Programs
Skill Development Driven - Course

If you’re reading this, then – like us – you have the aspiration to work on video games for a living. And the Game Design Skills programs do just that.

From first-time aspiring game designers to professional full-time game designers, the proven skill & knowledge development inside a GDS course help take you to that next level.

Hear directly from some of our students as they begin to do they dream job for a living and thrive in the game development industry.

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Introduction to Game Design
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Introduction to Game Design

A quick way to “get your hands dirty” and to step into the shoes of a game designer to see if game design is right for you.

As an aspiring game designer, it’s discouraging to have a lack of understanding of where to start, and even worse, you don’t even know what a game designer actually does…

This course is designed as a hands-on pathway for complete beginners to understand what game designers do and dabble in different sub-aspects of game design to actually experience the roles.

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Fundamental Game Design Programs

These programs are designed to help you understand and develop the core game design understanding and practical skillset.

First Principles of Game Design: The Art & Science of Creating Fun
First Principles of Game Design: The Art & Science of Creating Fun

Learn the fundamental principles to consistently engineer a fun human experience in the context game design and most importantly how to practice & hone the skill, not just theory-craft.

The principles we teach has been used to create some of the best rated features in award winning video games such as League of Legend, World of Warcraft, and Ori and The Will of The Wisps.

Instructor: Alexander Brazie

Game Design Fundamentals: Rapid Prototyping & Iteration
Game Design Fundamentals: Rapid Prototyping & Iteration

Having the ability to prototype for your implementation idea and iterate the idea to a polish are the essential core skills of a game designer.

In this course, we have our 20-year game designer and educator (who professionally trains Jr. Designer in AAA Game Studios) guiding your learnings.

Advanced Game Design Programs

These programs are designed to help you understand and develop the core game design understanding and practical skillset.

Mastering Game Mechanics: Crafting More Interactive Gameplay
Mastering Game Mechanics: Crafting More Interactive Gameplay

Understand and practically adopt the major concepts and proven mental models professional game designers use when structuring games and gameplay.

From game balance, to depth and player controllers, this program teaches the major tried & true lessons the instructors have learned from a combined 40 years of game development experience.

Game Feature Design: From Ideation to Quality Finish
Game Feature Design: From Ideation to Quality Finish

Hone the skills and understanding to navigate a wealth of opinions, biases, production realities, and technical hurdles for making games within a team environment. Ultimately to facilitate a collaborative effort to create a polished fun game feature.

The methodology taught has been implemented in games such as Destiny 2 and Red Dead Redemption

The game design weekly digest

Every week, we send out an exclusive email with the goal of providing you with proven tips & strategies on how to:

  • Land a job as a game designer
  • Avoid getting stuck scoping your game
  • Build an effective portfolio that actually works
  • Learn design fundamentals to help you excel in your career