Game Development

and Design
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Program Overview

The Game Development and Design program focuses on providing graduates with a solid foundation in the technical and artistic skills needed to be successful in the game, animation, and CGI industries. Key components to this are developing an understanding of storytelling, asset creation, basic coding
languages, creative design, game play, game engines, basic game creation fundamentals, modelling, and animation techniques. Students will acquire a foundation in traditional artistic techniques, through colour theory, design fundamentals, and life drawing. Additionally, there will be fundamental
instruction in lighting, texturing, environment modelling, layout, and design. Students will be able to apply industry standard software tools and techniques to production processes. A key program outcome is the development of an industry standard portfolio.


The program prepares graduates for careers in a variety of CGI-based industries. Graduates of the program will find employment in computer animation studios, game development companies, postproduction, and special effects studios. They may also work for industrial design firms and software producers, or for companies that require the production of 3D graphics and animation.


  • Computer Animation Studios Computer Animation Studios generate digital imagery and media products for various forms of entertainment.
  • Game Development Companies Game Development Companies produce 3D digital imagery and media products for game design and development.
  • Post Production Studios Post Production Studios involve editing content for final production through colour grading, building and improving upon animation and visual effects for optimal visuals. 
  • Special Effects Studios Special Effects Studios or SFX / FX are visual illusions for various entertainment industries, including gaming, film, animation, and other applications.
  • Industrial Design Firms Industrial Design Firms or Product Design Agencies use 3D software and designers to produce mockups, instructions, or builds in product design.
  • Software Producers Software Producers create internal software for professional usage.


  • Work with major trends in visual arts in the game, animation and visual effects industries.
  • Apply critical thinking and creative expression techniques.
  • Analyze and critique a production.
  • Draw a character and its environment.
  • Produce a concept sketch.
  • Shape a model.
  • Stage a scene.
  • Design game environments and characters.
  • Develop a storyboard.
  • Produce computer-generated images.
  • Produce 3D models of props.
  • Prepare 3D models of characters.
  • Animate characters.
  • Create digital visual effects.
  • Present a professional portfolio.
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Courses Timeline

Your program begins with teaching you the fundamental skills necessary for your future as an artist. These traditional, digital and informational skills give you a strong foundation — all are focused on building your skills and knowledge to succeed in the media industry.

You expand your skills and understanding of the production pipeline by focusing on the foundations of storytelling, character development and planning.

Get hands-on digital techniques and training to understand the next steps in development and how to bring your visions into reality utilizing current software and methodologies.

Expand your previous skillset and learn to visualize and conceptualize digital concepts. Through a series of projects and assignments, learn to synthesize your creativity with industry standards and subject matter experts.

Delving into more advanced techniques and bringing ideas to life, you learn various critical workflows and focus on developmental aspects which showcase your accumulated skills.

In preparation for graduation, you will hone your skills and continue to advance as you focus on your portfolio pieces and projects. These pieces and projects will showcase and demonstrate all your acquired knowledge and skills, ensuring industry success.

  • Colour & Design

    This course will build students’ understanding of colour and design principles through exploration and application across media, visual, and applied practice. This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of colour theory through design, such as layout, composition, balance, colour science and theory and teach them how to apply these principles. These concepts will be reinforced through specific practical exercises and activities that will...

  • Life Drawing I

    This is an introductory level course that prepares students to draw anatomically correct structures of the human body. Students will learn to draw the human figure in correct anatomic detail based on the observation of live models. This course will emphasize the anatomically correct proportions of the human body and the accurate portrayal of muscles and other landmarks by applying various techniques of shading and lighting, views, and perspective. Topical coverage...

  • Photoshop I

    In this course, students will gain an understanding of the application and importance of image editing and construction as a universal skill in across diverse design genres. This course introduces students to raster image-editing software, Adobe Photoshop. Through this 'hands-on' course, students will acquire skills with workflow fundamentals, as well as advanced features, and tips, and acquire the skills to prepare images for digital output and print. Emph...

  • Intro to 3D Software

    In this course, students will learn the basic principles of animation. Students will participate in several practical projects designed to illustrate the fundamental processes of animation. Students will explore the different types of animation, including stop-motion, visual effects, traditional animation, and CG. The course will explore how traditional animation techniques apply in the modern world of CG animations.

