Monday, March 18, 2013

Cultivate Competitive Edge for Ever-Evolving Industry with Game Design Program

Game design program, offered at Centennial College’s Game Art and Design creates a band of innovative and technical sound video games creators. Wikipedia defines the video game as “an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device.”

Today, that includes a number video game consoles (such as Xbox, Wii and PlayStation 3) as well as computers, handheld devices and arcade games. With the technological advances, a demand for those who have attended game design programs continues to grow.

Designed by the expert industry professionals and employing instructors who have broad field experience, Centennial College’s game design program takes just 16 months (continuous) to prepare students for a career of imagination, innovative design and storytelling in the dynamic and intensely creative interactive game industry.

Upon graduation from the school game design, the students are fully geared up for positions  like game concept artists, concept and environments and effects artists, character and level designers, character and 3D modelers/texture artists, and character animators.

The students are taught the required skills and knowledge through a variety of techniques. For example, a hands-on approach to learning in labs simulates a real-world production setting and students receive intensive hands-on training and learn how to build 2D and 3D art assets for games, develop game environments and characters and express their one-of-a-kind creativity. The game design program also covers topics like compositions and colour, game theory social history of design, digital painting, life drawing, character design, lighting, post effects and material editing, and more. Moreover, the small size of the class allows the students to get several hours of one-on-one help with each project.

Meanwhile, the valuable experience and industry contacts are also gained through studio visits, industry events and a field placement, which is a part of school of game design.

The game design program field placement usually takes place in the final semester and allows the learners to put their knowledge on test as well as gain new knowledge by working alongside game design professionals. In order to learn about the job seeking process, students send out their portfolio to the company of their choice.

The aspirants of game design program are needed to have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have finished the compulsory English 12C or U credit, a skills assessment or equivalent. Lastly, students are required to submit a portfolio that must feature 10 to 15 life drawings, sketches, paintings, sculptures or digitally produced artwork. Preference for the program will be given to applicants who can demonstrate some familiarity with one or more graphics applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, 3DS Max or Maya. If students do not submit digital artwork, they will be tested to determine your level of computer proficiency.

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