recommend the XP Pen PA2 Battery-free Stylus.

Faculty

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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 Game-Design@mohawkcollege.ca

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Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

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*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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