  • Game Theory

    This course offers a rigorous exploration of theoretical foundations and hands-on applications. Grounded in contemporary research, the course is designed to equip students with a profound understanding of current trends, game design principles, and various processes and gamification principles and the expertise to strategically implement them across diverse contexts. The aim is to reconfigure methodologies in engagement, motivation, and user experiences. This cou...

  • 3D Production Basics

    This is an intensive introduction to the complexities of working in a 3D application. The first portion of the class will focus primarily on the tools in Maya, with navigation and the interface as key elements. Students will learn how to work in 3D through simple and intermediate projects. Time will then be spent introducing modelling in both NURBS and polygons. Students will then cover simple unwrapping procedures while understanding the complexities of UVs. Bas...

  • Intro to Unity C#

    This course introduces the Unity game engine. Students will explore how to navigate Unity’s UI and learn the C# coding language. This course is intended to help students dive into game design as early as possible by creating their very own games.

  • Character Design

    This course explores the design and production of characters for the industry. Students learn the principles of good character design, from research to final detailing, while focusing on character development, style, and personality to achieve expressive, well-developed, appealing characters. By the end of this course, students should be able to work with various styles, archetypes and body structures to construct their characters.

  • Storyboarding

    This course introduces students to the concept of storyboarding and how it is used in the game development process. The course will explore the basic game design process, the elements that go into final production storyboards, and how the art is integrated. Students will learn how to create clear, concise storyboards.

  • Character Modelling I

    The key focus of this course is being able to think like a character modeller. Simple characters will be lit, unwrapped, and textured to ensure that existing designs are accurately presented. Professional design methods will be followed. Assignments and designs will be pre-determined to ensure efficiency and the understanding of the techniques and process.

  • Game Conceptualization

    In this course students explore the planning stages of a game. Student will use non-digital and digital methods to develop different concepts that are dynamic and engaging. Students will work in teams to discuss and plan these concepts. There will be group presentations and analysis of these projects to explore their viability and game play. Students will also spend time in this course analyzing both traditional board games and digital games through the last 50 yea...

  • Environmental Modelling I

    This course explores the design and development of 3D environmental modelling. Students will learn how to observe real-world environments and then translate their observations into the production of interior and exterior environments. Students will also learn to factor staging and environmental mood into the design and structure of the environment. Topical coverage includes effective environment design, interior environments, exterior environments, creating illusio...

  • Level Design I

    This course will introduce students to design, and environment modelling concepts and techniques used by the industry in the development of video game levels. Focus will be on the theory behind both the artistic (design) aspects of level design, and platform specific technical considerations. Students will then apply learned aspects and gain practical development experience using industry standard game engines by the design and development of levels.

  • Lighting and Texture I

    This course is an introductory level course in texturing and lighting. Students will be introduced to the use of various Adobe Photoshop painting and editing tools and techniques in conjunction with the Autodesk Maya UV and material toolset. Students will learn how to create a wide variety of textures, including basic surfaces such as wood and fabric, photo-realistic textures based on photographs, and techniques used for texturing game and film environments. Studen...

  • Character Modelling II

    This course explores more advanced designs and human anatomy in the development of male and female character models. Students will work with the available tools to add realism to these designs. Time is spent developing low poly models that are well-built and dynamic. Students will work with pre-designed characters and real-life reference material to ensure that the models are proportional and have proper anatomy.

  • Level Design II

    This course builds upon fundamental design concepts from previous courses, explores game creation techniques, including content and workflows, and explains design and development skills using leading game engines. Topics covered include industry techniques for planning, production, methodologies, technical considerations, and project tools for enhancements and performance optimization. The course also focuses on team-oriented skills through a series of exercises...

  • Environmental Modelling II

    This advanced studio course explores the development of 3D environmental modelling and design. Students will work with a predeveloped concept and follow the required specifications to develop professional environments and then translate their research into the production of dynamic environments. Students will also learn to consider staging, atmosphere, and environmental mood to enhance the professional look of the environment. Topical coverage includes effective ad...

  • Lighting and Texture II

    This course builds upon the previously covered topics of lighting and textures. It will take the students beyond the basic light sources and shadows and explore lighting and texturing as an art. Students will learn advanced lighting and texturing skills and techniques and how to apply them to their final modelling and animation projects. Students will learn to select the appropriate light type for a particular situation, as well as the correct material 2D and 3D te...

  • Rigging

    This course explores the process of preparing the setup of a character model for advanced animation. The course will take the students through the steps of character modelling and animation, with a focus on the rigging of the characters. Students will learn how to prepare and set up character rigs, bind structures to geometry, and work with meshes and armature. Students will learn how to rig facial expressions and lip movement and how to rig and animate armature. T...

  • Development Software I

    This course introduces students to the process of using software project management and programming developer tools and practices on the Unreal Engine development platform. Students will become familiar with introductory software, designing user experiences, and using developmental software.

  • Game Project Management

    In this course, students will use project management software tools and approaches to organize, in an iterative fashion, the process of developing their games. This will enable them to demonstrate the ability to show their steps in bringing a player experience to completion through setting targets, scheduling, outlining tasks, documentation, and presentation of skills while maintaining their evolving project vision.

  • Character Modelling III

    In this advanced character modelling class, students will develop high poly models working between both Maya and Zbrush with a special focus on digital sculpting and texturing. Students will learn the interface and tools in Zbrush while designing and modelling their own characters. By the end of this course, students will understand the industry approach to developing character models and begin to assess if this is the creative direction they would like to explore...

  • Game Animation I

    In this course, students will develop advanced animation that will work in real-time game engines. Students will analyze real-world examples and work in Maya to develop believable animations. The course will then cover how to incorporate these animated characters in game engines to ensure that the animation works in the required environment. Students will analyze the movements and revise the content to ensure that the animation is appealing and works within a game...

  • Portfolio I

    Portfolio I is a conceptualizing and planning course for the development of the final student demo reel and portfolio. Students will discuss and create a plan and consider their options while developing designs and storyboards for their final project. Students will develop two pre-visual animatics and a production proposal focusing on design, colour, and composition. Students will consider the timing, overall aesthetic, technical information, and traditional design...

  • Compositing and Editing

    This course focuses on the video presentation aspects of the final demo reel. Students will work with compositing and editing tools to add the final touches to their presentations. The course will focus on small projects that will help the student understand the complexities and tools of compositing and editing, and students will then create their final edit with the assistance of the Portfolio and Compositing and Editing instructors.

  • Effects Animation

    Students will explore the basics of digital effects animation and work with particles and effects tools with Maya. They will work with the digital tools to develop simple, dynamic animations while considering effects elements to add life and atmosphere to their reels. Students will cover the basic forces and elements, such as fire and water, and discuss the lighting mood and atmosphere created by these effects. Timing physics and design will be key components in en...

  • Interface Design

    This course will examine UI (user interface) and UX (user experience) principles and how they are applied in the design of games. We will begin with an exploration of groundbreaking video games and gaming technologies and conclude with the evolving impact of tablet and mobile technologies on the user experience and interface applications. Experiences will include the development of a series of static innovative designs and solutions for UI and UX practices. Designs...

  • Portfolio II

    This course will prepare the students for graduation and final portfolio development. Students will develop a final demo reel to showcase their strengths and talents in a branded, visually appealing presentation. Students will have the option to develop a demo reel that focuses on their interests and skills within the 3D industry. There will be a focus on content that showcases primary skills such as animation or modelling, and there will also be an opportunity to...

Costs & Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent (From an English language teaching institution) OR
  • Mature student status (19 years of age upon starting classes and passing the college’s admissions test.)

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Check out and connect with some Alumni on LinkedIn.

  • Alumni 1 Noel Gabriel Ambrosio 2020
  • Alumni 2 Nikki Katouzian 2022
  • Alumni 4 Dryden Sereda 2022
  • Alumni 4 Madison Prangnell 2020
  • Alumni 5 Tuong Kim Thuy Nguyen 2020

Student Testimonials

  • If it wasn't for VCAD I don't think I would be where I am today. I've had some amazing opportunities, I've met some wonderful people - amazing connections, and I'll be forever grateful.

    - Sabrina Laprise
  • The most important thing that I learned at VCAD was how to use software - graphic design software.

    - Ewa Wawryszuk
  • What drew me to the interior design program was that it was a creative industry and also that it's business oriented.

    - Luc Kwan
  • I chose VCAD because of all the options and programs that they offered, and I wanted to succeed and through not just my classes but also making like really cool things that I'm proud of.

    - Luke Johnston
  • The instructors are really helpful, even outside school projects. They gave me a lot of advice about improving my skills as a graphic designer.

    - Maricel Benjamin
  • The most valuable part of the program is the one on one time with the teachers. They are always willing to go out of their way to make sure you understand what you are doing.

    - Katrina Selkirk


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